I’m really not sure if anyone else is interested in our curriculum choices, but I thought I’d make a list of them for myself if not anyone else.
My children are in Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades.
We are living in a temporary home and hoping to be moving again this fall so I tried to make curriculum choices that are easy to use, flexible, and will travel well. We’ve already been doing math this summer to give ourselves a little wiggle room for packing and moving.
I’m sure this isn’t an all-inclusive list of every book we’ll touch or every bit of learning we’ll do, but it at least shows the core of what we will be doing this year.
Foundations program. This really makes up a large part of our curriculum. We learn math, science, history, geography, timeline, latin, and english grammar. The kids do weekly presentations, science experiments, and fine arts activities. Often the kids will read books related to what we learn in CC on their own time. If you want to know more about CC, I shared why we love Classical Conversations a few months ago. One morning a week, we spend with our community, but this also shapes a lot of what we do at home.
Essentials program. My oldest 2 will both be in Essentials this year. They learn grammar including sentence diagramming, writing papers with IEW, and play math games. We use the Essentials spelling lists during the year as well. I shared about gearing up for our Essentials journey and reflections on our first year. We work on Essentials assignments the rest of the week after attending class Monday afternoons.
Elijah and Ruth are doing Saxon 6/5 and Saxon 5/4 using up stacks of spiral notebooks. We just started Saxon last year, and I love the improvement I have seen in Elijah’s math confidence in the last year.
Isaiah is doing Grade 2 Math from Christian Light Education. I wasn’t wild about the younger years of Saxon so I switched to this. I like that everything is right in the workbooks. Isaiah likes coloring in his drill practice charts and the fact that pre-tests can let you skip a lesson. People who liked Saxon 5/4 and up but didn’t like the younger years recommended CLE, and I’m glad I checked it out.
For Kindergarten, Gideon is working through these free math worksheets as well as playing lots of math games. He’ll probably complete the Kindergarten and Grade 1 practice books this year.
Elijah and Ruthie will mainly use Essentials. They will read lots of books too (they always do). For extra spelling practice, we use lists from Spelling Power. For copywork, we use the CC memory work (print and cursive) with the kids just writing in spiral notebooks.
Isaiah and Gideon will continue working on reading skills with The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading and phonics worksheets from Teacher Filebox. They will memorize English grammar with CC and reinforce those concepts with these fun grammar books. Handwriting practice will be CC memory work or pages from Draw Write Now.
Besides CC’s memory work and science experiments, Seth will do extra science experiments with the kids, and they’ll read these books, CC’s science snippets (from CC Connected), and books from the library.
We study the Bible as a family, but I don’t really think of it as “curriculum.” I thought I would include it on my list in case someone needs a reminder to include Bible study in their planning. I am reviewing a Bible curriculum and will write about it in the near future after we have used it for a while. We also will pull out our We Choose Virtues cards again soon (maybe not until after the move).
What are you using this year? Do you have something new that you are extra excited about?
I am looking forward to learning together with my children and watching them grow!