Thursday, September 2, 2010

2010-2011 Curriculum picks… a work in progress

This will probably be changed and added to a hundred times but this is the plan for now…

Mustard Seed (3 years old):

In addition to the list below, he will be around for most of Cinnamon’s lessons. I am sure he will pick up some things from that too.

Basic Preschool Skills-

Cutting, gluing, coloring, shapes, colors, alphabet sounds, numbers, etc. I will mostly be using the wonderful things that have been created by Confessions of a Homeschooler as well as Home Grown Hearts. I will also be reading a lot of books and we will be playing a lot of games.

Cinnamon (5 almost 6 years old):

Cinnamon will be welcome to participate in all of our Toddler activities as well as…


We are using Math-U-See for Math, I wrote about this here.


Our choice for Science is

Exploring Creation With Astronomy (Young Explorers)

I have heard so many wonderful things about Apologia. I know that my kids and I are going to love these books.

Language Arts:

We will use

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons


Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers

We have already started this and I am so impressed! My daughter begs to do more then one lesson a day! We will begin the Bob books about halfway thru the book.


We will be using

Artistic Pursuits Book One: The Elements of Art And Composition


Drawing with Children

this year. We are starting with the preschool Artistic pursuits called:

The Way They See It: A Book for Every Parent About the Art Children Make

We will then move on to K-3 Book 1. My daughter wants to be an artist when she grows up, so I will be putting a special emphasis on art. We will also be making “Beautiful Junk” a couple of times a week. Basically I will give them “Junk” (paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, old ribbons, etc). With a little tape or glue you have “Beautiful Junk”.


We will use…

Stories of the Great Composers (Book & CD) (Learning Link)

We do a lot of singing and dancing as well as play with percussion instruments. So that will count as music too.


We will be using

Around the World in 180 Days (2-volume set)

as well as Expedition Earth from Confessions of a Homeschooler. My children are going to love filling up their passports!


We will be learning about American History this year. We will read books, do games, activities and make lapbooks for added enjoyment.

Gospel Study:

Aside from our family scripture study and Family Home Evening. We will be studying the New Testament. We will read the beginning reader- New Testament Stories. We will be watching videos from Living Scriptures: New Testament (We love these!!) We will practice songs from the Children’s Songbook and work on Scripture Mastery.


I will be reading a lot of picture books as well as chapter books. I will ask them to tell me what I read to them or draw a picture about what I have read.


We will be watching Signing Time Videos  as well.

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