Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordful Wednesday: 2011-2012 Homeschool Curriculum

Below is a list of all that I hope to accomplish this 2011-2012 homeschool year with my 4 Cupcakes! I have included links in each subject area in case anyone is interested in finding out more about each resource.  Just click on the text link to get further information.  For a peek at our homeschool classroom you can visit this post HERE from last year as my classroom setting will be the same for this year.

If you would like to see what other Catholic Homeschoolers are teaching this year you can go  HERE at  Catholic Mothers Online to see other link ups!

I have alot of material to cover, but I hope to enjoy the adventure with the following curriculum:

Family Morning Devotion I call this time "Couch Catechism" because the children and I plan to start each day around 8:30 AM (that's my start time goal anyway) on our family room couch to say prayer intentions, say the Morning Offering Prayer, read a devotion from Jesus Calling while my children look up the scripture to go with each devotion (thanks Melissa for my Jesus Calling book win last year, we are enjoying this book!), read the saint for each day from Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, Vol. I and Vol. II, read a Friendly Defenders Catholic Card, and read a little out of Child's Bible History.

Curriculum for Cupcake #1, 6th grade daughter

Handwriting: finish Handwriting 5 for Young Catholics

Daily Oral Language/Grammar:  Language of God, Level E

Religion: My Catholic Faith Delivered (Following Christ, Grade 6, Online Course) , The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2 and HERE is a review of the Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechisms from Cathy Duffy Reviews

Math: Teaching Textbooks 6

Spelling:  My Catholic Speller, Level F

Reading: Literature Guides from Memoria Press, Grade 6, (Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island, The Bronze Bow, The Hobbit)

Writing:  WriteShop I

History:  Tuesday and Thursday with siblings, Ancient Greece with Famous Men of Greece and The Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Greece as my spine and supplementing with several books, including D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and Evan-Moor History Pockets, Ancient Greece

Science:  Apologia Astronomy with siblings. I bought the science kit from Creation Sensation where all the materials for each of the science experiments in Apologia Astronomy are boxed up and mailed to your door.  I also purchased an Astronomy Notebooking Journal for my children to use and fill out.

Latin:  Latina Christina I with siblings.

Spanish: will be taught by a friend of mine who is fluent in Spanish

Map Skills: Maps, Charts, Graphs, Level F 

Art:  Each Friday afternoon with siblings.  I hope to continue with the Mark Kistler online art classes that my children enjoy alot and then every other Friday do the Meet the Masters art program that is also online.

Typing:  Typing Instructor for Kids

PE:  recreation soccer in the Fall and Spring

Music:  weekly piano lessons with a friend of ours who teaches piano

Curriculum for Cupcake #2, 4th grade son

Handwriting: Cursive Writing Skills for Left-Handed Students

Daily Oral Language/Grammar:  Language of God, Level C 

Religion:  Faith and Life (Jesus Our Guide), The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No.1,  work on earning the Religious Emblem for Boy Scouts

Math: continue with Right Start Math, Level C

Spelling:  continue with All About Spelling, Level 3/ My Catholic Speller, Level C

Reading: continue with Pathway Readers

Writing: Writing Tales Level One

History: see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

Science: see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

Latin:  see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

Spanish: see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

Map Skills: Maps, Charts, Graphs, Level D

Art:  see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

PE:  recreation soccer team in the Fall and Spring

Music:  weekly piano lessons with a friend of ours who teaches piano

Our son will continue to be involved in his local Boy Scout Pack.

Curriculum for Cupcake #3, 2nd grade daughter

Handwriting: Catholic Heritage Handwriting Series, Level 2: Finding the Way

Daily Oral Language/Grammar:  Rod and Staff, Preparing to Build, English 2

Religion:  Faith and Life (Jesus Our Life)First Communion Catechism, other First Reconciliation and First Communion lessons and resources to prepare for these sacraments in the Spring.  I plan to do a First Communion scrapbook with my daughter like I did with my older 2 children before they received First Communion.

Math: continue with Math U See, Alpha and then Beta

Spelling:  My Catholic Speller, Level A

Reading:  Pathway Readers

Writing:  WriteShop Primary

History: see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

Science: see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

Latin:  see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

Spanish: see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

Map Skills:  Maps, Charts, Graphs, Level B

Art:  see Cupcake #1 Curriculum

PE:  recreation soccer team in the Fall and Spring

Music:  weekly piano lessons with a friend of ours who teaches piano

For Cupcake #4, Pre-K, age 3 1/2 daughter

In my "spare" time, (Ha!Ha!), I might get around to teaching my 3 year old a free program I found on the computer called Brightly Beaming Steps to Reading Program, Preparatory Curriculum

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Looks like a good year. Teaching Textbooks is what we may move to if Rightstart doesn't continue to work. I'm slowing it down this year so I am hoping that will work. We'll see...

Melissa N. said...

Girl you are so ahead of me...I have to get on the ball....So glad you are enjoying the book. We use it every day!

Unknown said...

looks wonderful - have fun :)

Unknown said...

It looks like you are going to have a great year!

Mary said...

Looks like a fabulous line up! Have fun!

Like like a full schedule:) I don't know how you do it with 4 children I can barely keep up with two:) Voted for you today:)

Sharla said...

I am still finalizing what we are going to use this year and I am not nearly as organized as you are, but I really enjoy reading about what works for others and getting ideas. Thanks!

I have made worksheets for St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism No. 1 & 2. I just typed up their questions from the book (from each end of the chapter). You are welcome to have them. :)

You amaze me. It makes me tired, just reading this. Your children are very, very blessed!

Hi Christine,
We'll see how TT goes this year! Saxon 6/5 last year was not a great experience for anyone last year! Thanks for stopping in!

Hi Melissa,
I wouldn't say I was ahead because I always feel one step behind :) Thanks again for the book, it's a good one!

Hi Kayla!
Thanks! I hope you have a blessed school year as well! :)

Thanks Jen! Hope you have a blessed year as well! :)

Thanks Mary! Have a great year yourself!

Hi Anna-Marie,
It's funny, but I look at homeschool parents of 5, 6, 7,8, etc. children and wonder the same thing, "How do they do it?" One day at a time and tons of grace! :)

HI Sharla,
Yes, I like looking what others are doing also since there is always something new to learn and always a new resource I have never heard of before! Thanks for stopping in!

Hi Amazing Grace!
Thank you, I will be in touch to take you up on your offer! Thanks so much! :)

Hi Diane,
Thanks for your encouraging comment and just so you know, you're not the only one tired ;) Thanks for stopping in! :)

Wow!!! Good luck this next school year. Thanks for the preschool suggestion. I will have to try and use it too!!


HI Renita,
I hope you like the pre-k link. It really does lay it all out for you, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'll do it all :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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