Sunday, September 22, 2013

Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

Now that we've completed 24 days of school.... and we're pretty well settled into our academic routine, here's a peek at the resources we're using this year for 2nd and 3rd grade.

Adam's Math

Adam's Handwriting
Adam's Language Arts Resources
(from bottom to top)
Seton Readers
Hooked on Phonics Grade 2 Kit
Seton English
Scholastic Reading Comprehension
MCP Phonics
Spelling Workout

Ray's Math
Ray's Handwriting

Ray's Language Arts Resources
(from bottom to top)
Seton Readers
Seton Vocabulary
Seton English
Scholastic Reading Comprehension
Spelling Workout

We are still adding to our Liturgical Year Notebooks
We will also be doing our Religious Education work at home... waiting to receive the texts from the parish.
Adam will be celebrating First Reconciliation and First Communion this year.
 We will continue to participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Family Holy Hour.
We attend daily Mass or Adoration at least once a week.
This year we also have a Saint of the Month and Psalm of the Month.
Learning and living our Faith is the CORE of our homeschool!

A Variety of Art Resources
This is our first year using the "Draw Write Now" series.
So far I'm impressed with it.

Here's Ray's first "Draw Write Now" project.
He is really proud of it.
Spanish songs and mini-books

Poetry Books and Binders
We continue to add to their binders each month.
This year our book club is doing a lot of poetry work.

The remainder of the content for our curriculum comes from these books... mostly from the "3rd Grade" edition. It's so awesome to be able to teach the boys together since they are so close in age. Our Music, Art, Science, History, Social Studies, Health, and some of our Language Arts and Literature selections all come from this Core Knowledge series (not to be confused with the Common Core craziness being implemented in the schools).
Over the summer I sort out all of the content/objectives we need to cover.
I divide up the material and make a schedule of what I plan to cover each month in each subject.
(This is in addition to working through the content of our textbooks shown above.)
I make a checklist for each month.
In my planning binder, I have a page for each month.
I check things off as we cover them.
I use library resources and ideas/resources found online to help cover these topics.

My planning binder includes the monthly sheets as well as a weekly sheet (shown above).
I make my own planning sheets so I don't have to continually re-write things on each page.
As you can see, these weekly sheets include spaces for activities and appointments, checklists for daily work, a space for me to write in what content lessons we're covering and the literature we're reading, my dinner plans, and a sidebar where I can keep my running to-do lists, and space to record the liturgical celebrations. This page is actually quite "un-done." I'll try to fill in a picture of a more fully complete page. At the very top I also keep track of how many school days we've completed. This binder really keeps us on track.
The boys are really enjoying having their own checklists this year.
They are able to look at all of the subjects they need to do each day and they have some choices in the order in which they can work. I keep their checklists in plastic sleeves so they can fill them in each week and then just erase them and start over.

In addition to all this, we are participating in a new co-op this year. The boys are really enjoying it so far. It's one morning a week from 9:00-12:00. They both take Music and Gym. Adam also takes a Nature Enrichment class and Ray takes "Aspiring Writers." We'll start our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program next week. The boy will also be taking a World Geography class there.

So that's what we're up to these days! We're working hard and learning a lot!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you are going to have a great year!