We really couldn’t be more excited for our upcoming homeschool year and all of the changes we have made to our curriculum! It is our biggest departure from a set program thus far and although a little scary at first it feels like the exactly perfect move.
You can view this post to see more of the process I took to arrive at some of these choices. I will be writing more detailed posts per grade very soon!
We will be doing Bible and Character Training together as a family this year, yes, even my 2 year old! These are the resources we will be using to accomplish this-
- What’s in the Bible DVDs (giveaway and post on how we are using these as our core Bible curriculum coming soon!)
- Our 24 Family Ways by Clay and Sally Clarkson
- Leading Little Ones to God by Marian M Schoolland
We will also have a morning “Circle Time” when we will be doing the following (I hope to have a more detailed post up on this soon):
- Short and Simple Calendar Time
- Going Over our Memory Verse Box
- Learning the Books of the Bible in Order
- Learning a few signs in ASL
- Reading Poetry from selected poets using the Poetry for Young People Series, and memorizing selected works
- Memorizing & Reading from Shakespeare using How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, Tales from Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s Stories for Young Readers
- Reading one Caldecott or Newberry Award Winning Picture Book
Since we are not participating in a co-op this year we also plan to go on lots of fieldtrips and invite other homeschool friends over twice a month to do projects and share what we are learning.
3rd Grade (Boy)
History, Literature, Writing & Art- History of the Horse from Beautiful Feet Books
Reading- All About Reading Level 2
Handwriting & Bible Memory– A Reason for Handwriting Level C
Spanish- Middlebury Interactive
Music- Drumming (Private Lessons)
Sports- Competitive Basketball
He will also be listening to lots of audiobooks during his quiet afternoon time. An upcoming post will be listing all the resources we are using to pick out great books for our kids this year.
Kindegarten/1st Grade (Boy)
Judah will be completing a combination of these grades at his pace throughout the year. He will only have four core subjects to work on each day (Reading, Handwriting, Math & Bible) but will tag along for lots of our horse studies and also be encouraged to do a lot of explorative play, which I believe is essential at this age. He will begin his day with some simple calendar work as well. In addition he will have his own quiet afternoon time that will include audiobooks just for him, rented from our library’s digital selection which is quite extensive.
Reading- All About Reading Level 1
Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting Level A
Math- Math-U-See Primer
Spanish- Middlebury Interactive (3 days a week)
Sports- Upward Basketball
All summer long I have been organizing Toddler Busy Bag and Sensory Tub Swaps to increase our stash of items to keep Emmerson involved and stimulated without interfering or getting into trouble. I will alternate these items with Signing Time DVDs as well as Quiet Room Time with an audiobook (that I will possibly record myself) in order to keep her occupied throughout our school day.
See what we got in our Toddler Swaps-
- June Busy Bags
- July Busy Bags (forthcoming)
- Back to School Sensory Tub (forthcoming)
- Fall Sensory Tub (forthcoming)
This post is linked up to iHomeschool Network’s Not Back to School Hop- Curriculum Week! Check it out to see what other awesome things families are using this year!
Other Back to School Details
In the coming weeks I will be posting lots more details about our upcoming year. You can look forward to the following posts to come:
A Year Full of Books- How we are Choosing Literature for Our Children this Year
Our (hopeful) Schedule
A Real Day in the Life
How We are Organizing our School Space
What my Summer Prep Involves
Keeping up With the Rest of Life in the Midst of School