Curriculum

(Kindergarten & 1st Grade)

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan and Jessie Wise gave me a new outlook on homeschooling. I feel in love with the classical approach. I recommend it to anyone considering homeschooling. I decided to begin following the author’s curriculum suggestions, with the exception of a few personal changes.

1. Reading Aloud

1. We go to the library and choose educational reader books coordinating with topics we are covering in Science and History. He reads aloud to me for about 2o minutes each day.

2. A few days a week, I read aloud from chapter books. For example, we just completed Alice and Wonderland and are now reading Treasure Island.

2. Writing

Daily Copy-work in Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Winning with Writing Level 1 (1st Grade)

3. Structured Reading Lesson

The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading

I love this phonics approach to teaching reading. My son is flourishing from this technique. We use a magnetic marker board to accompany our lessons. He loves writing the words with markers and creating them from magnetic letters. This book is full of way to reinforce phonics.

4. Grammar

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1

I love this book. I was unsure about teaching grammar at his age but he has caught on very quickly with no problem. He actually enjoys this book. It has made Grammar one of his best subjects. In Kindergarten he could tell you the definition of a noun, pronoun and verb and identify them properly in a sentence! I also LOVE the memorization and reciting exercises in this book. We are about to finish up level 1 and starting level 2 a few weeks in to 1st grade.

5. Spelling

All About Spelling

I am LOVING this program. Wow. It seems to cover everything a child needs to know in order to be a great speller. It is broken down into very organized simple steps and doesn’t miss a thing!

6. Math

Saxon Math 1: Homeschool Kit

7. History & Geography

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition

The Story of the World, Activity Book 1: Ancient Times – From the Earliest Nomad to the Last Roman Emperor

The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History

Ancient Civilization History Pockets

We cover a chapter a week or sometimes stretch it to 2 weeks. It is very thorough and gives plenty of outside resources and projects to choose from. My son really enjoys it. We take extra time learning more about the parts of the lesson he is especially interested in like pyramids & mummies!

We are making a lap-book. With each chapter we cut, glue, and add-in several reminders of the information we covered. It has been helpful to display the information in an organized way. We are able to follow the timeline pattern in a more hands-on approach and visualize it better.

8. Science (Human Anatomy, Botany & Animal Science)

First Animal Encyclopedia (Dk First Reference Series)

WTM suggest covering Life Science: animals, human beings and plants in 1st grade, one at a time. I like her approach. Instead of covering bits and pieces from every topic sporadically, you stay on one topic consistently for 10-20 weeks. The DK books have beautiful graphics and my son finds them very interesting. The only disadvantage is that there is a little extra work on my part preparing lessons. We read about the topic, watch videos, do experiments or related art projects and lap-book through our journey.

(We only teach one of the three Science subjects at once: animals, human body or plants)

First Human Body Encyclopedia (DK First Reference Series)

My First Human Body Book

Green Thumbs: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening (A Kid’s Guide series)

Quality Plants Gr 1-3 Scienceworks For Kids by Evan-Moor

9. Music 

Piano lessons in 1st Grade

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(2nd Grade)

1. Language Arts:  

Grammar & Composition: Rod and Staff English 2 with Phonics Workbook

Reading and Vocabulary: Rod and Staff Reading / A Story about God’s People

Spelling: All About Spelling – Level 2 & start Level 3

Grammar: First Language Lessons  – Level 2

Composition: Winning With Writing – Level 2

Literature: 20-30min each day (Choose from book list)

2. Math:

Saxon Math 2

3. History:

Story of the World: Middle Ages Level 2 + activity book + read aloud CD set 

4. Typing:

Typing Instructor

5. Science: (Astronomy & Earth Science) 

Real Science 4 Kids Geology with lab workbook

Real Science 4 Kids Astronomy with lab workbook

6. Cursive Handwriting:

Handwriting Without Tears

7. Music:

Piano Lessons

8. Bible:

Daily scripture copy work, memorization, and recitation

9. Art

Art Creations Elementary Art Class

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(3rd Grade)

1. Language Arts

All About Spelling  Level 4

Winning with Writing  Level 4

First Language Lessons Level 3

ABeka Book Reading Program Level 3

(20 minutes of daily student reading from the Abeka Book Reading Program!)

I read from a children’s novel each night before bed. (The Borrowers, The Loin, the Witch and the Wardrobe, etc.)

Spectrum Test Prep Grace 3

(We work a couple pages from Test Prep each day.)

Wordly Wise Level 3

(1 lesson per week.)

Daily Grams Student Workbook Grade 4

2. Math

Horizons Math 3

3. History

The Story of the World: Early Modern Times Level 3 + Activity Book + Read Aloud CD Set

Lap-booking

(There are many on-line resources from moms who have created free printable lap-books. We have found these to be very helpful with supplementing and creating visual/hands-on learning. We buy art notebooks with blank pages and use the print outs and the SOTW resources to cut & glue. We also write sentences and draw pictures about each chapter.)

4. Science (Chemistry & Physics)

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics with lap-booking and weekly experiments

5. Cursive Handwriting

(We do daily cursive sentence copy work and reading cursive sentences aloud)

6. Music

Piano Lessons

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(4th Grade)

1. Language Arts

All About Spelling  Level 5

Winning with Writing  Level 4

First Language Lessons (Grammar) Level 4

A Beka Book Reading Program (4th Grade Readers)Level 4

(20 minutes of daily student reading from the Abeka Book Reading Program)

30 min-1hr of pleasure reading before bed. (The Borrowers, The Loin, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, etc.)

Spectrum Test Prep Grade 4

(This gives us practice with Common Core and test taking skills. We work a couple pages from Test Prep each day.)

Wordly Wise  (Vocab) Level 3

Daily Grams (Grammar Practice) Student Workbook Grade 4

2. Math

Horizons Math 4

3. History

The Story of the World: Early Modern Times Level 4 + Activity Book + Read Aloud CD Set

Lap-booking

(There are many on-line resources from moms who have created free printable lap-books. We have found these to be very helpful with supplementing and creating visual/hands-on learning. We buy art notebooks with blank pages and use the print outs and the SOTW resources to cut & glue. We also write sentences and draw pictures about each chapter.)

4. Science (Animal Science, Botany, Human Body)

DK Eyewitness books on each of the 7 animal classifications. Dissections and lap-booking.

DK Eyewitness books on Plants with experiments, lap-books and nature journaling.

DK Eyewitness books on Human Body with lap-booking.

(BrainPop is a great resource! We use it for each of the science subjects.Also, youtube has a lot of scientific videos for classroom resources.)

5. Cursive Handwriting

(We do daily cursive sentence copy work and reading cursive sentences aloud)

6. Music

Piano Lessons

7. Geography US states

Map of the United States Sticker Picture

United States Coloring Book

U.S. Geography Preprinted Handouts

7.  Geography

United States Coloring Book

Map of the United States Sticker Picture

Know Your Map Skills Grades 3-4

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(5th Grade)

1. Language Arts

 Grammar & Composition: Rod and Staff English 5

Reading and Vocabulary: Rod and Staff Reading / A Time to Plant 

Spelling: All About Spelling – Level 5

Composition: Winning with Writing – Level 5

Logic: Mind Benders – Level 3

Literature: 30 min-1hr each day (Choose from book list)

2. Math

Horizons Math: Level 5

3. History

The Story of the World: Ancient Times Volume 1

4. Science: Astronomy & Earth Science

Real Science 4 Kids Geology with lab workbook

Real Science 4 Kids Astronomy with lab workbook

5. Cursive Handwriting

(Daily cursive sentence copy work and reading cursive sentences aloud)

6. Music

Piano Lessons

7. Typing 

Typing Instructor

8. Bible

Daily scripture copy work, memorization, and recitation

9. Art

Art Creations Elementary Art Class

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