About Curriculum

Perhaps the this first post should’ve been about why we decided to homeschool this year but that’ll have to come later. At the beginning of this year we knew we’d be be switching schools and I never felt right about any of our choices. I was plagued with indecision and worried that no school felt like the right school. Little did we know a mere 6 weeks after registering at a new school, the world would drastically change after being hit with the you-know-what.

When beginning to plan for homeschool, the best way that made sense to me was to use the curriculum used at our last school as the starting point. I could add and subtract from that while trusting that it would be the right challenge for my 3rd grader who had been thriving at school. The only piece of curriculum I changed for my 3rd grader was the writing and rhetoric course (sadly the online version of this course is for 4-5 grades) and science. My kindergartner has no school history so I changed up the phonics/reading program.

Our homeschool method will be part classical and part traditional. This is my first and last year of homeschooling so I think we’ll just have to see how things works out. I must say it has been quite exciting receiving all of the packages filled with curriculum books these past couple of weeks. Even though I thought I was ahead of the game when I ordered everything I needed the first week of August, turns out I may not have been as several items are on back order. As long as I get everything by the end of September, I figure I’m still on track.

The next phase has been reviewing the material and mapping out the plan. In my next post, I’ll share the weekly academic planner that I made and how I’m using that to map out our daily academic activities.

3rd Grade:

Grammar & WritingOnline course at Veritas Press
HandwritingD’Nealian Handwriting Workbook level 4
SpellingSpell to Write and Read
Wise Guide for Spelling
Black Learning Log
MathMath in Focus Homeschool Package – 3
Math in Focus Manipulative Kit
Calculadder Timed Math Drills
HistoryOnline Self-paced course at Veritas Press: New Testament, Greece & Rome
BibleOnline Self-paced course at Veritas Press: Gospels
ScienceThe Sassafras Science Adventures: Anatomy + SCIDAT Logbook
LanguageRosetta Stone Unlimited – Latin

Kindergarten:

HandwritingD’Nealian Handwriting Workbook level 4
SpellingSpell to Write and Read
Wise Guide for Spelling
MathMath in Focus Homeschool Package – K
Math in Focus Manipulative Kit
Calculadder Timed Math Drills
BibleThe Child’s Story Bible
PhonicsThe Phonics Museum Combo Kit – Veritas Press

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