2012-13 School Year–Week Three

Now that we’ve finished three weeks of school, I feel like we’ve found our groove with our new schedule!

We finished our study of the Civil War this week, and will be moving on to Reconstruction next week. I’m really enjoying using Joy Hakim’s A History of US as our American history spine this year. I like the conversational tone of the books, and I’m also impressed with how much information is presented, in a way that’s both interesting and easy for elementary students to understand. I did discover as we were reading that I will, on occasion, start lecturing on the material, without even intending to. I find this amusing…I guess I was meant to be a teacher all along!

To go along with our Civil War studies, we finished our first read-aloud of the year, Turn Homeward, Hannalee. I liked using this book, because it portrays a poor white Southern family during that time, as opposed to the more well-known rich Southern planters. Bunny has also been given the task of writing a report on the sequel, Be Ever Hopeful, Hannalee, which I got from our library, and presenting what she learned to us. I think I’m looking forward to learning what happened to Hannalee’s family more than anybody, which is funny, because I actually read the book as a child. I guess it didn’t stick with me too well! We also started watching Gone With the Wind, to get the more stereotypical view of the South during the War…and also because it’s one of my favorite movies!

Ladybug finished the “practice lessons” in her handwriting book, and will be moving on to actual lessons next week. She will also begin reading consonant-vowel-consonant words within the next few weeks. She still views school as total fun, and not work at all, which is the way it should be in kindergarten. Her enthusiasm for school is entertaining, but also humbling…she reminds me what a privilege it is to be able to teach my children at home!

2012-2013 Curriculum

I’m trying something new this year…I put our curriculum together myself! I needed to find something for Turkey and Bunny’s fourth grade year, and Ladybug’s kindergarten year. I wanted some things they could do together, and some grade-appropriate things, and I also wanted to continue the survey of American History that we began last year. I don’t think I’ll be doing this assembly every year…I just couldn’t find what I was looking for this time around, so I decided to try it myself. Never say never, though…if it goes well, maybe I’ll look into doing it again in the future!



Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny:

For Ladybug:

Latin (Only Turkey and Bunny will have formal Latin studies, but Ladybug is welcome to listen along and absorb vocabulary!)

History/Geography–We’re studying the Civil War to the present day. I tried to make sure every decade from then to now was covered either in a history book or a read-aloud.



Read-Alouds–I’m not sure we’ll get to all of these, but whatever we don’t read out loud will be turned into book basket selections.

Bonus Read-Alouds (a few special titles I specifically wanted to share with Ladybug in her Kindergarten year, in addition to our regular read-alouds.)

Hopefully I didn’t leave any books (or whole subjects!) out. I won’t even try to list all of the book basket titles we’ll be using, but some of the series will include You Wouldn’t Want to…, If You…, Childhood of Famous AmericansWho Was…?, and multiple American Girl series (those focusing on historical, albeit fictional, characters Addy, Samantha, Rebecca, Kit, Molly, and Julie). This list also doesn’t include the books we’ll be using for our Thanksgiving and Christmas units…and those lists are plenty extensive themselves!