Homeschool, Military

Our 2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum

Well I planned out this year’s curriculum but since I knew potential orders for Germany were inbound, I held off on sharing until I knew for sure…

I really want my children to learn to speak German fluently. The first time I visited Europe I wish I had studied German more and knew I wanted my children to learn German fluently and at least one other language. I am hoping beyond hope there will be space in the preschool in the town we settle in so that Grant and Joshua can attend. I also hope to enroll Ethan in the German elementary school (non-German’s are allowed in on a space-available basis and since we’re moving after school has started we might not get in). The thing I love about German elementary schools is they are only half day, so the boys can learn German in the morning and homeschool in the afternoon.

Ethan is now officially kindergarten age, but academically he is more like 2nd grade level (much higher in reading). Here is the curriculum I originally planned for the boys’, however if they are able to attend the German school I will have to either scale back or spread this curriculum out over two years. We shall see…

Ethan, almost 6:

Math
Math U See: Alpha

English
Modern Curriculum Press Spelling Workout Level A
First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind
Zaner Bloser Cursive Handwriting

History
Story of the World
50 Famous Stories Retold
Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans

Science
Apologia Zoology 1
Zoobooks Magazine

Geography
Which Way USA Magazine
*Will study European geography by traveling to surrounding countries

Art/Music
Artistic Pursuits
Stories of the Great Composers
Character
Child’s Book of Character Building
We Choose Virtues Character Cards
The Bible
The Book of Mormon

Physical Education
Tae Kwon Do (I hope we can find a class there!)
Swim Lessons
Running

Other
Kids Discover Magazine
Dance Mat Typing (would love other suggestions, this one’s kind of annoying…)

Literature Read-Aloud’s
Boxcar children series, Gertrude Chandler Warner
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare, Edith Nesbitt
The Railway Children, Edith Nesbit
Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers
Tanglewood Tales, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
The Door in the Wall, Marguerite De Angeli
Poetry: Walter De La Mare, Eugene Field, James Whitcomb Riley and Christina Rosetti

Joshua, age 4:

Reading/Writing
The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading
More Starfall.com
Kindergarten Scholar Workbook

Math
Math U See: Primer

Geography
Learn to identify states on the map
Magnetic puzzle map

Science
Zootles

Art
Artistic Pursuits

Character
Child’s Book of Character Building
We Choose Virtues Character Cards
The Bible
The Book of Mormon

Physical Education
Tae Kwon Do
Swim Lessons
Running

Grant, almost 3:

Identify all ABCs and learn sounds
Starfall.com
Recognize all shapes

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4 thoughts on “Our 2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum”

  1. Just looked through your temple photos. Absolutely beautiful. And so sweet that you offer to share them without charge. Love your blog.
    hugs,
    Si

  2. Is the curriculum you have listed for your 4 yr. old more for a kindergarten or pre-k level? I am trying to teach my preschooler to read and he turns 4 at the end of March. Is there a reading/writing workbook you can recommend? He knows his letters and most of their sounds from Starfall, but he can't sound out words just yet.

  3. Hi Bridget, I am considering my 4 year old as Kindergarten since he's starting to read and do math. I really like the Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. It provides lists of words that the kids can sound out as well as simple sentences using those words. I also print out the books on starfall for them to read as well as the bookmarks, certificates and supplemental activities. Keep him doing the Learn to Read section of starfall, it really helps them learn to sound out because they hear the words as they're highlighted and if you subscribe to more starfall they have Word Machines which is awesome at sounding out 3 letter words. We also use fridge phonics and bob books. It takes a while to put them together but the more you read and sound out words with him the more he'll understand. Good luck!

  4. I am planning on signing up for more Starfall. Love that website. We have the fridge phonics, but he just puts any letter in and doesn't really “get it.” Thanks!

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