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School of Fish: Our Curriculum for 2011-2012

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 31, 2011 @ 11:41 am In Homeschooling | 22 Comments

The next natural step in the Getting Started in Homeschooling [4]series is to share what we’re actually going to be studying this year. I spent a fair amount of time this past month researching the new texts and resources to add to our homeschool this year. Overall, I’m pretty excited about each of these items. May my enthusiasm infect my kids!

Typically, I put together a document similar to this one [5] which lists each child’s name, grade, and course outlines for the year. I keep this in my master homeschool binder so that everything is in one place. Additionally, I photocopy the table of contents of each of their main texts so that I have a record of the topics covered during the year.

This year I also created a grid that maps out every subject and kid [6] so that I can see who overlaps where.

(Versions of the worksheets and planning pages we use are represented in the Homeschooling Add-On Pack available for purchase in the LifeasMOM estore [7].)

Please remember that ours is only one of the many, many ways to approach teaching your kids at home.

Kindergarten

Bible:  The Children’s Illustrated Bible [8] and The Jesus Storybook Bible [9]
Math: Saxon Math K [10]
Science: Exploring Creation with Botany, Apologia [11]
Reading/Spelling: Phonics Pathways [12], Spell to Write and Read [13]
Literature and History: Tapestry of Grace, Year 1 [14], Lower Grammar
Art: Meet the Masters [15]
PE: Swimming and Gymnastics

2nd Grade

Bible:  The Children’s Illustrated Bible [8] and The Jesus Storybook Bible [9]
Math: Saxon Math 2 [16]
Science: Exploring Creation with Botany, Apologia [11]
Reading/Spelling: Spell to Write and Read [13], various early readers
Grammar: First Language Lessons [17]
Literature and History: Tapestry of Grace, Year 1 [14], Lower Grammar
Art: Meet the Masters [15]
PE: Roller blading, Swimming, and Karate

4th Grade

Bible: The New Testament, The Victor Journey through the Bible [18]
Math: Saxon Math 54 [19]
Science: Exploring Creation with Botany, Apologia [11]
Spelling: Spell to Write and Read [13]
Grammar: First Language Lessons [20]
Literature and History: Tapestry of Grace, Year 1 [14], Upper Grammar
Composition: Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons [21]
Foreign Language: L’art de Lire [22] (if it ever arrives from the publisher)
Music: Piano
Art: Meet the Masters [15]
PE: Roller blading, Swimming, and Karate
Computer: Keyboarding with Mavis Beacon [23]

6th Grade

Bible: The New Testament, The Victor Journey through the Bible [18]
Math: Saxon Math 65 [24]
Science: Exploring Creation with Botany, Apologia [11]
Spelling: Apples: Daily Spelling Drills for Secondary Students [25]
Grammar: Fix-It [26], Winston Grammar [27]
Literature and History: Tapestry of Grace, Year 1 [14], Dialectic
Composition: Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons [21]
Foreign Language: Visual Latin [28]
Art: Meet the Masters [15]
PE: Roller blading, Swimming, and Karate
Computer: Keyboarding with Mavis Beacon [23]
Logic: The Fallacy Detective [29]

9th Grade

Bible: The New Testament, The Victor Journey through the Bible [18]
Math: Chalk Dust Algebra 1 [30]
Science: Exploring Creation with Biology + Labs, Apologia [31]
Spelling: Apples: Daily Spelling Drills for Secondary Students [25]
Grammar: Fix-It [26], Winston Grammar [27]
Literature, Art History, and History: Tapestry of Grace, Year 1 [14], Rhetoric
Composition: Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons [21]
Foreign Language: Visual Latin [28]
PE: Roller blading, Swimming, and Karate
Computer: Keyboarding with Mavis Beacon [23]
Logic: The Fallacy Detective [29]

I said it was gonna be a busy year, didn’t I?

About this series - If you’re interested in getting started in homeschooling [4], this is a series recounting our experiences in teaching our children at home, the things that I’ve learned, and some resources I’ve discovered along the way. But this way isn’t the only way. Your mileage may vary. Coming up next time – Affordable Homeschooling.

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To help you organize your homeschool, consider purchasing the Organizing Life as MOM Homeschool Pack [36] which includes a wealth of planning pages for teachers and kids.

Homeschool Pack (updated for 2014) [37]
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[10] Saxon Math K: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=17001

[11] Exploring Creation with Botany, Apologia: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=337002

[12] Phonics Pathways: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=022436

[13] Spell to Write and Read: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=045312

[14] Tapestry of Grace, Year 1: http://www.lampstandbookshelf.com/connect/jrox.php?uid=fishmama_1_bid_11

[15] Meet the Masters: http://www.meetthemasters.com/

[16] Saxon Math 2: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=19600

[17] First Language Lessons: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=339443

[18] The Victor Journey through the Bible: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=63480

[19] Saxon Math 54: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=544543

[20] First Language Lessons: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=412983

[21] Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=986026

[22] L’art de Lire: http://nallenart.com

[23] Keyboarding with Mavis Beacon: http://www.amazon.com/Mavis-Beacon-Teaches-Typing-Deluxe/dp/B0012VKK8I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1313966845&sr=8-4

[24] Saxon Math 65: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=993486

[25] Apples: Daily Spelling Drills for Secondary Students: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=727011

[26] Fix-It: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=986064

[27] Winston Grammar: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=24683

[28] Visual Latin: http://visuallatin.com

[29] The Fallacy Detective: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=531533

[30] Chalk Dust Algebra 1: http://chalkdust.com/

[31] Exploring Creation with Biology + Labs, Apologia: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1156075&item_no=534403

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[34] Math, Science, & Foreign Language – Homeschool Curriculum Ideas for Grammar & Middle School: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/08/math-science-foreign-language-homeschool-curriculum-ideas-for-grammar-middle-school.html

[35] A Preschool Experience at Home: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/08/a-preschool-education-at-home.html

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