2020-21 Curriculum

I’m trying something new this year…I’m sharing my curriculum list before the school year begins! Of course, there’s a chance that I have forgotten to include some things and may come across them as the school year progresses…if that happens, I’ll try to remember to update it. This year, Turkey and Bunny will be in 12th grade (!!!), Ladybug in 8th, and Chickadee in 3rd. Moose will begin the school year at home with us in 9th grade, but he will be doing distance-learning through his high school, so I don’t have curriculum specific to him, although he is welcome to follow along with whatever we’re doing in addition to his work.

Religion

  • Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns
  • One and All Rejoice
  • The Illuminated Hymnal

Math

For Turkey and Bunny:

  • Math-U-See Calculus

For Ladybug:

  • Horizons Algebra

For Chickadee:

  • Horizons Math 3

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny:

  • The Elements of Style
  • On Writing Well
  • The Lively Art of Writing
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book 12
  • The British Tradition Book Three: Poetry from the Romantic to the Victorian Age

For Ladybug

  • Spelling Workout H
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Eight
  • Writing with Skill, Level Three

For Chickadee

  • First Language Lessons, Level Two
  • Writing with Ease, Level Two
  • Explode the Code, books seven and eight
  • Spelling Workout C
  • A Reason for Handwriting Cursive C
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Three

Literature

For Turkey and Bunny

  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Macbeth
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • Murder on the Orient Express

For Ladybug

  • Treasure Island
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • As You Like It
  • The Trojan War

For Chickadee

  • Farmer Boy
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • A Bear Called Paddington

Social Studies

For Turkey and Bunny (A study of US geography and cultures)

  • 1491
  • A People’s History of the United States
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
  • The Warmth of Other Suns
  • March–Books 1-3
  • There are No Children Here
  • Between the World and Me
  • Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking

For Ladybug and Chickadee

  • The Story of the World: The Modern Age
  • US Elections Lapbook
  • The US Constitution (Ladybug only)

Science

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book
  • Blood Typing Kit

For Ladybug

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science

For Chickadee

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology One

Electives

  • Psychology (Turkey and Bunny only)
  • Duolingo
  • Tennis

2019-20 Curriculum

Is it too late to look at the curriculum I used for the 2019-20 school year? Since time has lost all meaning, I think not, but I can’t promise that I included everything I should have!

This was a very busy year, and probably the hardest one yet for the teacher. Turkey and Bunny were in 11th grade, and while they do a lot of work independently, they also had a lot of hard subjects that required me to stretch my brain to its limit. Ladybug was in seventh grade, and Chickadee was in second, and both grades required a lot of hands-on instruction from me. I think it was a pretty successful year, even if it didn’t end the way we wanted it to, and I think we all learned a lot!

Religion

For Turkey and Bunny

  • The Lutheran Confessions Series: The Augsburg Confession and Its Apology and The Formula of Concord

For Ladybug

  • A Bible History

For Chickadee

  • One Hundred Bible Stories and Luther’s Small Catechism

Math

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Math-U-See Pre-Calculus

For Ladybug

  • Horizons Pre-Algebra

For Chickadee

  • Horizons Math 2

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Writing Strands Level 7
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book 11
  • Analytical Grammar
  • The British Tradition II: Poetry & Prose from the Elizabethan to the Neoclassical Age

For Ladybug

  • Spelling Workout G
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Seven
  • Writing with Skill, Level Two

For Chickadee

  • First Language Lessons
  • Writing with Ease Level One
  • Sonlight Readers Grade 2
  • Explode the Code books 4-6
  • Spelling Workout Level B
  • A Reason for Handwriting Grade Two

Literature

For Turkey and Bunny

  • The Divine Comedy (all three parts!)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The Merchant of Venice

For Ladybug

  • The Hobbit
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Door in the Wall
  • The Phantom Tollbooth

For Chickadee

  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Tales from Beatrix Potter
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • My Father’s Dragon

History

For Turkey and Bunny

  • The History of the Renaissance World

For Ladybug and Chickadee

  • The Story of the World, vol. 3: Early Modern Times

Science

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics

For Ladybug

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science

For Chickadee

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy

Electives

  • Duolingo
  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition (Turkey and Bunny only)
  • SAT prep (Turkey and Bunny only)
  • Tennis
  • Kantorei or Schola Cantorum (choirs)

2018-19 Curriculum

I once again had good intentions of sharing this list closer to the start of our school year, but as always, time kind of got away from me…can I still blame the broken ankle I had last fall? Anyway, here is what we’ve been working on this school year, in grades ten (Turkey and Bunny), six (Ladybug), and one (Chickadee)…I hope I remembered it all!

Religion

  • Treasury of Daily Prayer

Math

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Math-U-See Algebra 2

For Ladybug

  • Horizons Math 6

For Chickadee

  • Horizons Math 1

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny

  • The Creative Writer, Level Four
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Ten
  • Analytical Grammar
  • Poetry, Prose, and Drama–Book One

For Ladybug

  • Spelling Workout F
  • Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Success Grade Five
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Six
  • Writing with Skill, Level One

For Chickadee

  • Sonlight Language Arts 1
  • I Can Read It book series
  • Explode the Code books 1-3
  • Spelling Workout Level A
  • A Reason for Handwriting Grade One

Literature

For Turkey and Bunny

  • The Emperor Constantine
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

For Ladybug (with Chickadee listening in)

  • The White Stallion of Lippizza
  • Misty of Chincoteague
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse
  • King of the Wind
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon
  • The Black Stallion

History

For Turkey and Bunny

  • The History of the Medieval World

For Ladybug (with Chickadee listening in)

  • Story of the World volume two and supplemental materials

Science

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and MicroChem kit

For Ladybug (with Chickadee listening in)

  • WinterPromise Equine Science

Electives

  • Duolingo
  • Tennis
  • Kantorei or Schola Cantorum (choirs)

Read-Alouds

  • The Grandma’s Attic series

2017-18 Curriculum

We’re getting dangerously close to the end of the school year, so I guess I should share the curriculum we’ve been using. My usual disclaimer applies…the beginning of the school year was so long ago, I can’t promise that I’ve remembered everything we’ve used all year!

Religion

For Turkey and Bunny

  • God’s Old Testament People

For Ladybug

  • One Hundred Bible Stories and workbook

For Chickadee

  • A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories and workbook

Math

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Math-U-See Geometry

For Ladybug

  • Horizons Math 5

For Chickadee

  • Horizons Math K

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Writing Strands Level Five
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Nine
  • Analytical Grammar

For Ladybug

  • Spelling Workout E
  • Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Success Grade Four
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Five
  • Writing with Ease Level Four

For Chickadee

  • Sonlight Language Arts K
  • Fun Tales
  • Explode the Code Primers
  • A Reason for Handwriting K

Literature (all with accompanying Memoria Press guides)

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Beowolf
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Henry V

For Ladybug

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Heidi
  • The Canterbury Tales

History

For Turkey and Bunny

  • The History of the Ancient World

For Ladybug

  • Story of the World volume 1 and supplemental materials

Science

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology

For Ladybug

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology: Land Animals of the Sixth Day

For Chickadee

  • The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature

Electives

  • Duoligno (Italian, German, and Spanish)
  • The Art of Civilized Conversation
  • A Rulebook for Arguments
  • All About Korea (during the Winter Olympics)

Read-Alouds

  • The Ramona Series
  • The American Girl BeForever series from Kaya through Julie

 

2016-17 Curriculum

I had such good intentions to share this at the beginning of the school year this time, but you know how it goes. As always, I’m hoping this list is fairly complete, but it’s easy to forget resources we used way back in August and September! Anyway, this is at least a pretty decent overview of the materials we’ve used this school year.

Religion

Math

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny

For Ladybug

History

Science

For Turkey and Bunny

For Ladybug

Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library (for Chickadee)

Electives

Read-Alouds

Literature (with accompanying Memoria Press study guides where available)

For Fun

2015-16 Curriculum

I get worse and worse about sharing our curriculum every year! Now that we’re almost ready to start the 2016-17 school year (our ninth year of homeschooling!), I thought it was time to share what we used last year, when Turkey and Bunny were in seventh grade and Ladybug was in third. As always, this is a basic list…I’m sure there are things that have been left off, especially since I waited so long to write it down!

Religion

Math

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny:

For Ladybug:

History

Science

For Turkey and Bunny

For Ladybug

Electives

Read-Alouds/Literature (all with accompanying Memoria Press study guide)

2014-15 Curriculum

I never did get around to sharing our curriculum for the last school year (sixth grade for Turkey and Bunny and second grade for Ladybug), so before I share what we’re going to be using for the 2015-16 school year in a few weeks, here’s what I remember that we used last year. I may have forgotten some of it by this point, so don’t assume that we had gaps in our education if you don’t see something…it’s probably just my forgetfulness!

Religion

Math

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny:

For Ladybug:

History

Science

Electives

Read-Alouds

The book basket selections were so extensive last year, they’re too numerous to even try to list. Let’s just say there were a lot of good books that tied in with our other studies!

2013-14 Curriculum

I just realized that I haven’t yet shared our curriculum for this school year! I assembled it myself again this year, since last year seemed to go pretty well.  Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything here, but no promises!

Religion

Math

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny:

For Ladybug:

History/Geography

Science

Electives

Read-Alouds (Anything we don’t get to will go in the book basket)

Book Basket (This is just a selection of some our book basket options, and some of them might turn into read-alouds)

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!

Religion

Math

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.

Science

Electives

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!

Third Grade: Week Eight Wrap-Up

Something that’s very important to constantly pay attention to and evaluate when homeschooling is whether or not your curriculum is still working for you. It can be easy to pick something and think you’re stuck with it long-term, but this isn’t the case. I am not by any means encouraging curriculum-hopping, because I think consistency is important, and if you hop around too much, you may manage to miss important lessons and skills. But you shouldn’t be a slave to your curriculum, either–it’s supposed to work for you, not the other way around.

I’ve had to switch a few things up in the three-plus years I’ve been homeschooling. The first switch came at the end of our first year–Kindergarten–when I realized that our Language Arts program was moving too slowly for Turkey and Bunny, and they needed a more advanced program. I learned a similar lesson with a spelling curriculum we were using last year. I also changed our core curriculum after last year, because we needed something more hands-on than Sonlight offered us.

Now that we’re almost a quarter of the way through third grade, I’ve realized that I need to make a change again. We’ve been using, and liking, Horizons math. I’ve realized lately, though, that the level we’re using isn’t providing enough of a challenge for Turkey and Bunny. Yes, new concepts are being introduced, but they’re mastering them almost immediately. And while Turkey likes math so much that he doesn’t mind doing the same thing over and over, Bunny is bored to tears. She will take forever to complete a lesson, not because she hasn’t learned the material, but because she is so bored with doing the same things.

So, I sat down and evaluated the scope and sequence of Horizons fourth grade math. Frankly, I don’t know why I’ve been so reluctant to do it before. Homeschooling allows a wonderful flexibility in choosing appropriate, challenging materials that children need. Yes, there are things that we haven’t learned yet that they’ll need to know. But, there’s also plenty of opportunity for review at the fourth grade level. So, I made the decision to teach a few more key concepts from the third grade book, and then move ahead to the fourth grade books. At the worst, we discover it’s too advanced, and move back to third grade, and keep the other materials for next year. But, I’m hopeful that this will provide the additional challenge they need–the last thing I want is to give them the impression that school is boring, when one of the big benefits of homeschooling is supposed to be fostering a love of learning!