Homeschool Plans 2016, 8 Year Old Girl

We are starting our year using Five In A Row volume 4. I am so excited to have the opportunity to create some lovely memories with her. My main aim is to help her fall in love with books and reading more for herself. I plan to use The Australian Book Traveller (which is free by the way, ‘smiles’, link below) in the following term. The Australian Book Traveller has similarities to FIAR. When I first did the ABT with child number one, I was glad I had used FIAR before. FIAR gave me skills to get the most out of the Australian books and helped me to look for good support Materials. I know that she will love both of these programmes. Ooh, I do so enjoy all the parcels of lovely new books arriving this time of year. I have purposefully planned this year so that I have not had to buy much at all. I was trying to use what I have already acquired from previous years of homeschooling. So far I’ve bought three books and a new map, which I will show you soon, SQUEE!

Five In A Row includes these following subjects:

Australian Book Traveller (FREE) includes these following subjects:

The books are just beautiful from these programmes and she is one of those children who are happy to read the same book over quite a few times. So very worthwhile us purchasing them.

Other additions to our week are:


Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl adapted for Australian children from Homeschooling Downunder. I have used this programme before and it is very comprehensive that takes a holistic literature based lessons that supports my overall approach.
Really Reading phonics overview from Tanglewood. We have used this as a quick review. There are about 22 lessons that take about five minutes each.
Proverbs Copywork: Print to Cursive from Simply Charlotte MasonIMG_3345

Miquon Math Green and Yellow. These are also available as a download from CurrclickSupport material includes Education Unboxed . We have benefited from this discovery based, hands on math programme and felt that although it is not Australian it is a great fit for us at this time. This programme is inexpensive as are the Cuisenaire Rods that you will need to use it. You will need the Lab Sheet Annotations as your teachers guide.


Power-Glide French

Big Book of Animal Devotions (when we are not in FIAR I will use this) and we read Leading Little Ones to God by Marion Schooland at bedtime at the moment.
The New International Readers Version Discoverer’s Bible in Large Print (this has been great for our young reader with larger print than you would normally find in a bible, but still small, hehe. She uses this for herself, but our family reading is usually from the ESV-English Standard Version)

Outdoor Secrets

Wonders of Our World

Handbook of Nature Study

Science in the Beginning by Dr Jay Wile

The World Of George Washington by Genevieve Foster (I really enjoy these. I think these are a great read aloud for younger students and a good independent read for older students. I figure if I still enjoy it at my age, it is a good book choice.)
A Child’s History of the World, by Virgil Hillyer
Hero Tales volume 1 by Dave and Neta Jackson
History of Australia & Our Sunburnt Country (selected chapters)

Sketch Tuesday
Violin, Piano & Guitar lessons
Music based on our HSIE studies
Girls Choir (starts term 3)
Fine Arts Course Meet The Masters
Hodge Podge You Are An Artist, Chalk Pastels and Acrylics Tutorials

Tales From Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
The Random House Book of Poetry selected by Jack Prelutsky
Sara Teasdale
By The Shore of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls-Wilder
The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Graham
Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Meet Addy by Connie Porter
My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
The Courage Of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Paddle To The Sea by Holling C Holling
The Adventures of Old Mr Toad
Among The Forest People Clara Dillingham Pierson
Pannikin and Pinta by Colin Thiele
Bushland Secrets by Frances Mead and Kathleen Headley
Shy The Platypus by Leslie Rees
Tatsu the Frill-Necked Lizard by Barbara Kerr-Wilson
Sam Grace and The Shipwreck by Michelle Gillespie
The Little Wooden Horse by Mark Wilson
Rodeo Darcy by Alison Gregory
The Incredible Outback Adventures of Burke and Wills by Frank Clune
Old Blue The Rarest Bird In The World by Mary Taylor (great for a focus project on New Zealand, Australia’s Neighbour)

Books for mum for this age bracket:

The Three R’s by Ruth Beechick. ($$ well spent)

I am really looking forward to giving you an update on our first week and sharing with you how I plan for a Literature Study and using Five In A Row. Until next time friends, keep well.



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