Saturday, September 4, 2010

(Organization) System Saturday- Our 2010-2011 Homeschool Curriculum

I recently posted my Workbaskets + Workboxes = Works for 4 (Children) , where I explained how I was organizing my curriculum for my children.  
So what is behind all these white foam board dividers?  Here is a list of my 2010-2011 curriculum that I have pieced together (For me, it's always a challenging and overwhelming process each summer to decide which curriculum is best for our family in each subject area, but somehow by the end of the summer the pieces to the puzzle come together in time for a new school year!)

 Cupcake #1 (Grade 5)
  • Handwriting & Daily Oral Language (D.O.L): Seton's Handwriting 5 for Young Catholics & Daily Grams for Grade 5
  • Math: Saxon 6/5
  • Spelling: Catholic Heritage Curricula My Catholic Speller, Level E
  • Reading: Pathway Readers and workbook for Grade 5 (Living Together)
  • Writing Tales, Level 2
  • Religion: Faith & Life, "Credo: I Believe" text combined with an online curriculum that goes with the Faith & Life text.  The online curriculum is at My Catholic Faith Delivered.  I also review The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1 with my child.
  • History (I do this subject with all 3 of my older children together) :  Famous Men of Rome from Memoria Press ( I do Ancient Roman History Monday through Wednesday and then US History, States & Capitals Thursdays and Fridays)
  • Science:  Apologia Zoology 2, Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day with Zoology 2 Notebooking Journal (together)
  • Latin: Latina Christiana, Book 1 (together)
  • Spanish: I have a friend who comes to my home to teach my children Spanish about every other week
  • Map Skills:  Maps, Charts, and Graphs, Level E (Seton)
  • Piano:  My 3 older children take lessons each week from a friend of mine
  • Art: weekly homeschool art classes with an art teacher
  • Physical Education:  weekly soccer practice and games with a league
 Cupcake #2 (Grade 3)
  •  Handwriting/D.O.L.: Introducing Prints and Handwriting (cursive) Book 1 by Marie Picard and Cursive Writing Skills for Left-Handed Students by Diana Hanbury King/Oral Language for Daily Use by Frank Schaffer Publications, Grade 3
  • Math:  Right Start Mathematics, Level C
  • Reading:  Little Angel Readers, Level D 
  • Shirley English Grammar/Composition, Level 2
  • Spelling:  All About Spelling ( My son loves this spelling program!  Since he is still not reading fluently, I thought AAS would be a great program for him since it's very phonics based and hands on as he learns to spell words with magnetic letter tiles vs. just memorizing a weekly list.  We are starting on the most basic level, Level 1, which he is breezing through, but I wanted to lay a good foundation with the program before getting into Level 2).
  • Religion:  Faith & Life, "Our Life with Jesus"
  • History: with siblings
  • Science: with siblings
  • Latin: with siblings
  • Spanish: with siblings
  • Map Skills: Maps, Charts, and Graphs, Level C (Seton)
  • Piano: weekly lessons
  • Art: weekly classes
  • Physical Education:  weekly soccer practice and games in a league
Cupcake #3 (Grade 1) 
  • Handwriting/D.O.L:  Catholic Heritage Handwriting Series, Level 1: Moving Onward/Oral Language for Daily Use by Frank Schaffer Publications, Grade1
  • Reading/Writing/Spelling:  Sing, Spell, Read, & Write
  • Math:  worksheets from a Grade 1 Math resource book and Math U See, Alpha level
  • Religion:  Faith & Life. "Our Heavenly Father" with workbook
  • History: with siblings
  • Science: with siblings
  • Latin: with siblings
  • Spanish: with siblings
  • Map Skills:   Maps, Charts, and Graphs, Level A (Seton)
  • Piano:  weekly lessons
  • Art: weekly classes
  • Physical Education:  weekly soccer practice and games in a league
Cupcake #4 (almost 3 years old)
  • Math:  counting how many times she makes it to the potty with no accidents (she's doing great potty training which she initiated one day recently by changing from her diaper to panties (she has to keep up with her older siblings, you know)
  • Social Studies:  learning how to be social one on one with a sibling while mom works with her other siblings
  • History/Science/Latin:  learning how to take good naps in the afternoon so Mommy can finish up with school time in these subject areas with her 3 older siblings.
  • Signing Times:  She LOVES these sign language videos and my whole family does too!  Post coming soon on how we saw the creator of Signing Times in concert recently!  Awesome!
  • Piano: learning how to have clean hands when approaching piano and to not bang on the keys while her siblings are practicing
  • Art: draws on everything, including paper :)
  • Physical Education:  she runs away from Mommy and Daddy and into our arms for hugs and kisses
Many of our curriculum books can be found under the links that I have on the left sidebar titled "Homeschool Resources We Use".   If you homeschool, what curriculum do you love to use with your children? If you have a post up about your curriculum choices for this 2010-2011 school year, put the link in my comments section. I'm always interested in what works/does not work for others when it comes to curriculum choices!

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Hi Tracy! I just came on over to follow you back :) I was able to Follow you on the Networked Blogs also. I just added mine as well. When you get time I'd love for you to come back by and try to follow me on mine again.

Hi Kerin Lee! Thanks for the follow backs! It says I am following you on Network Blogs when I go into Network Blogs, but my photo isn't showing up on your Blog page under Network and I don't see your photo on my blog page under Network?
I do see your photo under GFC follows. Can you explain why the photos aren't appearing?

Great organization! I love that.

I found you through the Weekend Winddown blog hop! Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Karen said...

Stopping by on a Saturday Hop:)

Unknown said...

We love Signing Time too :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thanks so much for linking up for Surfin Saturdays! I 'm following you on networked blogs!! Hope you'll follow me back! :)


Unknown said...

Wow! You are a busy lady. It is nice to have friends who can teach spanish, and piano. Have a great weekend.

Hi Amanda!
Thanks for your visit and comment! I just hopped over to your blog and posted a comment on that yummy 5 minute meal you made :P Thanks for the recipe for the salad dressing too! I'm your newest follower!
Have a great weekend!

Hi Karen!
Thanks for your visit and comment! I just stopped by your blog and left a comment! That is great that you homeschool and are able to go around and shop for great savings!
Have a good weekend!

Hi Jen,
I hope to post my "Signing Time" post soon! Seeing Rachel Coleman in person and taking a picture with her was a great experience for me and for my children!
Have a blessed weekend and thanks for your visit!

Hi Kim!
Thanks for your visit, comment,and follow on Networked Blogs! I just left a comment on your current post and I am following you on GFC, NBLOGS and I have "Liked" your FB blog page for a little while now :) Follow back if you'd like!
Have a blessed weekend!

Hi Lynda!
Thanks for your visit and comment! Yes, the schedule is busy, but one day at a time right?
I just left a comment on your current post and I love the series you are doing with homeschooling. I'll have to go back and read all of them when I get a minute :)
I clicked a vote for you too on the Picket Fence :)
Have a good weekend!

PS: Lynda, thanks for grabbing my blog button! It looks great on your blog :)
I'll get your button and put it on my blog scroll when I get a chance :)

Hello! I'm now following from No Ordinary Blog Hop. I really like your school and chore organizational systems. Great job! and thanks for sharing.

Jan at Jewelry4Change

Hi Jan!
So glad you stopped by and like the post! Thanks for following and I hope to see you at NOBH :)

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