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Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2010-2011

This year our oldest three {Zachary ~1st, McKenna ~ 3rd, & Laurianna ~ 4th grade} will be working together and focusing on Early American History. This list focuses on the curriculum that we will be using for our older three {preschool excluded…since I’m still tweaking that!}. Otherwise, this is what we have in place for each subject this coming year along with the how often we’ll be working on that subject each week.

Language ~ First Language Lessons was a great addition to our library last year. I love the scripted lessons and the depth that they cover {making it easier for me!}. Zachary will be working through FLL Year 1 and both girls will be working through First Language Lessons Year 3. Is it wrong to say that I am almost giddy that the girls will be learning how to diagram this year?

If you are using First Language Lessons Years 1 & 2 don’t forget the poem printables I made to go along with the memorization. I’m working on the ones for Level 3 right now and will share them soon! {Daily}

Math  ~ Teaching Textbooks is our primary curriculum for the girls. They have been working on lessons this summer and should be moving up to the next level mid-year. For now, McKenna is using Teaching Textbooks Level 3 and Laurianna is using Teaching Textbooks Level 4.

Zachary will be using ABeka Arithmetic 1. He really liked it last year, so we’ll continue it now until he is ready to move into Teaching Textbooks. {Daily}

History ~ This is the ‘core’ of what we’ll be focusing on this year. We’re blending two things together ~ Homeschool in the Woods Time Traveler’s units and Beautiful Feet Early American History for primary grades.

The literature, read-alouds and independent reading choices for the year will primarily come from the Beautiful Feet book choices. Our hands-on activities and lapbooks will all be from Homeschool in the Woods and their Time Traveler’s units {they are absolutely amazing!}. We’re starting with New World Explorers and working up all the way through the early 19th Century. {Daily}

Science ~ This is one area that I am very excited about this year! We’ll be using Nancy Larson Science 1. Science 1 can cover between ages 5 to 9, so we can all use this together {hooray!}. During the year, we’ll be focusing on Life Science {bug, trees, human body and more}. The Science 1 Homeschool kit comes with everything I’ll need to use for the entire year…so I don’t have to go searching for things to do our projects and lessons! {Bi-Weekly}

Spelling ~ It shouldn’t be a surprise that we will be using All About Spelling this year. :) We’re working on Level 1 with Zachary and Level 3 with the girls. As they progress through the level, we’ll move onto the next one. We’re also going to be using All About Homophones with everyone during the year. {Bi-Weekly}

Handwriting ~ A Reason for Handwriting was new to us last year and the kids enjoyed it. The girls will be continuing with cursive with Levels C & D. Zachary will be working on printing with Level A. We will also continue to use ABeka K4 cursive for him since he has enjoyed learning cursive {grins}. {Daily}

Bible ~ All four kids will be attending Awana again this year, so we’ll be learning the verses that go along with their books and using our Awana printables and I’ll be making more to go along with the Cubbies book, Truth & Training and the new SkyStormer book.

I’m also working on some more family time devotions that will incorporate the Seeds Family Worship CDs, but have yet to sit down and get all my thought out for that. {Daily}

Writing ~ The girls will be using Complete Writer Level 4 and Zachary will be using Complete Writer Level 1. These are books that I have cut the binding off and can duplicate to use with other children since they have a copyright permission for families. {Daily}

Independent Reading ~ The girls will be reading books that are suggested in Beautiful Feet.  Zachary will be working on our All About Reading books {and I can’t wait for their new program to be released this fall!!}.

Spanish ~ All three kids will work on Rosetta Stone Latin America Level 1 {Homeschool version}. The homeschool program allows up to 10 users to work on the program at their own pace, so Rick and I are planning to work along on Spanish also. Should any of the kids finish Level 1, we’ll move onto Level 2. {Bi-Weekly}

PE ~ We’ll hopefully be participating in a class at a local college again and also have classes at co-op. {2-3 times Weekly}

Art ~ Twice a month we’ll be doing an artist study and using the book Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn Kohl to try our hand at some different art techniques. The book has art activities for kids based on famous artist along with a brief bio on each artist.

Additional Resources:

If you are unfamiliar with some of the curriculum choices/names above, you can follow the links below to learn about a few of the products that I’ve previously written reviews for. I will be sharing more about Nancy Larson Science and Homeschool in the Woods soon and will update these links as I do.

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Homeschool Calendar and Morning Board

Updated ~ See the most recent version of our homeschool calendar and morning board  ~ lots of links and new printables!! 

I gave you all a little peek at our calendar and morning routine time, but still have a little more to share!!  Our calendar time has changed over the year, especially after Carisa and I got together last fall and I saw her calendar and morning board in person.

For some reason, it never crossed my mind to put all of our learning things onto a piece of foam board. {duh} I picked some foam board at Target the next week and started piecing our ‘morning board’ together. I recently re-organized it after putting together a few extra pieces for the board, and will try to explain everything as it is numbered below.

We start out our morning using a pocket chart calendar. Zachary and Kaleb work together with me on this calendar where we talk about the days of the week, months of the year, and patterns. The boys help me pick a pattern for the month and each morning have to tell me what the next sequence in the pattern is.

The month titles are great for working with Kaleb on identifying letters and each day we count up to the number/day of the month {i.e. on the 17th of the month we would count up to 17}. We also sing our days of the week song and the months of the year. You can find me actually singing those learning songs here ‘live and in person’ ~ you know, should you need a good giggle for your day. If we’re lower on the numbers {i.e. less then 10} we practice counting in Spanish.

After we’ve finished our calendar routine, we move onto our board.

Homeschool Morning Board

1. Today is… This is a printable that I downloaded from Carisa at 1+1+1=1. One of our girls will fill out the day and date information after Zachary and Kaleb have finished our daily calendar. Part of this is hanging using jump rings and underneath there is another part of the same printable {Carisa shows more on her site}.

Days in School printable

2. Days in School ~ This is a sheet that the girls use to fill in how many days we’ve been in school. Underneath the number that they fill in, we break the number down by ones, tens and hundreds. We then use number words to create the number, again by ones, tens, and hundreds. The numbers and words are all color coded {i.e. any number to go in the ones spot is green, tens are red and hundreds are blue}. Pieces all attach with velcro dots.  Added 7/25/2010 ~ If you use Math U See, you can use the Math U See version of the Days in School printable that has red for the 100’s, blue for the 10’s and green for the one’s places.

3. Make the Date ~ This is another great printable from Carisa that you can find on her Calendar page. We use coins to count up to the date number {i.e. the 7th would be a nickel and two pennies}. We use some play money with velcro dots attached to the back, so that the kids learn to identify the coins.

Homeschool Morning Board

4. Obedience prayer/reminder. This area of the board is actually layered {see the picture above}. There are some small adhesive hooks on the board and I hung pages inside page protectors from them. Right now the top layer is a page that I printed off from a fantastic From Tots to Teens post at about Love. Underneath that layer are…

skip counting charts

5. Skip Counting Charts ~ I have a plastic page protector taped to the board and can slide our skip counting charts into this slot {or another 8 1/2” x 11” sheet}.

Today's Temperature Graphy

6. Today’s Temperature ~  This printable has two thermometers on it where we mark the indoor and the outdoor temperature. I printed it off on cardstock and laminated it, so we use a dry erase marker to draw the ‘mercury’ in each thermometer. :)

7. Bible Verses ~ There are two pockets (I cut up a 4×6 photo book page for the ‘pockets’) that we slide our weekly Bible verses into ~ one for the girls and one for Zachary. When the kids are done learning their verse, we move the card to their small verse book with the collection of verses that they have learned throughout the year.

8. What’s the Weather Song ~ This song printout is from Carisa’s calendar page on her website. I just printed it off, mounted it on a piece of construction paper and laminated it.

Weekly weather graph

9. Weekly Weather Graph ~ Our weekly weather graph that Kaleb and Zachary both do. The pieces all have velcro dots on them and after they look out the window to see the weather, they pick the correct weather card to put in that day of the week slot.

Here’s a look at the wall where our morning board is hanging {on 3M removable wall hooks ~ love those things!}.

Homeschool Morning Board

Above our calendar we have other printables  that we are using ~ currently they are a poem we are working on, a sheet called ‘God’s Standards’ from Jill’s Tots to Teen post,  and also some music theory information {and before you ask, the pocket page holders are from Ikea}.

Storage for Extra Stuff ~ All those extra weather tags, numbers, words and coins needed to be stored in a central place. I have them inside some plastic envelopes that are about 6” x 6” in size {they are actually envelopes from some of my Close to My Heart scrapbooking supplies}. I also had a box from the company that was intended to store the supplies in and it is now designated to hold our calendar stuff. There are some dry erase markers and paper towels also in the box {to wipe off and write on}. The box just slides onto one of our nearby shelves. :)

Calendar Storage

That’s pretty much it! The links to all the printables are above in the descriptions. If you are interested in using some of the things that we did to put our together, you can start off with an inexpensive foam board from Target or Walmart {under $3}, some double-sided tape and some of the supplies I have listed below. I LOVE velcro dots….and my laminator. It’s a sickness….

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll try to help you out!



Chick-fil-a Language cd’s

We stopped by Chick-fil-a tonight to pick up some of their kids “prizes”. Right now they have 4 different lanuage cd’s for kids: Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chinese. Each cd goes through common language phrases, counting, etc….and has about 10 different lessons on it. It will be great with our Galloping the Globe curriculum next year. The kids had a lot of fun repeating the phrases on the first Chinese lesson tonight (it was so cute!!).