Our Curriculum: 2010 – 2011

This year marks our third year of homeschooling, and our first year where we officially have all three of the kids in school. Our boys are in 4th and 5th grade, and Molly is in kindergarten.

I always get a touch overwhelmed when I put together a list like this, but as I look at it, I also get excited just thinking of the adventures we will have. I’m also excited because I’m going to try to get the boys to do a little more independent work than they have been doing, including giving them daily assignment sheets so they know what to expect and can work ahead of they want.

So, welcome to our 2010 – 2011 Curriculum:

Math:

Teaching TextbooksMath 4 and Math 5

Horizons – Level K

Language Arts:

Spelling: A Reason for Spelling – Levels A, B, and D (though we will only use part of level A this year)

Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears (Cursive Success and Letters and Numbers for Me)

Grammar (for the boys): Language of God (Levels B and C)

Phonics (for Molly): Get Ready for the Code and Go for the Code

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000, Book 4

Writing (Mechanics of Writing): Spectrum Writing

Various Writing Activities from the Following Books: Creative Communications, Games for Writing, Kids Write!, If You’re Trying to Teach Kids to Write

Reading:

Silent Reading Each Day

Hooked on Phonics – Set of Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (I got the overstock version, though they appear to be out of it now) for Molly; Master Reader for Noah

Chapter Books and Online Quizzes for Jack

Poetry Study: Robert Frost and Edgar Allen Poe (one semester for each)

Aesop’s Fables for Children

Lots of Social Studies Books (novels and picture books)

Bob Books for Molly

Science:

Noeo Biology II (plus some books from their Biology I set)

Social Studies:

Books from Winter Promise’s American Story II set (but not using the actual curriculum this year)

Map Skills from Continental Press

Religion:

Faith and Life series

Catholic Book of Bible Stories

Some Activities from 100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Who Am I? (Kindergarten Level)

Weekly Religious Education Classes

Music:

Piano Lessons for All Three Kids

Making Music, Praying Twice Homeschool Curriculum

Art:

Artistic Pursuits

Artist Studies (use one artist per semester; this year – Van Gogh and Renoir)

Super Doodle Books (not exactly the same, but a very similar book that is by the same author is Do You Doodle?)

French:

Hooked on French (by Hooked on Phonics)

French flash cards and computer games

First Thousand Words in French

Other Stuff:

We will have a variety of other things going on as well, such as our homeschool co-op where the kids will each take three classes per semester, 4-H, field trips, dance class, gymnastics, and whatever else may pop up.

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