Next year, we will be studying American history as our core subject. It has been 3 years since we have really studied it. The boys will also study the Constitution. My daughter will be included in that insofar as she wishes, but that will be up to her.
I will be using the summer to get ready for it. I have a unit study my sister sent me that I love, called A Noble Birthright: Defenders of the Title of Liberty, but it is more of a guideline with ideas of how to structure the study. It includes teaching strategies, organizers like mind maps and notebooks, costumes, field trips, book resources, and key point presentations in each subject area like language, social studies, science, math, dance & drama, and literature. Did I mention book resources? There are pages and pages of lists of books just so you can be sure to find at least some of them at the local public library.
Reading and writing will be a main thrust for us! Of course, I will make one exception: Math. We'll stay with Singapore Math.
Now I'm heading out on a tangent. I mentioned the local public library. I love public libraries! Wherever we have gone, minus one, we have had them and we have used them! The one exception was Puerto Rico. They do not have public libraries. In fact, they don't know what they are. "Biblioteca", contrary to what my 7th grade Spanish teacher told me, means bookstore not library. Apparently public libraries are an American invention.