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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Elementary Curriculum Choices for 2012-2013 School Year

Wow!  July is more than half over already!  Even though we have been doing a little school work here and there due to review items, our main school curricula were completed at the end of May.  If all goes well, I would like to start easing back into our school starting August 13th.  This year I will have a toddler. pre-k, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 11th grade students.  I do not use a "curriculum" for pre-k or kindergarten.  Children in those grades do a little bit of letters and numbers, start reading if they are ready, and tag along as they wish for the rest of the subjects.  These are the main items we will be using for Elementary Grades this year along with whatever review items come our way.

All About Reading Pre Level One - We have great success using the All About Reading Level One Program and am planning on ordering and using Pre One for my 5 and possibly my 3 1/2 year old who always wants to do what her big brother is doing.  I also purchased the readers to go along with All About Spelling Level 2 for my 8 eight old.  My 7 year old will be finishing up AAR Level One Readers.

Spelling:  We don't wok on Spelling until they are confidently reading. 

Spelling City- We are reviewing the Premium Membership and am planning on continuing with my 5th grader
All About Spelling- 3rd grade


Handwriting Without Tears for K, 1st, and 3rd

Essentials In Writing- 5th grade- I discovered this program at our local Homeschool Convention.  It is a writing program similar to Math U See.  I have high hopes that it is going to be the perfect Writing Curriculum for Nick!

Math-Everyone 1st grade and up will be using Math U See.

History-  We absolutely loved  Mystery of History Vol 1 and completed it last year.  This year we will be moving on to Mystery of History Vol 2.  Our whole family works on this together.

Science- Last year we completed Apologia's Flying Creatures so this year we are moving on to Swimming Creatures!  One of our favorite things about this curriculum is the hands on projects and the boys can't wait to see what we will be doing this year. 


Nick (5th grade) will continue working on Visual Latin.  He really enjoys the Visual Latin Dvds and the younger children watch them too although they don't do the worksheets they have learned some Latin too.  


We recently had an opportunity to review Apologia's 3rd book in their What We Believe Series, Who Is My Neighbor and Why Does He Need Me?  We have completed the other 2 books and will be finishing it this year.

I am hoping to have time for this study on artists that I downloaded free (for July) from Confessions of a Homeschooler and would like to do something similar for Composers.

I am really excited about our curriculum for this year and looking forward to whatever else comes our way!

*Links to All About Learning, Bright Ideas Press, and Visual Latin are my affiliate links and I do make a small commission off sales through those links.  I only form affiliate relationships with companies whose products I use and believe in!
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