We're going to stick with Singapore Math again. We're finishing up 2B right now, and hopefully we'll get through 3A and 3B this year, but again, we'll have to play it by ear. We're also adding in some Life of Fred books (Did you know he now has an elementary series?!!) and the Singapore Intensive Practice books. Hannah's not just real thrilled about the Intensive Practice books, but it really stretches her and makes her apply the math she's learning, and both Greg and I think that's a good thing. Singapore is known for its mental math component, and I have to say ... it works! However, Greg isn't quite as enamored with it as Hannah and I are. As a high school math teacher, he wants to see the work so he can know where she's messing up when she misses a problem. So he's requiring her to show a little more work than she would care to (and more than I would require), but I'm not complaining! I love having his input since he's the resident expert in that field. ;)
This was one of Hannah's favorite subjects last year, so we're sticking with Rod & Staff. I've heard this described as "rigorous," but I haven't found that to be true—at least not yet. :) It definitely gets the job done, but I would say it seems to be a good fit for the intended age. We had a lot of success last year doing it orally, so we're going to do that again this year, with the exception of the worksheets, which she will complete and put in her notebook.
Institute for Excellence in Writing. However, I have a child who hates the physical act of handwriting, so I want to kind of ease her into writing. My friend Fawn showed me her daughter's Sonlight writing assignments (part of the Sonlight Language Arts program), and I knew it would be a great introduction to writing for Hannah. The assignments are very fun and they allow the kids to use their imaginations, but they somehow manage to tackle some pretty hefty writing assignments. By the time she's done, she will have written narrative essays, persuasive essays, poetry, and book reviews; and she will have covered topics that are normally covered in reading, such as alliteration, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, etc. I'm really excited about adding this to our curriculum this year, but at the same time, I just don't know how she'll react to all the handwriting that goes along with creative writing. Any prayer would be greatly appreciated!