I also love that I can see what "ideal" works best with my kids! I plan to use some traditional textbooks for Math, Grammar, and Handwriting. I do not feel as confident in teaching those classes..so I think following a Textbook is best.
Teaching Textbooks for math
Handwriting without Tears
Then the FUN Stuff!!!! We are doing a Harry Potter Unit Study!!!!!! Our classes will be the following!
Muggle Studies such as Ancient History and Medieval History (using a borrowed Sonlight core)
History of Magic for first years including Legends and Mythology (using a borrowed Sonlight)
Astronomy including our solar system, Stars, and Star patterns
Herbology where we will grow our own Herbs and learn their important uses
Potions where we will learn how to create our own simple chemistry (for Muggles) experiments
Care of Magical Creatures will be a study of several animals both real and magic
Defense against the Dark Arts which will include our Armor of God Bible Study
Transfiguration will include turning many Muggle items into works of Art
I found some amazing ideas on the web! I can NOT claim credit for a lot of what I am going to list here. I am sure I will pull together my own ideas soon...but I borrowed liberally from the following blogs and websites. I am going to tweak it to fit my own girls and my taste but the main ideas came from:
Sorcerer's Stone Comprehension questions This is amazing! Just what we needed to make sure my girls really are reading the story and not trying to answer from the movies! This is chapter by chapter will links to online tests or print versions...plus activity links!
A Term at Hogwarts Theresa is a homeschooling mom with an Amazing blog and a lot of great ideas! I am using here Herbology and Care and Feeding of Magical Creatures ideas for my girls! I plan to add: Catnip, Lavender, and Basil to her list of Herbs and the Cat, Centaur, Dragons, and Toads to her Magical creatures. I'm not sure how but I will also tie in the Alchemy lessons as well...throughout our Astronomy and Potions classes
Scholastic Discussion Guide for the first 4 books I plan to use this beauty of a freebie a lot. It has some great discussion ideas for the girls. I will play around with it for several language arts lessons, writing prompts, and other unknown plans as of yet.
More Discussion questions
Several Good ideas here This teacher has a lesson plan geared at older kids...but I am going to add this cool idea here of a personal dictionary. I plan to have them do the Illustration, and choose a passage to recite from memory
Some more discussion questions and activities This is another great list of discussion questions and has a Mind Pictures activity that I think is pretty cool
A good resource for research of those Magical and mythical creatures Several of the animals we will study are listed here with a great link for "researching" them
A-maz-ing Lesson plan for older kids This is an amazing free lesson plan for older kids...9th gradeish. I plan to use a LOT of her ideas for our Transfiguration Class (Art) and tweak several of her daily writing prompts. We will have a journal that the girls write in everyday. I plan to use the discussion questions and writing prompts I have found throughout these links in that way.
Online fun Potions fun
Printable Decision making activity
Another free lesson plan I have not looked all the way through this lesson plan but I plan to use some of the ideas that I saw when I skimmed it. A great Literature Lesson plan for The Sorcerer's Stone
A Geography game here. You need a Globe and will need to come up with your own questions
Owl studies information This will come in useful when we study our Owl's. There is a lesson plan and several links for Owl studies on this page
Another great page to look through that has a lot of links for different Harry Potter themed activities!
This is a great Art teacher's blog and I plan to use several of her projects for our Transfiguration class!
Our Armor of God Lesson's will come from www.daniellesplace.com, which is an amazing web site for crafts and Bible lesson's. They have a free site and then there is a annual subscription site. WORTH every penny!
Some fun Chemistry sites I plan to visit for our Potions class!
A2Z Home's Schooling has a great chemistry page too!
I am really, really excited to put it all together! I am sure I have completely overwhelmed myself with all of this info...but I hope should anyone actually stumble upon my little blog...they will be helped out!
Blessings from our corner of the woods to yours!