I love seeing what curriculum and schedules other people use to home educate their children. I like to get different perspectives, and maybe learn about some resources that I’ve not yet heard of! And so I thought I would share our plan for the upcoming school year, in case anyone else is interested. 🙂
**But please know, these are the choices that seemed to be the best fit for our family (and they may change as the year progresses, who knows!); this is not at all meant to suggest that these should be your choices as well, or that everyone needs to do what we do.**
I am SO excited to start StoryTime Treasures from Memoria Press this year! I love this curriculum, because it uses classic children’s literature to teach vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension! My daughter will spend the year studying Little Bear , Make Way for Ducklings, The Little House, and more! We have a couple of the books, but the rest I plan to just pick up at the library. I think this will be really fun for everybody!
To supplement her reading program with focused phonics skills practice, I’ll be using grades 2-3 of Core Skills Phonics.
This year, my daughter will start to learn cursive, so we will be using New American Cursive I, also from Memoria Press. I like that this program is incredibly simple and easy to use.
To continue to practice manuscript, and incorporate scripture memory, we’ll be working through Bible Writer: Volume 1, “God Is…” I downloaded this free online awhile ago, and can’t seem to find it anymore. But we worked through Volume 2: “Jesus Is” last year and really loved it!
I’m really excited to try out All About Spelling, level 1 this year! I’ve heard such great things about this program, so we’ll see how it goes!
Ah, math. So many choices for homeschooling families! As I’ve mentioned before, this past year we worked through the Primer level of Math-U-See. I did like it, and was planning to continue, but when I arrived at our local homeschool curriculum consignment sale, I missed out on the only copy by literally seconds. I had several ideas of curriculum I’d like to try, however, so we’re changing things up this year! First, I was able to get a couple of the Singapore Primary Math books, so I bought the rest on Amazon to have the complete set (textbooks, workbooks and challenging word problems book).
I’ve heard great things about this program as well, so we’re going to try it out! In addition, (and because I am a HUGE math geek), I also purchased the Beginning Arithmetic: Grade 1 from Rod and Staff.
This is a more traditional math program (from what I’ve seen so far). I don’t know how much we’ll use it, but one thing that I do like about it compared to other math curricula is that God’s word is woven into the lessons, connecting scripture to mathematics. So again, I haven’t used it or looked at it very thoroughly yet, but I’m interested to try it and compare the two!
And of course, we will continue to play games to practice important skills!
Because my kids are still young (6,5,4,2) I’m going to keep science simple this year. I purchased a handful of science stories and an old A Beka Science Reader, which I will let my daughter read. In addition, I’m planning (hopefully we’ll stick to the plan!) to have “Science Fridays,” where we spend some time doing fun, hands-on science experiments!
Again, my kids are little, so we’re keeping things simple, but I do have several of the Draw and Write Through History books and my daughter is BEYOND excited about these! She LOVES drawing, and is an aspiring artist, so with these books, she can read about history, practice her cursive handwriting skills, and learn to draw! I can’t think of a better way for her to explore history, honestly. I also have Living Long Ago, which has cute pictures and is packed with TONS of information.
I’ll also be reading aloud through the Magic Tree House books, which we’re pretty excited about!
Wow, when I type it all out it seems like a lot, but I’m really excited! And of course, we will probably have to make adjustments as we go, and that’s ok. But I like that all of these choices don’t require a whole lot of prep on my part. I would love to build wonderful lesson plans from scratch, where everything is intertwined and connected together, but the reality is, I just don’t have time to do that. So this is what we’re going to try this year!
What about you? What are some of your favorite curriculum choices? Feel free to share in the comments!
~Math Geek Mama
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