Curriculum Choices

Our families both follow the classical model of education as presented in The Well Trained Mind, by Susan Bauer.  We each make unique choices of what curricula we choose and how we homeschool.  Because so many readers have questions about what curricula we choose, we want to share our curriculum decisions so you can see what we choose to use…

Here are our general curriculum decisions this year, based on my efforts to follow the classical education model, most are direct recommendations from Susan Bauer’s Well Trained Mind.  This is just my year at a glance. In an effort to be more technology savy I do include technology (apps, online programs, etc) I realize in such a fast past technology driven world this can be controversial education topic but I do choose to include it here because I don’t want my kids to encounter the technology difficulties I have.

Bug NoahSecond Grade for Bug

Bible: Veritas Press Bible Cards, Books of the Bible, Awanas

Math: Saxon Math 3

Language Arts: Literature Reading (Veritas Press, WTM, SOTW recommendations) – daily free reading and improving library skills

Grammar & Writing: First Language Lessons, All About Spelling, Writing with Ease,  Wordly Wise, Sentence Buildings (board game)

Handwriting: Zoner Bloser, Bible/Awana Copywork

History: Story of the World (SOTW), SOTW Activity Guide, Olive Grove History Cards, Famous Figures of Renaissance

Science: DIY Curriculum based on SWB recommendation- Earth Science Study, Space Study Classical Conversation Science Fact Cards

Art: We are SO lucky to live near Grandparents and Gran (Art History Lover) built a art curriculum using Usbourne books: Childrens Book of Art, Lift the Flap Art book, The Usbourne book of Famous Paintings

Computer Skills: Robot Turtle (board game), Angry Bird coding, Move the Turtle, Bitsbox (subscription box for kids learning computer coding

iPad: Spelling City, Ninja Math, Stack the States/Countries, Reading Rainbow, Minecraft, Chess


Monkey - EliPreschool/Jr K for Monkey

Our little Monkey has the benefit of attending three day a week preschool program at a local church – what a blessing it is to have him with friends and learning with peers.

Bible: Veritas Press Bible Cards, Books of the Bible, Begats, Awanas

Pre-Reading/Phonics: Letter of the Week Curriculum (amazing resource by Confessions of a Homeschooler)

Math: Saxon Math K (Planning to add this depending on his interest/ability)

Media: Hooked on Phonics DVDs, Meet the Letters, Shapes, Numbers

iPad: Tozzle, First Words, Hooked on Phonics, Starfall ABC, Shapes & Puzzles

 
Andrew - Little ManPreschool 3 for Little Man

My precious Little Man (who constantly reminds me ‘I am NOT little’ has a pretty significant speech delay and the main focus for him is speech/language development. He currently does speech therapy and at her suggestion he was early introduced to church preschool which should help with peer language recognition and development of words and skills.

Daily Mom Time: read books and work on speech assignments

Oral Motor Skill development: exercises provided by the speech therapist weekly

Participate in Letter of the Week Curriculum (based on level of interest)

Media: Baby Babble (video to promote sound and speech), Meet the Letters, Numbers, Shapes

iPad: Articulation Station (his own at home speech therapy practice) this is a GREAT resource to concentrate on speech needs

Sweet PeaSweet Pea, my baby

This year my little sweet pea isn’t participating in formal education but we do plan daily mommy and me time, book time. Her goals for the year – sleeping through the night, weaning and growing healthy and strong! But I HAVE to include her smiling face on our curriculum page 🙂

 

Here is a quick run-down of our general curriculum decisions. Most of our curriculum decisions follow the classical education model, and are direct recommendations from Susan Bauer’s Well Trained Mind. There are a LOT of details in involved in how we ‘teach’ each subject but here is our year at a glance.  This year I am purposefully adding in computer/media so that my kids can be technology savy (such an important skill in today’s business world).

Bug - FallFirst Grade for Bug

Bible: Veritas Press Bible Cards, Books of the Bible, Begats, Awanas (See Bible)

Math: Saxon Math 2 , Calendar Time

Language Arts: The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching your Child to Read (TOPG), Literature Reading (Veritas Press, WTM, SOTW recommendations),

Grammar & Writing: First Language Lessons, Spelling Workout, Writing with Ease, Word Bank (Tapestry of Grace concept), Sentence Buildings (board game)

Handwriting: Zoner Bloser, Bible Copywork

History: Story of the World (SOTW), SOTW Activity Guide, Olive Grove History Cards, Famous Figures of Ancient Times

Science: Elemental Science Lapbooks, Classical Conversation Science Fact Cards

Art: Artistic Pursuits (The Options Program we attend provides several curriculum materials free of charge, and we were able to check out this program. So we are giving it a try this year.)

Computer Skills: Robot Turtle (board game), Angry Bird coding, Charlie Church Mouse (software), Daisy Dinosaur, Move the Turtle

iPad: Spelling City, Ninja Math, Stack the States/Countries, Reading Rainbow

Monkey - fallPreschool 4 for Monkey

Our little Monkey has the benefit of attending three day a week preschool at a local church – what a blessing it is to have him with friends and learning with peers.

Bible: Veritas Press Bible Cards, Books of the Bible, Begats, Awanas

Pre-Reading/Phonics: Letter of the Week Curriculum (amazing resource by Confessions of a Homeschooler), TOPG – initial 40 lessons which concentrate on letter recognition and sound association

Math: Saxon Math K (Planning to add this depending on his interest/ability)

Media: Hooked on Phonics DVDs, Meet the Letters, Shapes, Numbers

iPad: Tozzle, First Words, Hooked on Phonics, Starfall ABC, Shapes & Puzzles

 Little man- fallPreschool 2 for Little Man

Our precious Little Man has a pretty significant speech delay and we are SO thankful for our local school system’s Early Childhood Intervention Program. This allows a licensed speech therapist to come to our home once a week for speech practice.  At her suggestion he will be attending one morning a week preschool to work on communication skills.

Daily Mom Time: read books and work on speech assignments

Oral Motor Skill development: exercises provided by the speech therapist weekly

Participate in Letter of the Week Curriculum (based on level of interest)

Media: Baby Babble (video to promote sound and speech), Meet the Letters, Numbers, Shapes

We are continuing a rigorous classical education based on The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer and Jessie Wise.  The following are our curriculum choices based on WTM.

“Princess”:  4th Grade; “Superman”:  1st Grade

History:  We are using Story of the World by Susan Wise-Bauer, for History. Our focus this year is on the modern period, 1800 to current day. We also use the activity guide that correlates with the text.

Geography:  Our geography (maps from MapTrek) will cover the entire world, directly relating to our history. We will memorize continents, oceans, and the countries and major bodies of water in both North and South America.

Science:  We are using Physics Experiments for Children by Muriel Mandell, and will complete 63 of the proposed experiments. We will also use the Usborne Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia as our text and reference. Our focus this year is physics.

Math:  The Princess will complete the remainder of Saxon Math 4/5, then move on to Saxon Math 5/6.  Superman will continue on with Saxon 2.

Language Arts:  The following are the language arts resources for Princess: First Language Lessons, year 4 by Jessie Wise; Writing with Ease, year 4 by Susan Wise Bauer; Spelling Workout E,F; and Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 4.

For Superman, we will begin First Language Lessons, year 1 and Writing with Ease, year 1. He will finish Spelling Workout A that we began last year, then move on to B. He will also complete Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2M (manual). Finally, Superman and I will continue our work in The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise.

Fine Arts:  In fine arts, we will continue using Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks. We will study twelve major artists from 1800 to current day based on Discovering Great Artists by Kohl and Solga (Fall). In music, we will study about ten major composers from the Romantic and Modern periods (Spring).

Bible:  We are studying the four Gospels for our Bible curriculum this year. We use Vertitas Press Bible cards, studying one card each week and reading the same passage in two Bibles throughout the week.

Foreign Language:  Princess and I will continue the Latin program: Latina Christiana I. It is also my hope that we can begin family Spanish using La Clase Divertida.

“Peanut”:  Preschool

For Peanut (3), I’ve basically made a binder of letter, number, color, and shape coloring sheets/worksheets.  I found awesome free printables from the following:  www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com; www.1plus1plus1equals1.com.  We not only color and trace, but use pompoms and dot markers among other creative things to keep her interested.  I highly recommend checking out these sites – they have great ideas!

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