My goal for this next year is to be relaxed about schooling since we will be living in a new place and I don’t know how the boys will handle having their daddy gone (plus Ethan still has another year before official “school” age)… But as I type out the list of books we will be reading this next year it seems like a lot! Fortunately we love to read and many of the literature books we can download on audio from our library, and of course they aren’t all going to be finished this year, many of the books will take several years to complete and will be repeated.
I have also recorded many of the poems I want the boys to learn and burned them on a cd so we can listen to them in the car as we drive around town. Both Ethan and Joshua can recite at least 10 poems from memory now. (This is also how we learn scripture mastery and Articles of Faith. Ethan knows all thirteen articles of faith and Joshua knows the first four and both have several scripture mastery’s down).
We will also supplement Joshua’s education (three years old) with the new http://more.starfall.com/ site which has pretty good preschool activities (especially for only $35!) and Bob Books iphone app.
The Story of the World
50 Famous Stories Retold
Our Island Story
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans
The Story of Benjamin Franklin
Who Was George Washington?
Math U See
Literature: (Just to name a few!)
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
A Treasury of Children’s Literature
Little House on the Prarie Series
Just So Stories
Five Little Peppers and how they Grew
Paddle to the Sea
Speak Spanish with Dora & Diego
Tae Kwon Do
And on Mom’s list for next year:
*Parenting with Love and Logic: just ordered this book and am LOVING it. Need to memorize it and apply it this year!
*The Entitlement Trap: read a few articles on this book here http://ldsmag.com/family/parenting/article/8416?ac=1 and am really interested in learning how to apply these ideas to our family.
*Finishing up the Little Women series, some Georgette Heyer books, a few other classics and a some LDS doctrine books
*Use the Institute Manuals during personal scripture study
*Run at least 3 half marathons (and a full marathon this fall!)
*Keep up on our digital scrapbooks
*Attend the temple at least 3 times a month
*Be more diligent in journal writing and begin my personal history