Okay, so after two years of kind of having no clue what to use for curriculum, and kind of coming up with my own stuff, we have settled down into some more structure for this year. My children are six and seven years old and we are doing a lot of our subjects together. So here goes….
History/Geography: After pondering for a couple of years I have decided to start chronological history this year. We will be using Story of the World with the accompanying activity guide and some of the suggested library books. Although S.O.T.W. covers a lot of geography we will also be using Geography Songs in hopes of attaining a deeper knowledge of the world around us.
Science: Science has been really tough for me. I like the idea of focusing on mainly nature study for the younger years. However, I struggle because my state requires standardized testing and therefore I feel the need to teach beyond nature study. This year I purchased Come and See from Queen Homeschool Supply. It is recommended for grades k-2. I LOVE this book, I think it’s fun and interesting. I think it’s perfect for my first grader who is just beginning to read. However, it is defiantly not enough for my second grader. We are supplementing with related library books and doing note booking pages. Toward the ends of the year we will be working through several other scientific topics such as force, matter, magnetism, electricity etc.
Memory work: Selections from The Harp and Laurel Wreath, bible verses and other facts that I deem as important to know.
Literature: The Wizard of Oz, Charlotte’s Web, Pinocchio, A Lion to Guard Us, and others.
Poetry: We will work through Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, and then move on to something else.
As far as picture study, composer study, art, music, and other things we will be using many different resources, which are far too many to list here.
On to separate subjects….
Reading: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons followed by easy readers such as Little Bear.
Phonics: Spectrum Phonics 1
Grammar: First Language Lessons
Handwriting: copy work
Math: Singapore Math 1A/1B
Reading: as a very avid reader, he will be assigned various chapter books throughout the year.
Spelling: grade 3 spelling lists
Grammar: Finish up First Language Lessons and move on to First Language Lessons Vol. 2.
Handwriting: copy work
Math: Singapore Math 2A/2B
Spanish: The Fun Spanish Level 1(he is loving this!)
I know I always love to see what everyone else is using, so hoping this post can help someone else out too.