Let me begin by saying that I am completely and utterly a curriculum junkie. I search high and low to find the best fit for my kiddos. If something is not working, I’m not afraid to move on to something else. That said, it is nice to have some continuity in our studies so I am happy when we find something that works for us! This year I will be teaching a 4th grade girl, 2nd grade boy, and my middle guy will be a kindergartener! Here are our choices for this years’ studies.
We are continuing with Teaching Textbooks. Some say that Teaching Textbooks is not rigorous enough. However, my kids love it and that is a HUGE plus. We accelerate as needed and supplement with the Key to Fractions series. I feel like we are getting a well-rounded math experience.
We have used New American Cursive before and I’m happy to be continuing on with it. Writing & Rhetoric is new for us and it looks very promising! Spelling You See is also new to us this year.
Latin….oh Latin. We made it through about 3/4 of Prima Latina last year. The kids were not jumping-up-and-down excited for it, but nor did they complain. Funny story. I thought we would try something new this year so I bought School Song Latin 2. I thought it looked more “fun” and that it would bring a little excitement to Latin. Oh boy. NOT a good idea. My seven-year-old was not having it! From our first lesson, he wanted the “other Latin back”. Apparently he loves Mrs. Lowe. Who knew? Lesson learned. Think hard before you mess with something that’s working! So we will finish up Prima Latina before hopefully moving on to Latina Christiana.
We will also continue to read, read, read!
Bible, History, Science and Music
This year, the heart of our curriculum will be My Father’s World – Exploration to 1850. We have yet to “officially” study American History and I am so excited to be using My Father’s World. I am used to piecing together my own curriculum so it will be a big change to have the planning done for me! While I enjoy planning, I’m looking forward to being able to relax a little more on Sundays:-)
Last, but most certainly not least, I have a kindergartener this year! Wow! I’m now officially teaching three. With two more littles underfoot. It should be a busy year! My 5-year-old may tag along a bit with the big two but I felt that he really needed his own curricula. I chose Fruit For Tender Hearts for him.
I think this will be a great year for my K’er! Here is the lowdown on why I chose Fruit for Tender Hearts:
- It has a strong Biblical foundation
- There is an option to teach cursive first – a great writing program is included!
- It schedules some resources that I have already used (and LOVE!) like Explode the Code and Bob Books.
- Like My Father’s World, it is completely scheduled for you…right down to a complete supply list!
That’s all for now! What curriculum are you most excited about using this year?! Anything new and exciting?