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Curriculum 2010/11

So!  Time to head back to school…which for us means back to the kitchen table.  🙂 

This year we have a second grader and two first graders, one who is more a kindergartener really.  I am using basically the same curriculum for everyone and then upping the level for Sophie a bit for second grade on some things.  Basically I am going to show my first grade curriculum here but honestly it is so much the same.  Sophie needs a more challenging math than the littler ones and she does cursive writing and that sort of thing, but if I was able to make it the same, I did.

So here is the stack of books that we will be relying on this year.  I am going to go through each one below because a couple of peeps have asked me to but I know this might be quite the dull post for some.   For me, it is my life right now!  🙂

This is THE book for us.  The Well Trained Mind.  It goes into detail about why classical method and it tells just how to do it.  It does not tell you exactly what to order, but it gives options to look into, an idea of how much time should be spent on each subject at each grade level, etc.  This book covers k-12 so it is a great investment.  I ordered this off of Amaz*n and I order whatever I can from them as I like their free shipping and good service and availability of books.

Math.  Oh math.  So this would be our third or fourth math program to try!  Yeah.  We used Saxon the first year, Singapore last year and switched to just basic math workbooks midyear and now this is Math U See Beta level (for first grade).  So far (just started using it today!), I like it.  It feels like a complete program and it doesn’t look like an insane amount of busy work (which is what bugged me about Saxon).  Math is hard to settle on.  We ordered the whole kit, manipulatives, teacher book, test and workbooks and cd from the MathUSee website.  Wish us luck!  😉

For reading, I like this.  This is by the same author that wrote the Well Trained Mind book and actually I like everything they do so far.  They have their own reading, language arts, history and writing programs and we use all of them.  I ordered this from Amazon.

Also by the authors of WTM.  I love this writing program.  There are two versions, a text only or this is text and workbook combo and to me, it is worth it to have the work pages ready to go so this is my preference!  Available at Amaz*n. 

We use all the BOB book sets to supplement for reading.  I think I found these at Costc* a couple of years ago but they are also available on Amaz*n.

Another by the authors of WTM.  We have the workbook, textbook and also the textbook is available on CD and we have that version too.  There are four volumes and they will get you through high school, you just study each of them three times, at different levels.  First grade begins with the ancients.  I think I ordered this on Amaz*n as well.

Language arts, also by the authors of WTM.  A lot of these resources go k or 1-2 so we really did not have to buy too much this year.  Math was my main investment, plus a few supplemental things for science and some consumable workbooks for writing and such. 

So this I am not too sure about!  Last year we used Spelling Workout and I think I liked that better because it had a few days of activity pages for each spelling list and then a spelling quiz on Friday.  This book is more just lists of words.  Hmm.  Might return this one.

I think this is such a cute little home ec series for home schooled kiddos!  It says for girls but I don’t see a thing wrong with boys knowing how to peel a potato, make a salad and entertain with nice manners so we will all be doing this.  Basically it is a very simple little program that teaches one thing a week.  I ordered this from some independent type website and would just suggest googling it if interested.

I forgot to take a photo of our main science book.  We are going to use Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding by Nebel this year.  We haven’t started it, but I like the looks of it and the way it is layed out.  We will supplement with these DVD’s and a science experiment type book and they are signed up for some classes that will have them doing some experiments as well.

I also ordered some of these fun little books.  One is experiments, one is geography and one is states.  I think another is backordered, maybe about body or plants.  What “should” be covered in science for first grade is body, plants and animals and Kingsfisher books are suggested but I find I need more direction than that.

I like this series for a general idea of where we should be.  When I have freak-out moments and start to worry that we are behind, I consult this book and usually see that we are basically fine.  🙂  These are available for each grade level.

I keep the things we are working on weekly (listed above) out and lots more supplies and resources in this cabinet.

See?  🙂

In our family room, we have these desks set up for individual work but my big goal this year is to do more stuff together so I think we will work at the kitchen table more.

In addition to our regular curriculum, we have decided to try a program that will meet once a week for some extra curricular things like art and science experiments and such.  The girls also do ballet, everyone does Chinese cultural school and Sophie takes piano lessons.  Rick takes them to the library each week as well and I am hoping to get organized enough to get some additional resources from there since you can’t beat that deal.  🙂

I will post our general school schedule tomorrow!

5 Responses




  1. when I grow up I want to be Tiffany.

  2. KC




    Wow! You are so sweet,informative and organized!! I really appreciate all this information. I think that I want to mostly focus on math and reading/writing/spelling this year. Since it will be my first time home-schooling,–time (and my daughter) will tell!! Thanks tons!!

  3. KC




    A mom I recently met told me that she uses the websites: http://www.softschools.com and http://www.superteacherworksheets.com
    They look interesting. Thanks for everything:)

  4. KC




    For spelling: http://www.spellingtime.com




  5. i want to give you a standing ovation! i just admire anyone who can home school period. i couldn’t do it, i know my limitations 🙂

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