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Form II Curriculum

Here is the Form II curriculum! We will fill in the Experimental Science selection momentarily. Let us know if you have any questions, as this is a lot to take in!


[Differences between Form IIB (beginner) and IIA (advanced) are noted]

Subject: Bible

Schedule: (same as Form I) 4 X each week; 15 minute lessons. [LCC will cover 2 of these slots]

Book/Topic: At LCC, the second half of Luke, so at home days should cover your Old Testament studies. Continue in your family’s way of using the OT. There is a chart available of what passages Miss Mason used if you are interested. Wassells do 2 days of OT and add one day of ‘Catechism.’ We use various books for that.

Subject: History (FORM IIB & A)

Schedule: Here you see the streams at work, and how streams are added as students get older and more experienced. Form IIB: (Grade 4) American 20th Century: 2X per week for 30 minutes [LCC will cover one, do the other at home], British Heroic Age: 1X per week, 20 minutes [LCC will cover] Form IIA: (Grades 5-6): 20th Century American: 1X per week for 30 minutes [LCC will cover], British 20th Century: 1X per week for 20 minutes [cover at home], Ancient Stream: 1X per week for 30 minutes [LCC will cover].

Book/Topic: LCC will cover 20th century American for both IIB & A at the same time with the Gerald Johnson books (a spine text). Form IIB should cover British History in its heroic age, which LCC will do using Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall. Form IIA gets the Ancient Stream (which this year is Medieval) at LCC with A History of England by H.O. Arnold-Forster (a ‘spine text.’) We suggest filling the second slot of American History for Form IIB and the 20th Century British steam for IIA with biographies of great 20th Century Americans or with the novel listed in the Form I post. These serve American and British history as well as other parts of the world…the World Wars make things rather a global community, so this seems fair.

Subject: Geography

Schedule: 2X per week, 20 minutes [LCC will cover 1 slot]

Book/Topic: at LCC we will cover ‘Outdoor Geography’ by Herbert Hatch over 3 years. This serves as excellent ‘physical geography’ for these older students, with mapping, measuring, some weather and geology, etc. Some kids will get it ‘out of order’ which is fine. Your second slot at home should focus on a book covering the student’s own country in depth, region by region. This text should include information on the topography, industry, productions, culture and history as relative to its geography. VERY IMPORTANT to cover at home is the use of Miss Mason’s style of ‘Map Questions.’ See the Form I post for resources.

Subject: Citizenship for Form IIB

Schedule: 1X per week for 25 minutes [LCC will cover]

Book/Topic: Stories from the History of Rome by Mrs. Beesley (Miss Mason always used this in Form IIB as a way to ready students for Plutarch the following year).

Subject: Citizenship for Form IIA

Schedule: 1X per week for 25 minutes [LCC will cover]

Book/Topic: The Citizen Reader by H.O. Arnold-Forster (likely covered over 2 years)

Subject: Plutarch for Form IIA (this is technically part of Form IIA Citizenship)

Schedule: 4 meetings over the course of the year as a “Plutarch’s Tea” during afternoon time

Book/Topic: 2 lives, TBD. Stay tuned! This will involve reading to prepare at home to join in the tea-time conversation.

Subject: Literature Form IIB

Schedule: 1 times per week, 20 minutes [LCC will cover 1 slot]

Book/Topic: Heroes of Asgard by A & E Keary (to support Medieval studies this year)

Subject: Literature Form IIA

Schedule: 1 times per week, 20 minutes

Book/Topic: Shakespeare: The Tempest & King Lear over the course of the year

Subject: Recitation

Schedule: 5 X per week, 10 minutes [all at home, though to be put to good use at Symposium]

Book/Topic: Content for Form 1:

• Pieces are to be read beautifully and with understanding, memorization is not intended, though may often happen • 1 Psalm and 2 suitable passages of about 12 consecutive verses each taken from the Bible lessons per term • 40 lines from Term’s poet (child’s choice), OR, a scene from the term’s Shakespeare play per term • 1-2 hymns (spoken, not sung) per term

Subject: Transcription (aka copywork)

Schedule: FORM IIB: 5x per week for 10 minutes,

FORM IIA: 2X per week for10 minutes [all to be tackled at home]

Book/Topic: Miss Mason used ‘the new handwriting’, sort of a print/script hybrid. Resources on

Subject: Dictation

Schedule:Form IIB: 3 X per week, 20 minute lessons, plus 1 X per week, 10 minutes Form IIA: 1 X per week, 20 minute lesson, plus 1 X per week, 10 minutes

Book/Topic: A page from one of the student’s lesson books (preferably Shakespeare, or, otherwise, poetry) is to be studied, and a paragraph dictated when ready. Resources on if you need help learning this method.

Subject: Grammar

Schedule: Form II: 2 X per week, 15 minutes

Book/Topic: Begin with the idea of a sentence, before parts of speech, Move at the student’s pace, there must be no gaps. There is a resource to purchase on if you are interested.

Subject: Foreign Language (modern)

Schedule: Modern Language 1: 3 X per week, 20 minutes (both Form IIB and IIA)

Latin: 2 X per week, 30 minute lessons (Form IIA Only) [to be tackled at home…sorry!] Book/Topic: is one place to start, or

Subject: Drawing

Schedule: Form II has no drawing in morning Lessons, but it is suggested 3 X per week, 30 minutes each during afternoon occupations [LCC will cover in afternoon, but likely needs support at home depending on how often a student chooses this work at LCC]

Book/Topic: 6 brush drawings of seasonal special studies per term, 6 observation drawings each term, 6 studies (from memory) of animals the student has been able to observe, Other memory drawings, Original drawings of scenes from the books read during the term, During the Fall term, some Christmas-themed work (Calendar, cards, etc.)

Subject: Music Appreciation, or Composer Study

Schedule: 1 X per week, 10 minutes [We hope to have a station for Composer Study at LCC during the afternoons, but ideally supported at home as well]

Book/Topic: One composer per term is chosen. Listen attentively during the lesson time each week and as much as possible outside of lesson time. Coordination with the historical time period is not necessary at this age. There is no narration of this lesson. Composers to be firmed up at the EPD.

Subject: Art Appreciation, or Picture Study

Schedule: 1 X per week, 10 minutes [to be done at LCC but ideally supported at home]

Book/Topic: One artist per term is chosen. Some biographical information on the term’s artist is given as he is introduced. At least 6 works of art are studied by each artist every term. Intersperse Picture Talks on specific pieces throughout the term. Artists to be firmed up and packets printed at the EPD.

Subject: Singing

Schedule: 2 X per week, 10 minutes for English Songs/Solfa and 1 X per week, 10 minutes for Foreign Language Songs [done at LCC but ideally supported at home]

Book/Topic: songs to be firmed up and prepared at the EPD

Subject: Physical Education

Schedule: 2X per week for 15 minutes additional time in the afternoons [mostly done at LCC but ideally supported at home]

Book/Topic: We can provide resources for Swedish Drill, dancing and games if need be.

Subject: Handicraft

Schedule: Form I: daily, but as an Afternoon Occupation [various crafts, sloyd, and clay modeling offered in the afternoons at LCC but some would ideally be done at home as well. Lists of requirements in each will appear in the ‘afternoon occupations’ checklist]

Book/Topic: Beginning skills in crafts (sewing, knitting, embroidery, woodworking, etc.) and house/yard work (helpful chores, cooking, gardening, laundry), Sloyd. About six clay models made during 1 term each year.

Subject: Math

Schedule: Daily, 30 minutes [some concepts to be tackled at LCC as well as math games so that math is covered on both of our days, but obviously lots to cover at home.]

Book/Topic: We can offer some Charlotte Mason suggestions, or continue with math as you normally do as a family.

Subject: Natural History

Schedule: 2X per week, 20 minutes plus 1X per week for 30 minutes. The breakdown looks like this: Day 1 as Nature Lore for 20 minutes, Day 2 as Experimental Science for 30 minutes, Day 3 as Natural History for 20 minutes to support the Special Topics of the term.

Book/Topic: LCC will cover Experimental Science with The First Book of Machines, by Walter Buehr and Nature Lore with Gene Stratton-Porter’s Tales You Won’t Believe. Students will have access to Special Studies topics books at LCC in the Afternoon Occupations bins, but a book or other things used at home in that 20 slot is recommended as well.

NOTE from the ADE Curriculum Templates: “All Forms should be spending considerable hours out-of-doors every single day. Part of this time should be devoted to Nature Study--intent observation, special studies, daily nature notes in their nature notebooks. Nature study is a daily occupation in Miss Mason's curriculum with a weekly longer nature walk. Children should be allowed to keep their own nature book in which they can describe their observations, illustrating them with drawings (more emphasis on the descriptions rather than the drawings), press or collect specimens. Nature study is critical in developing observation skills, classification skills, and a life-long admiration and wonder for the outdoor book of God. In addition, it is foundational to a thorough engagement in science subjects. Read Volume I ( Home Education) , pp. 42-90 for ideas to make this a varied and effective lesson daily.”

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