I have my lessons lined out in general for the school year as far as subjects and weekly agenda on curriculum goals. I am using A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner I used it last year and loved it. It has planning pages, monthly calendars, weekly layouts where I can add both boys lesson plans, student records, a place to list Things Accomplished, Special Activities, Supplies Needed, and a Reading List for each month. (They have an online planner and an physical planner. I prefer having it in my hands as I am not always by the computer when planning or getting school work done.)
Science - This was a tough choice this year. We do so much in nature ourselves I have yet to physically complete a biology section in our school year. This year we are taking on Biology. I had an awesome curriculum I wanted only to find out they wouldn't sell me the teacher guide. I could do it without the guide, but I like having the lesson plan layout and extra help if needed. (I have a biology degree and work as a chemist so am confident I can do it, but do love the guidance just in case). Anyway, I decided on my second choice of REAL Science Odyssey Biology Level 2. I like it because it has a set up to organize in 2, 3, or 5 days a week. We are chosing 3 days a week. Each week includes 2 labs, reading, answering questions, and review.
Geography - Mapping the World by Heart This will take us into the next school year, but I am okay with that. I want us to be able to take our time and really learn. Nico is also very particular about his drawings so it may take a while. I have heard and read so many good things about this curriculum. Nico is pretty good at geography anyway, so hoping this adds more fun to it.
Writing - Last year we attended Essentials through Classical Conversations. We loved it. However, this year it is not going to fit in with my new work schedule. I have found Cover Story Middle School Writing Curriculum. It is from the same creator of The One Year Adventure Novel. Nico really advanced in his writing last year so I did not want to lose that skill. This curriculum is presented on DVD's so I am a little more hands free for the teaching part of it. The previews are entertaining. The schedule is laid out nicely and does include some grammar, however, the focus is more on writing. (We will use last year's Essentials grammar charts again this year so we keep up on those skills). Nico will be responsible for his journal writing and paying attention to the assignment guide. Of course, I am there to guide and help. We are also continuing with Fix-It by IEW. This helps with grammar.MathUSee. Nico has been using this since preK and does really well with it.
Vocabulary/Spelling - Nico has always had issues with spelling. Last year we used All About Spelling and he progressed. I ran across Soaring with Spelling and Vocabulary in Practical Homeschool magazine. We are starting with Level 7. It is laid out in 5 daily lessons.
American Government and US Constitution, Part I. This is the description from the website "Curriculum, "The 5000 Year Leap" and 6 DVDs curriculum contains: textbook "The 5,000 Year Leap", suggested class schedule, suggested course requirements and grading standards, teaching objectives for each lesson, reading assignments, quizzes, examinations, and lesson presentations (6 DVDs). Additional textbooks may be purchased in the "Books" category For high school aged students." I am loving this because it does have the DVD's to give the presentations. I am not a government political type guru so this will be a big help for me. We will also get to the second part later in the year, "The Making of America".
Spanish - We will be using Rosetta Stone this year.
Nico will continue with his competitive Hip Hop and Karate as the extra curricular activities.
That will cover Nico's curriculum for the year. I think our days will go smoothly and Nico will grow in his studies this year by leaps and bounds. I am working to set us up for his High School years ahead. (I can't believe that time is almost here).