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post #21 of 54
We're going to use WP AS1 for 3rd and 1st this year, RS B & C/D, FLL1/3, WWE 1/2. I'm thinking maybe Artistic Pursuits, some latin for 3rd grader, maybe Rosetta Stone for Spanish finally?? We need science still, but will use some of what we didn't cover with WP AW's for sure, and maybe R.E.A.L. science. We will be joining a coop for art, music, and some other stuff so that will be lots of a fun and a great way to fit some other things in.
post #22 of 54
i've switched things around a little from my original plan. i think this is what's going on though...

3rd grade
all about spelling
writing strands or WWE (undecided)
daily grams (i think)
CLE Math
how great thou ART dvd series
apologia astronomy & CLP nature readers
american tales reader and activity guide (i also have abeka gr. 3 american history for a spine)
independent reading for my dd (she can read what she wants)
bi-weekly co-op (SOTW, habitats, board games)
homeschool equestrian classes 1x monthly
guitar with daddy
field trips

1st grade
hooked on phonics gr. 1
all about spelling (at his own pace)
WWE 1 (we'll see how it goes)
saxon 1 math
abeka gr 1 history (as a spine) & american tales reader
apologia astronomy and CLP nature readers
how great thou art dvd series (this is really something his sister wanted, but he can tag along if he chooses)
bi-weekly co-op (SOTW, habitats, music)
tae kwon do
homeschool equestrian class 1x monthly
field trips
post #23 of 54
Let's see ... I've ordered

Rosetta Stone Mandarin for us all (DH and I could use the brush-up, and the kids have forgotten most of what they knew)

Sonlight Core 1
Sonlight Bible 1
Sonlight Science 1
Sonlight Readers 2 Intermediate
Writing With Ease 1
Rod & Staff English 2
All About Spelling 1
Zoo membership

And then we'll continue with Artistic Pursuits and Math Mammoth since we already have those, and the kids will use Sonlight's Readers 1 and 2 as needed before moving on to 2 Int.
post #24 of 54
This is my current wish list.

For all of us:
Sonlight Core 1 or 1+2
Sonlight 2 Intermediate readers for ds8 and dd7
Various books for ds10 (to fill in the readers gap)
JumpMath at appropriate levels
Progressive Phonics for ds8 and dd7
Spelling and Language Mechanic for DS10
Either sonlight science 2, 3 or Classic Science.
Artistic Pursuits k-3 for everyone
Some kinda hands on music I think. For fun anyhow.
Kumon workbooks for everyone, for fun only

That should keep us occupied.
post #25 of 54
I'm new to this area of MDC, but wanted to jump in. I have a 4yo DD and a 2yo DS. This past year, I have been working through Before Five in a Row and Letter of the Week. This is what I have outlined for "next year" or whenever we start...I'm thinking of maybe even starting over the summer because my DD just soaks up the writing and "formal activity" type things.

Before Five in a Row - still haven't done all the books and I especially want to continue this for my DS
Explode the Code primer--Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for the Code
Making Math Meaningful, K
Little Hands to Heaven--we will be doing some of this on our own and some in a co-op type setting with two other families, kids ages ranging from 2-5yo
--and I'm thinking of adding a handwriting component for my DD, maybe Handwriting Without Tears, pre-K

Suggestions or critiques welcome. We are really just starting our official homeschooling journey!
post #26 of 54
hey kristin. welcome to this part of MDC. i've used MMM, ETC, and BFIAR. all of those are gentle and great. have FUN!
post #27 of 54
I don't have anything to buy, but we will be continuing with Sonlight P 3/4 and P 4/5, adding in Core K with 2 Int readers & Science K. Continuing with Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading (OPGTR), FLL 1/2, Aesops Fables, Greek Myths, Handwriting, Saxon 1, MEP Year 1. I want to get Song School Latin, but still debating if he is ready yet. We will listen to SOTW 1 CD's, but will repeat it next year with extra reading and AG.
post #28 of 54
Oh goodness! I will have a second grader and a fifth grader next year at home. I am pretty decided on my 2nd grade stuff, but struggling with 5th.
Here's what I have so far:

2nd Grade:
Draw Write Now (she just loves this series, we use it for copywork and drawing. I will use it more to tie in with other subjects and initiate creative writing as well next year)
Singapore Math 2A & 2B
ABeCeDarian (we will continue this throughout the summer as well--hoping to be reading independently at grade level by the start of 2nd grade)
All About Spelling
Beyond the Code books 2, 3, 4 for comprehension skills (I really liked the first one! She could read it and she liked the activities around the stories. We do it orally.)
First Language Lessons (I think)
Little Passports (monthly club--will use to tie in with social studies)
Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding (for science)

5th grade:
We will take a break from workbook math and most likely do Life of Fred (fractions and decimals--although she is good at fractions and decimals, but I don't know that she is ready for pre algebra) She also wants to use the "Real Life Math" series. So we will try one of those. She has been going through 3 Singapore levels a year--and getting tired of the workbooks.
I loved easy grammar, but since I want a more complete language arts curriculum, we plan on using MCT series.
For History we will continue with US History. This year we studied through the Civil War and Reconstruction. We will start where we left off and work through modern times. I hope we will also have time to tackle state history. We don't use a "curriculum" for this--finding it better to explore it through multiple resources.
Science: I hope Nebel's book for older kids finally gets published. If it does, we will try that. If not. . .I think I will "unschool" this subject. Not to offend unschoolers--I realize we won't really be unschoolers, but I think she has the potential to go far with less 'help' in this subject.


I know this isn't complete, but it is where I am at now.

Amy
post #29 of 54


New to us:

Rosetta Stone Swedish We are moving to Sweden next year!


Continuing:

Miquon math
Explode the Code
Spelling Workout
Handwriting (Getty and Dubay)
Nebel's Foundations of Scientific Understanding
Dance/soccer/swim team
Piano


Looking for:

History/social studies -- we may cobble something together in the fall about Sweden and its history to get us ready for the move.
post #30 of 54
We are classical; I tend to follow Latin Centered Curriculum, but am also influenced heavily by WTM. But, I don't tend to use either of their curriculum suggestions. I don't think I have to buy much for next year (we also don't tend to finish any curriculum at the "end" of a school year), but here's what we are doing:

4th grade:
Math: Singapore 3B/4A, Miquon Yellow & Purple - transitioning into LoF Fractions
L/A: WWE 3/4, MCT Island (we started that this spring; I think we'll savor it and stretch it out until next spring), Junior English (Galore Park publishing from the UK), AAS (he just started level 4); I'm hoping after this summer he'll be reading at grade level

2nd Grade:
Math: Singapore 2A/2B and Miquon Blue & Green
L/A: WWE 2; MCT Island; AAS (he just started level 3); Phonics Pathways

Both Ds#1 and Ds#2:
Latin: Latin for Children A
History: SOTW 1/2 and CHOTW (we were slated to do SOTW 3 this spring, but I combine history with ds#2, and I didn't want him doing SOTW 4 in 2nd grade, so I restarted our rotation); US History through non-fiction picture books and Liberty's Kids DVDs
Geography: We are working through Evan-Moor geography units on each continent; I'm guessing next year we'll do South America and Europe; we also do map work with SOTW.
Science: Singapore Science My Pals are Here 3/4 (we do a chapter once a week and I combine this with ds#2); after we finish the 3/4 series, I'm thinking of trying Apologia's science books and just editing out their world view on creation if at all possible.
Art: I think we will do Meet the Masters 1x a month with friends again. I might have to look into Artistic Pursuits for us at home though.
Spanish: I really want to start this with dedication; I'm thinking of restarted Rosetta Stone with the boys and if we keep our Discovery Education sub., making sure to do at least one Elementary Spanish lesson a week.

Ds#3 will be Pre-K (4); he'll probably start Miquon Orange and Singapore EarlyBird for math; HWOT K for printing; and Phonics Pathways for reading. Other than that, his goal seems to be to get into whatever we are doing as much as he wants, and otherwise, make bit messes at the table with paper, scissors, glue, and markers.
post #31 of 54
Ds1 (5 in October) will be starting kindy this fall! We're going with Heart of Dakota's Little Hearts For His Glory with The Reading Lesson, Bob Books, Singapore Earlybird, and A Reason for Handwriting, plus bunches of read-alouds from a list I'm compiling from Sonlight, Ambleside, and a few other sources.

Ds2 (3 in August) will continue with HOD Little Hands To Heaven. I started it a couple of months ago and the boys adore it! Such a sweet, gentle program.

The baby will be working on literature appreciation (gnawing on Sandra Boynton books) and phys ed (crawling and cruising).
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post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by shoefairy3 View Post
This is my current wish list.

For all of us:
Sonlight Core 1 or 1+2
Sonlight 2 Intermediate readers for ds8 and dd7
Various books for ds10 (to fill in the readers gap)
JumpMath at appropriate levels
Progressive Phonics for ds8 and dd7
Spelling and Language Mechanic for DS10
Either sonlight science 2, 3 or Classic Science.
Artistic Pursuits k-3 for everyone
Some kinda hands on music I think. For fun anyhow.
Kumon workbooks for everyone, for fun only

That should keep us occupied.
And the kids decided that they would like to learn Haitian Creole too
post #33 of 54
I'll be homeschooling my 8 year old for the third year, my 5 year old has special needs and she'll be going to public kindergarten.

Anyway, we're using

Latina Christiana I
MCP Math
Classical Writing, Aesop book I
CHC grammar and spelling book
D'Aulaires Greek Myth course
Memoria Press Christian Studies year I
Behold and See 3
Faith and Life (3 i think, whatever 3rd grade is)
Memoria press cursive and print copy books

And a few random things, a map skills book and some early American history stuff, we'll keep doing SOTW vol I in our spare time, etc.
post #34 of 54
4th Grade

Main Curriculum: Ambleside Online Year 3 (history, geography, science, literature, nature journaling, artist study, composer study, poetry)
Math: finishing up TT5 then going into TT7 or LoF Fractions
Grammar: Simply Grammar
Other: Tons of field trips, group classes, and workshops, Webelo Scouts, CCD, Theater Class, & Football or Basketball.
post #35 of 54
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Originally Posted by CherryBomb View Post
I'll be homeschooling my 8 year old for the third year, my 5 year old has special needs and she'll be going to public kindergarten.

Anyway, we're using

Latina Christiana I
MCP Math
Classical Writing, Aesop book I
CHC grammar and spelling book
D'Aulaires Greek Myth course
Memoria Press Christian Studies year I
Behold and See 3
Faith and Life (3 i think, whatever 3rd grade is)
Memoria press cursive and print copy books

And a few random things, a map skills book and some early American history stuff, we'll keep doing SOTW vol I in our spare time, etc.
There is a D'Aulaires Greek myth course? We loved that book!
post #36 of 54
Memoria Press publishes a guide to go with the D'Aulaires Greek Myths book. It looks good.
post #37 of 54
I'll be starting kindergarten with my five year old. We're doing:

Literature: stories and poetry from the Ambleside year 0 list and elsewhere

Math: MEP reception year

Music: Music for Young Children

Reading: continue to practice with a variety of leveled readers and other appropriate books.

Religion: Bible stories from the Tomie DePaola's Children' Bible, and stories about saints from the library.

Science: mucking about in the woods with Dad.

I haven't decided what to do for French, or handwriting. She says she wants to learn cursive, but I can't decide if we really need a program or not.
post #38 of 54
I can't decide!

I'm having some issues and tend to be an indecisive person anyway. I think we are going to look something like this:

Both kids FIAR and unit studies

2nd
McRuffy 2nd grade math
CLE la 2
Write source (every friday for writing practice in place of CLE LA)
HOP Master reader, beyond the code, and Christain liberty press nature readers for reading

K
singapore 1a (with lots of games)
HOP and possible McRuffy dynamic phonics book thrown in for reading
hand writing practice
lots of games and crafts
I may scrap this plan and get McRuffy K phonics and math instead....
post #39 of 54
Most of my ressources are in French but I'll be using a few English ones (or translation of things you can find in English).

for the 13yo:
The Elements and Mapping the World With Art from Ellen McHenry

for the 5yo:
we might start SOTW 1... not sure yet.

I'm toying with the idea of getting all the books from Real Science for Kids... might borrow them from a friend before deciding.
post #40 of 54
We will be starting Kindergarten this Fall when DS turns 5. This is the general plan so far:

Reading/Phonics - 5/week
Explode the Code 1
Progressive Phonics

Handwriting - 3/week
HWTears K
Draw Write Now

Math - 5/week
Singapore Primary Mathematics 1A

Social Studies - 2/week
Maps, Charts & Graphs A: The Places Around Me

Science - 3/week
Singapore Child's Play Science
Singapore Earlybird Startup Science (once we finish the above book)
Science Experiments

Nature - varies weekly
Handbook of Nature Study
Letterboxing
My Nature Journal

Art - 1/week
ARTistic Pursuits - The Way They SEE It
Draw Write Now

We honestly still plan to spend very VERY little time actually doing 'book work'. In fact, as you can see above, the only materials we plan to cover 'daily' are Reading and Math. The others are 2-3 times a week instead. The rest of the time, we focus more on organic learning and just follow interests.
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