Keek’s lesson plan

Well… I’ve been working on Keeker’s lesson plan and I’ve decided not to be as specific as I was with Fishboy’s plan.  She’s really good with the library catalogs and with google so she can pick out her own books.  Besides, she may not have liked a book I picked out to go along with a subject.  This plan is like an outline, I have a week to week plan, too, but this one is easier to type up!.  We are going to cover these subjects this year and we’ll fill in the details as they happen. 🙂

Poetry:  Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, Wadsworth, 101 Famous poems.

History and Geography :  Review continents and oceans, review central and south American colonization and ancient civilizations, Medieval Europe and Africa, events leading up to the American Revolution, Constitution and Bill of Rights, war of 1812, Reformers and Humanitarians, American States and Capitals,  major mountain ranges, map skills

Math:  continue with arithmetic, introduction of fractions, decimals and percentages, geometry vocabulary, angles and degrees, perimeter, area, circumference and area, money matters

Spanish: Rosetta Stone

Penmanship:  copy work and journal keeping

Science:  review of past years, classification of plants, animals and minerals, plate tectonics including earthquakes, volcanoes, soil formation, inner structure of the earth, continental drift and the rock cycle, intro into chemistry, anatomy: respiration and circulation, meteorology, physics: properties of heat and light, environmental science: balance of nature, ecosystem, food webs, effect of pollution, magnetism, electricity, gardening

Music:  Orchestra introduction, music history and appreciation, use of reverb and echo, use of music in evolution and animal communication, beat music: Japan, African , Native American, 15th century music, Baroque styles, use and purpose of music in film, music of the 20th century by decade, current music, specific types of music: Jazz, blues, rock, new wave, electronica, classical, folk, country,a cappella and barbershop, funk and disco, homemade instruments, reading music

Handicrafts: brick and planter bird bath, clay, oatmeal soap, latch hook rug kit, bookmaking, sewing, paper cutting, digital card making, stamping, map making, crochet, gardening

Literature: The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford, Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith, Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Half Magic by Edward Eager, Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman, Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith, When the Soldiers Were Gone by Vera W Propp, Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat, Lafcadio the Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein, Keeper of the Doves by Betsy Byars, The Half-a-moon Inn by Paul Flieschman, The Bear’s House + Fran Ellen’s House both by Marilyn Sachs, Skinnybones + Almost Starring Skinnybones by Barbara Park, Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua, I Was A Rat! by Philip Pullman, The Monster Garden by Vivien Alcock and Shakespear’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Grammar: Sentence structure, paragraph, pre writing, topic paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, central paragraphs  Hopefully we’ll get a three paragraph report or literary review.  Keek does love visual reports and always includes verbose and descriptive captions.  So we’re not too far off to begin with!

Keep in mind that this is a guideline.  These are the subjects I will strew all over the house and encourage her to take an interest in.  If she finds one that she absolutely loves she can stick with it for a month or more!  However long it takes  to sate her curiosity.  If she’s not interested in a subject we’ll cover it as quickly as possible and move on.  Keek learns best when things are moving quickly.  If we drag too slowly through a boring tedious subject she looses momentum with the subjects she enjoys.  It’s a delicate balance I tell ya!

Her Literature list is also her book list.  Most I have found at one or the other of the library systems we frequent.  If, however, you run across Shel Silverstein’s, Lafcadio please tell me where!  It’s not so well known and a bit harder to find.  I’ll request purchase of it to both systems and we’ll see if they’ll buy.

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