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This was a difficult year to plan. I purchased curriculum earlier this year that is now sitting in a for sell box. We thought through all the different types of learning styles, and that perhaps we should move towards more textbooks. I just can’t jump into textbooks wholeheartedly though (not for our family, there is nothing wrong with textbooks).
I just can’t leave the learning of my youth. 🙂 I have so many good memories of snuggling on the couch with my mom, singing civil war songs around the piano, and reading history and literature books in the afternoon. I do know that my Mom only had three children (not by choice, but because of medical problems) and I was the youngest, so I was immersed the most in the Charlotte Mason type education.
The reality of our life right now is that I’m extremely busy. My husband is starting his Senior year of college, and will be graduating in May with a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. I am the sole provider for our income through Deborah & Co. and Lilla Rose while he is in college. Life is good but hectic at times! I am finally feeling like we have the best of both worlds with our curriculum this year.
Our 2013-2013 School Year Curriculum Choices
Mosiah is going into 4th grade, and Israel is going into 2nd grade. I am combining them on lots of subjects, and giving Israel a little grace on some harder subjects. 🙂
Here is the list of what the boys will be doing.
Main Curriculum – Heart of Dakota Preparing Guide Book. We used Heart of Dakota last year, and after much thought and searching other curriculum I decided to stick with Heart of Dakota. There are some things that do not work perfectly for our family, but I’ve realized I just don’t have to do those things! Overall this is how I like to homeschool, and I love how it is all laid out for you. Most of the books I wholeheartedly approve of, and since my boys love, love, love to read, this is a good fit for us!
For the history part of Heart of Dakota, we are studying World History for the year. The books they plan for this year are “A Child’s History of the World“, “Grandpa’s Box“, “Life in the Great Ice Age“, and “Hero Tales“.
I don’t really like the science in Heart of Dakota, so we are doing our own science program.
Science – Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space. The boys and I both are very excited about using this curriculum. Mosiah loves weather, and this book covers a lot of weather topics. We have used Apologia before, and I’m sure we will go back to it at some point, but this looked like the perfect fit this year. It reminds me a lot of Apologia in how it is set up.
Math – Christian Light Publications. We have used Math U See and Teaching Textbooks previously, but so far this curriculum has been the best fit for my boys.
Grammar – Rod and Staff English, Beginning Wisely and Building With Diligence for Mosiah (my hope is to get through both books this year to get him caught up to grade level) and Israel will start Preparing to Build. I love Rod and Staff English, it explains everything so well and does not rush through it.
Writing – Mosiah will be using the Student materials from Institute for Excellence in Writing, level A. I will be fitting this in as we have time, since Heart of Dakota has some writing in it as well.
Handwriting – Mosiah is using A Reason for Handwriting Transition book. Israel is using a Christian Light Publication handwriting book.
Social Studies – This is not necessary to add, as Heart of Dakota has a wonderful history program. But I had already purchased the Christian Light Social Studies thinking we would just do textbooks this year, and Mosiah especially seemed excited to read through the textbook so I’m going to have them do this as well. Mosiah will be in the Into All The World book, and Israel will be in the second grade Social Studies. If there are days where I’m crazy busy with the business and we don’t get our history read aloud done, then I know they still covered Social Studies doing Christian Light. I’m being more realistic this year since I know what last year was truly like. 🙂 BUSY!
Spelling – Mosiah is using All About Spelling, and Israel is using Sequential Spelling.
Mosiah is finishing up his Building Thinking Skills Book.
Bible – both boys will be doing the Bible Light Units in their grades for individual Bible learning after our family devotion time.
Music-I purchased this last year and we never did it. I think it was actually on our list of homeschool curriculum last year! I’m putting it on the list again in the hopes that we will actually do it. The Story of the Orchestra, it is a wonderful book!
Kindergarten – I don’t stress about history and science in Kindergarten, and she hears plenty on those topics during our read alouds. 🙂 The only thing I focus on is reading, some math, and handwriting. Carrianna will be an official Kindergartener this year, so it’s time to get busy. 🙂
Reading – We are using All About Reading– Pre Reading this year. I’ve never used this, but am very excited to try it with her. The first part will be pretty easy for her, so we might go quickly through this and also get to the Level 1 All About Reading book as well.
Math – We are using Horizons Kindergarten math this year. It will be first time I’ve used this math curriculum, but I think it will be a good fit for her.
Handwriting – A Reason For Handwriting Book A.
We will also be using the the Rod and Staff Kindergarten books. We have already done several books, but will finish up the series.
Preschool – I’m relaxed about preschool. If it gets done, great. If it doesn’t get done, well, my three year old already knows how to count numbers, and I don’t stress about them reading until 5. They learn so much by simply living life. That being said, the more older children you have in school, it seems the more the preschool age children want to do school as well. 🙂 Here is what I have planned for Miss Olivia.
Reading – She will be sitting in with Carrianna and I for the All About Reading – Pre Reading curriculum. They say it is for ages 4 and up, but I think she will enjoy it, and learn a lot. Besides, it will keep her out of trouble. 🙂
Wordbook – For a fun workbook that includes handwriting practice, counting 1 to 10, mazes, matching and sequencing we are going to use Let’s Get Ready by Gakken. Timberdoodle used to recommend this book for Preschool, but I guess the company is not making it any longer so they had to switch to something else. I saw it on Zulily awhile back and instantly grabbed it for Olivia.
I also got her the “I Can Cut” and “I can Trace” books, as suggested in Timberdoodle for Preschool.
And of course all my children use the “About Three” workbooks from Rod and Staff. She is almost done with the first book, and loves doing it!
Lord willing, we will be able to accomplish this and have a good school year! I’d love to hear what curriculum you are using this year! Leave me a comment below!
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