Originally Posted by seawitch
I haven't really put too much work into looking at curriculums so far - I'm very overwhelmed. I know I want to do Singapore maths and I'm also going to be doing some sort of packaged science - not sure which, though. (Any suggestions?) But what I'm concerned about more is the rest of the bulk. I want to basically focus on world cultures... do units that are based on different regions of the world, their stories, art, myths, foods, histories, etc.
I have another year (or maybe even two) until we need a formal curriculum and I was wondering if there are any packages that I should look into. I might have to just make it up myself but if someone's already done this, I don't want to reinvent the wheel.
Packaged science, I highly recommend Supercharged Science. It's a little pricey, but serves for YEARS and it's got its own instructional DVDs, as well. So incredible!
For social studies, I use a mix of MBtP (Moving Beyond the Page) and SotW. SotW has maps with EVERY lesson, and my kids by 5 know major countries, their important rivers and deltas, and all the continents, just from the map lessons.
Moving Beyond the Page has wonderful around-the-world lessons in culture, history, foods, etc., usually centered on one book. (For instance, we did a long lesson centering on the book "Akimbo," and learned a great deal about Africa in the process).
I believe National Geographic has quite a few educational geography progams for kids now.