It's hard to believe that my girl is going to be starting 5th grade this year! Wasn't it just yesterday that I was holding a little pink bundle in the hospital? But alas, at nine years old, half of her childhood is officially behind. Instead of focusing my thoughts on all that is past, I'm going to force myself to daydream about all that is yet to come...for her...for us!
I'm certain that this coming school year will be memorable as I've schemed up a few new adventures (highlighted in pink) just for her. In addition to what she will be learning alongside her brothers during our group lessons of Bible, history, science, art, etc. my Sweetie Pea will also be exploring...
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Because of our gifts of Myrrh every Christmas, we don't generally change our devotional books until after the new year, so she will continue on with a rotation of her 2013 devotional resources which included: (7x a week)
- Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids
- What the Bible Is All About Handbook for Kids
- The Christian Girl's Guide to Style
(Just between me and you, I plan on getting her God Has Big Plans For You, Esther this Christmas because she absolutely loves the book of Esther and I absolutely love Kay Arthur's kid's studies. She will begin this in January 2014 and continue on with it for the remainder of the school year.)
- BJU English 5 (4x a week)
- finish All About Spelling 3 and move on to All About Spelling 4 (4x a week) - Although she does exceptionally well at ALL OTHER language-oriented skills, my daughter has always struggled with spelling. Since switching to All About Spelling last year, her confidence and skill level have both improved immensely. (Here is my "2 cents" on the program.)
- continue adding her English 5 writing assignments to her writing portfolio notebook (once every few weeks)
- continue writing to her penpal that she has had for the past five years (1x a month)
- read for pleasure (every day)
- read a handful of classics, biographies, and exceptional fiction chapter books that I will assign to her throughout the year (4x a week)
- Teaching Textbooks Math 7 (4x a week)
- Rosetta Stone Mandarin Chinese (2x a week)
- Independent project-based learning (4x a week with a presentation 1x a month)
- Type Kids Typing program or Typing Instructor, whichever she wants to do that day (1x a week)
- Mensa Mighty Mind Benders cards (1 card a week)
- piano lessons (1x a week, practice 5x a week)
So that's what she'll be up to this coming school year? I'm looking forward to seeing her continue to develop into a wonderful young lady who loves the Lord and loves to learn!