Homeschool Curriculum 2012-2013

Here’s my curriculum for the forthcoming school year (my kids are 3rd grade, 2nd grade, and preschool):

Math:  Singapore Math 3A and 3B and 2A and 2B and Miquon Math and Kumon Math Workbooks for Grade 2 and 3

Science:  Apologia’s Astronomy Textbook, Journal, and Lab Kit.  I do want to do an Earth Science unit but I’m seeing how long Astronomy takes us before I decide.

Writing:  IEW’s Medieval-Based Writing Lessons

Handwriting:  Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting

Grammar:  Michael Clay Thompson’s Caesar’s English, Grammar Voyage, Paragraph Town and Practice Town

Spelling:  Riggs Institute Level 2 and Level 3

History:  Story of the World Volume 2:  Medieval History and accompanying Activity Book

Bible:  BSF’s study of Genesis and leftover curriculum

Latin:  Latin for Children A

Spanish:  Spanish for Children A and Rosetta Stone Latin America

Greek: Greek for Children A

Geography: The Complete Book of Maps and Geography

Art:  Artistic Pursuits Book 2 and Art of the Middle Ages (Art in History)

Music:  Guitar Lessons and Note Study from Hirsch

Nature Journaling:  Weather Permitting

Miscellaneous purchases:

Medieval History Wall Timeline from Knowledge Quest

National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers

What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know

The Kingfisher Atlas of World History

Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations by C. E. Thompson

Note for Preschooler:  My goal is just to teach him to read, which I will start with the phonograms and then move on to The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington.  Anything else he picks up from our daily school is just an added bonus.  He won’t be Kindergarten until next school year but I’m hoping to jump start him.

Review of Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting

Introductory Note:  I purchased these on my own.  I did not receive a free copy to review.  Hence, these are my honest opinions and assessments on the curriculum.

My kids started this in their charter school and I continued it for this year.

I like it much better than traditional cursive.  It is much, MUCH easier to read and in this day and age of computer technology legibility is more important than style.

My kids love doing the student books and I have not purchased any teacher’s manuals.  The books are self-explanatory and if you follow alongside them you will learn the rules of handwriting as well.

The books are instructive as well.  Book C teaches the months, seasons, and sayings.  Book D teaches the planets, days of the week, and even a poem.  Much more is included as well.

We did books B, C, and D so far.  Book C begins cursive and continues throughout the other levels.

Conclusions:  Even though computers are everywhere I believe it is still important to be able to write legibly.  These books are relatively cheap (less than $10 a piece) and a great alternative is you are not interested in the looped, old-fashioned cursive.  I always hated cursive when I did it in school but this is actually fun!  I emailed the company with some questions and Barbara Getty herself responded!  How cool is that!  Highly recommended.