2017/2018 Homeschool Curriculum for 2nd Grade 

Reading & Language Arts:

This fall my son will continue finishing up Sonlight Core A that he started in January. We have a few read alouds left to go through. He’s finished up Sonlight Language Arts 1, and will be moving on to Sonlight Language Arts 2. We love the LA program with Sonlight! It fits this boy perfectly. 


Science: Finishing up Sonlight Science A and sitting in on big brother’s chemistry and physics study.

Math: Teaching Textbooks 3 (we love this program) 

History & Geography: from Confessions of a Homeschooler


Critical Thinking: Mind Benders from The Critical Thinking Company


Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting B

He will also be taking a fun Foundations class that is kind of like a Five in a Row type class at our local co-op and he will also be taking art there. 

2017/2018 Curriculum for 4th Grade

Here is what we’ve settled on for my oldest son for 4th Grade. 

Bible: Who is God by Apologia

History: Notgrass America the Beautiful with some Story of the World 3 & 4 woven in

Science: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics by Apologia (huge lab/experiments kit not pictured)

Math: Teaching Textbooks 5

English/Writing: Essentials in Writing 4 and he’s also taking an intensive writing class at our co-op this year

Spelling: All About Spelling Level 3 (not pictured)

Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting T (transition to cursive)

Critical Thinking: Mind Benders, plus a ton of Critical Thinking games

Vocabulary: Word Roots (Critical Thinking Co.) and Notgrass America the Beautiful 

Art: He will have art this year through our co-op

We are throughly enjoying our summer and I’m doing a little planning here and there. What curriculum have you chosen for your school year? 

Vive la France Dinner 

We have been studying the Hundred Years War with Story of the World and have really been enjoying this unit study so much. 

Since our geography of France hit around the same time, we decided to have a French dinner and presentation. It’s a nice way to include Daddy who’s usually at work during the daily studies. 

We decided on Soupe L’Oignon (onion soup), Tomates (Tomatoes roasted with garlic, spices and olive oil), homemade French bread and Chocolate Truffles. It was so delicious! We read about proper French etiquette and set the table as the French would. 


It was such a fun night! Have you doing a country study that your kids just really enjoyed? Let me know, comment below. 

Unit Studies with The Story of the World

We love unit studies! My boys gain a lot more out of our lessons when we do them. We are using SOTW Volume 2 for history. This year we are studying Medieval times and the Renaissance. It’s very easy to create unit studies with this curriculum. I look ahead and see what I think the boys will want to pause and learn more about and then I start pulling resources together. This is our latest unit:

England & French at War, Joan of Arc, Henry V by Shakespeare

A few of the books we are using alongside SOTW:




We got The Complete Shakespeare from Usborne Books and More, through wendysbooks.com I am an independent consultant for Usborne and their books are super awesome to use with unit studies. 

Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley is really good. I love her illustrations. My oldest son, 9, reads the book on his own and my younger son, 7, just enjoys the pictures. 

I really love the speech Henry V gives to his soldiers after they feel so sick, tired and broken from war in Shakespeare’s Henry V play. 

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers-

For he today that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile

This day shall gentle his condition-

And gentleman in England, now abed,

Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s Day.

(Henry V, Act IV, scene iii)

This may be my favorite unit study so far because of Shakespeare. Love me some Shakespeare. 

2016/2017 Homeschool Plans

I’m super excited about our homeschool year.  I will have a 3rd grader, 1st grader and a toddler. Here is our choices for the boys for this Fall:

Our main curriculum is: My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures. The boys will do the bulk of this together. We love My Father’s World and have used it many times in the past. This curriculum works well for our family and learning style.  We have a MFW Synergy group that my friends and I are doing together this Fall and I’m super excited about it.

Next up is science…Our favorite science to use is Apologia. We are doing Zoology 2 & 3 over a 2 year period. It will fit well with our countries and geography studies.

  

For history we will be using Story of the World Volume 2, along with the activity book.

Art will be:

Cooking (mainly for my 1st grader)


That’s where they end their studies together. I’m excited they are doing so much together this year. It will be much easier on me.

Here is the rest of Phoenix’s 3rd grade studies. He really helped me plan out his year.

For math he will be using Life of Fred and Teaching Textbooks 4.

For language arts we are trying something new this year.


And this to reinforce concepts.

Here is the ever growing read aloud pile and some he will read on his own. He hasn’t decided which ones yet.


For handwriting:


Here is Fox’s other studies for the year.

We love this:

He will be starting to work slowly through this book:


He loves Horizons Math, so we will continue with Grade 1.

His handwriting practice.

Character study with The Bereinstain Bears

Fox’s ever growing reading pile.

We are going to be having a fun filled year. I have a few books I’m missing and hoping to find those used in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for Tot School with Miss B.  That girl keeps me on my toes.  She is one busy girl. I’m hoping to do her some busy boxes and sensory bins for the Fall. She loves that kind of stuff.  She’ll be having lots of fun and tagging along on all of our adventures.

What curriculum are you using for the fall?