This week I am creating reading lists for each child as well as writing our master schedule. The reading lists are below. If you click on the link you should be able to view and download the lists.
Each reading list is comprised of books that I would like my child to read for the school year. Some of the books are mandatory (because they correspond with the curriculum) and others are for fun. My children also read many books that are not on the list, but I use the list as a guide throughout the year.
To create my list, first I look through the curriculum and list the books they must read. Then I consult one of my favorite reference books, Honey for a Childâ€™s Heart. This is a great book for getting ideas for your child. Most of the books recommended in Honey for a Child’s Heart are accompanied by a brief write up, which I find exceptionally valuable. I then visit some of my favorite curriculum websites to borrow from their reading lists. Some of the websites I visit are; Veritas Press, Sonlight, Ambleside Online, Five in a Row, and Total Language Plus. Finally, I search the library catalog for books that my child my be interested in reading. For example, I have one child who is very interested in birds, so I am creating a list of bird books for him to read.
Here are the books lists I have compiled for this school year. These lists will change throughout the year, as I add new books and occasionally delete books.
Yesterday, I finished creating my 2008 homeschool schedule. I use Managers of their Homes to create a schedule for our daily activities. I am sure this schedule will change many times throughout the year, but this will give you a general idea of what we are doing. You can view the entire schedule here.
I realized after I uploaded this schedule that I might be making a few changes already. We have started bike riding as a family and haven’t decided whether a morning or afternoon ride works best for us.