Our Curriculum Choices 2019-2020

Curriculum choice always causes me so much stress, when really it shouldn’t. Should I be doing this? Or that? Am I doing enough? Too much? Then no matter what I choose in the middle of the summer, when the school year rolls around and is so close in sight I change it up again! So here are our choices for this year:

The Gentle + Classical Preschool cards

Pre-K (Three year old)

I struggled the most with this one oddly enough. For my older three I used Abeka. It was what I started with and it was what I knew. Oh, what I know now that I wish I knew then! There is absolutely nothing wrong with Abeka, its an easy all together open and go curriculum. It just wasn’t me OR my kids-not even a little bit. So, I planned to just wing it since Lucy will be turning 3 right after school starts. Except as I thought more and more about that I realized that wasn’t practical for me. I am a VERY unorganized person, even though I try not to be. Plus with three older kids I needed to make sure I had the time to actually make a curriculum for her. I didn’t. Then I found The Gentle + Classical Preschool: Level 1 (Ages 2-4) from Gentle Classical Press. It is exactly what I needed! She will learn everything she needs and then some, and it is all put together for me already including a book list! Plus the cards and items to go along with it are gorgeous!!

First Grade Curriculum Choices

First Grade

Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting: Level A: Manuscript Student Workbook This is new for us this year. I just love how they review a bible verse every week as their handwriting practice. I’m all for two in one and time saving!

Bible: Last year we used Apologia’s Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him?, Textbook (What We Believe) and we really liked it a lot! This year we are using volume 2 Who am I? And What am I Doing Here?, Textbook (What We Believe) along with the Who Am I? Coloring Book. Bible is done all together and the workbooks are different levels for each child.

Math: We’re using Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 2 (Math Lessons for a Living Education) (Math Lessons for a Living Eduction) We used the level 1 last year and it was the first year I had no complaints about math!! I call that a huge win!

Spanish: This is something I have always wanted my children to learn so we are starting young. We’re continuing our book from last year until the younger two are a little older. We are using Carson Dellosa – The Complete Book of Starter Spanish for Grades Preschool–1, Language Arts, Spanish/English, 416 Pages

Language Arts: We will be using The Good and the Beautiful Level 1. We loved it so much last year, and it saved us from actually quitting homeschooling when we were struggling with disliking it so much. Another reason why curriculum is so very important- it can make or break your homeschooling!

History: The Good and the Beautiful History Year 2. We used Year 1 last year and the kids retained so much of the information from it I actually was shocked. This was a definite no brainer to use again this year. History we do all together, which is such a time saver. The best part is that they offer different grade level papers to do as part of the lessons.

Science: The Good and the Beautiful Science lessons are my absolute favorite! I love the unit style personally so it works really well for us. We are using Safety, Water and Our World, and Marine Biology this year. The pictures are beautiful in these units and the kids really enjoy the activities included in them. Science we also do all together as well.

Third Grade Curriculum Choices

Third Grade

Handwriting: Handwriting, Cursive Level D – Student Worktext

Bible: Who Am I? And What am I Doing Here?, Junior Notebooking Journal to go along with the same textbook as my 1st and 5th grader Who am I? And What am I Doing Here?, Textbook (What We Believe)

Math: Math Level 4: Lessons for a Living Education

Spanish: Carson Dellosa – The Complete Book of Spanish for Grades 1–3, Language Arts, Spanish/English, 416 Pages (continuing from last year)

Language Arts: The Good and the Beautiful Level 3.

History: The Good and the Beautiful History Year 2, done with my 1st grader and my 5th grader.

Science: The Good and the Beautiful Safety, Water and Our World, and Marine Biology, also done with the 1st grader and 5th grader.

Fifth Grade Curriculum Choices

5th Grade

Handwriting: Handwriting, Cursive Level F – Student Worktext

Bible: Who am I? And What am I Doing Here?, Notebooking Journal (What We Believe) to use with the same textbook as my 1st and 3rd grader Who am I? And What am I Doing Here?, Textbook (What We Believe)

Math: Math Lessons for a Living Education, Level 6 with the teacher guide as well Math Level 6 (Teacher Guide) (Math Lessons for a Living Education)

Spanish: Carson Dellosa – The Complete Book of Spanish for Grades 1–3, Language Arts, Spanish/English, 416 Pages (continuing from last year)

Language Arts: The Good and the Beautiful Level 5

History: The Good and the Beautiful History Year 2, done with my 1st and 3rd grader.

Science: The Good and the Beautiful Safety, Water and Our World, and Marine Biology, also done with the 1st and 3rd grader.

Well that covers our main curriculum choices. Do you have any questions? Let me know!

Sara

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