Friday, July 20, 2012

2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

The books are in... so we're ready to go for our second year of homeschooling. Here's what we're planning to use for the 2012-2013 school year:

Tenor is going into 5th grade so he'll be working through
Saxon 6/5 for math

Rod and Staff Building Christian English for grammar
Rod and Staff Spelling 5 for spelling
I Can Master Handwriting (the left-over cursive section from Soprano's book last year) for penmanship
Institute For Excellence in Writing - Ancient History Based Writing Lessons for writing

Spanish 1 for Christian Schools for Spanish

Soprano is going into 3rd grade so she'll be doing
Saxon 3 for math

Rod and Staff Beginning Wisely English for grammar
Rod and Staff Spelling 3 for spelling
A Reason for Handwriting C for penmanship (to learn cursive)

Switched on Schoolhouse Elementary Spanish (the 2nd half of the lessons) and Usborne's First Hundred Words in Spanish for Spanish

Together they'll do My Father's World Creation to the Greeks.
My Father's World incorporates Bible, history, geography, music, and art altogether for multiple grade levels. We loved our work last year doing the first year of the MFW 5-year cycle, Exploring Countries and Cultures, so we're excited to start this year: Creation to the Greeks.

All our MFW books plus extra book basket and resource books
To be sure to fulfill state requirements, we're going to do worksheets and activities from some different resources. These are on mixed levels but I'm going to make 'em work for both Soprano and Tenor.

World Geography for geography reinforcement
Healthy Choices for health
My First Book About Pennsylvania for PA History
and Community Helpers flashcards for civics 

Edited to add: I've been having misgivings about doing an extra geography, PA History, and Health worksheet each week. I don't want to fill our days with extras simply for the state of PA. I want to put our main efforts into our MFW studies and be sure to do as many of the activities as possible. I think I'm going to only schedule half of each book this year. Then we'll finish the 2nd half next year... still fulfilling our requirements but taking off some of the pressure.

The only other things we have to cover are fire safety and phys. ed.  Phys. Ed. will be covered with our co-op and by doing Tae Kwan Do.
We'll be continuing with our homeschool co-op group so they'll each get gym, music/choir, and an elective each semester. Of course, we have fun field trips in mind too like The Science Factory, a reproduction of the biblical tabernacle, Penn Museum, and maybe even the Creation Museum in KY.
It should be good! Let's go....

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  1. First of all, your blog is beautiful.

    Secondly, what a great line up. I love peeking at what others are using.

  2. It's always fun to see what others are using! Hope you have a great year!

  3. We are using MFW too this year and are really excited! Have a great year!


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