Saturday, June 9, 2012

Getting Ready for next school year, part Deuce

So with Ace's stuff all decided, I need to work on Deuce's eighth grade plans.

English - Reading and Composition - I have a program that I actually wrote for Ace, that I'm just going to pass along to Deuce - it's heavy on the Verne, but I think she'll like it.  It has lots of creative opportunities.
Math - Continue with Singapore's NEM1 and move into NEM2 if it comes to that.
Science - I'm on the fence with this one.  I am considering the Connect the Thoughts Upper Level Science 1 Basics - but it does involve a lot of writing.  Not much actual experimenting or anything.  Mostly, it focuses on the scientific method, and I think that will be a good thing for her.  I guess, since I've already bought it, I'll try it and see how it goes.
Social Studies - Deuce would like to try another CLEP class, since she's already passed two of them, so I think we'll work on American Government and Politics.  I taught this a few years ago to Ace, and when she took the AP, she passed with a 5.  Deuce isn't thrilled about the essays involved with the AP, but is willing to try the class as a CLEP course.
Music - The violin will continue.  Deuce is becoming more and more accomplished with her playing.  I'd like to get her working on music theory as well as the lessons.
Art - I am going to attempt a fine art appreciation lesson this year for all the kids.  I will be starting out with Botticelli as our first semester artist, and using the artwork suggestions in Ambleside
Japanese Lanugage - I am very pleased that both Ace and Deuce have been so diligent in their learning of the Japanese Language using Rosetta Stone.  Deuce, particularly, has taken to it.  She also has been using a couple of iPad apps to learn Kanji, hiragana and katakana.  Since I purchased 3 years of Japanese, the kids are going to continue this program as well.

I think that this looks like a very well rounded school year for the girl.  She should still have time for her favorite hobby - hanging out in her bed, reading.