For both options, regardless:
- Language Arts
Then, Option A would simply be to continue as is... basically unschooling all other subjects, following interests, etc.
- The kids get to figure out what they are interested in, and explore it
- They tend to jump around from subject to subject sometimes, which can make getting resources in a timely fashion hard
- Lack of follow-through
- Sometimes even they feel they're not "doing" or "learning" enough!
Option B is a little more "schooly". We would use The Big History Project for history*, and this awesome science book (biology) that I found, called Life on Earth**.
- More organized
- Might get around to more projects in science, as they are part of the text
- Would introduce The Boy to a good study of biology (he's always been the physics guy here), and would introduce The Girl to more biology than animals
- Could develop a better understanding of history as a whole
- Having to follow through!
- Less room for rabbit trails
**I think we're most likely to use the biology text mentioned if we do formal science, but I'm also considering science tied in with history, if we use The Big History Project or Hakim's Story of Science
She's worked on multiplication, division, mode, median, angles, addition, subtraction, perimeter, and more during those hours. Yesterday, I found I could give her assignments too, to focus on a skill area I think she needs help with! And, when I login, I can see how well she did on the assignment, and exactly which problems she struggled with. After she completes the assignment, she can move into free play, and that's where she's getting an intro to geometry, fraction work, and a lot more. She has to answer math questions to move ahead through the game, defeating various creatures with math, and collecting new "pets" along the way.
I think we'll finish out our year with her working on this, and she can play it over the summer. In the fall.. well, we'll see!
I feel like I'm on one of these!