We’re headed into our fifth year of homeschooling – wow! I was reminding the girls that on our first day of homeschooling, when they were Kinder and 1st grade, we started school at 7:30 in the morning because they just couldn’t wait any longer! We don’t get going quite that early in the morning anymore, but we’re still loving learning together at home every day.
Here’s our big list of curriculum and resources for this school year. We certainly don’t use all of these things every day, or even every week. We also spend a good deal of time exploring the girls’ ever-changing interests, so who knows where this year will take us!
Math and Literacy
Delaney (age 9, fourth grade)
- Singapore Math 4A & 4B
- Math games & manipulatives
- Math Journal (Never really did much with this last year, so hoping to get it going this year!)
- Spelling Power (starting at Level D)
- Easy Grammar Grade 4
- Wordly Wise Grade 4
Natalie (age 10/11, fifth grade)
- Teaching Textbooks Math 6
- Math games & manipulatives
- Math Journal
- Spelling Power (starting at Level G)
- Easy Grammar Grade 5
- Wordly Wise Grade 5
- Reading Detective – A1 - Girls loved this program last year, so we’re using it again!
- Copy work for handwriting practice
- Reading fiction & nonfiction – I let the girls choose what to read, although I keep a running list of ideas and make lots of recommendations. This year, we’re also trying out a reading list by genre, so the girls branch out from fantasy books just a bit!
- Poetry – reading & writing
- Journal writing – Focusing on art journaling this year especially
- Real-life writing: letters, lists, signs, etc.
- Writing projects of their choice – stories, family newspaper, joke books, etc.
As of now, I’m not using a specific science curriculum. We’ll be starting the year focusing on the scientific method with simple experiments. Then, we’ll spend some time on a variety of topics that the girls are interested in, including magnets, electricity, animal adaptations, and weather. I think we’ll try to do at least one science-fair type project this year, too.
I’m using these books, along with free resources from the web, for science experiment ideas:
- Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, 3-6
- Hands-on Physical Science Activities for Grades K-6
- Hands-on Life Science Activities for Grades K-6
- Hands-on Earth Science Activities for Grades K-6
- Sciencewise Book 1: Discovering Scientific Process through Problem Solving
Nature journals, outdoor photography
Exploring personal interests
Lots of nonfiction books, field guides, etc.
History and Geography
We ended last year learning about Colonial America, so we’ll continue our study of U.S. history this year, beginning with the American Revolution. We’re going to try Joy Hakim’s A History of US, beginning with Book 3. I also picked up the Student Study Guide that goes with Book 3, so we’ll give that a try, too.
We’ll be reading lots of picture and chapter books about this time period as well. I’ll be sharing their reading list soon! The girls love doing projects, so I’m thinking we’ll end our American Revolution study by creating a newspaper, ABC book, short movie, or something along those lines.
Map skills activities and Daily Geography workbooks
We are using our weekly checklist system again this year, since it continues to be a good fit for all of us.
Hope your school year is off to a great start!
–> Interested in checking out curriculum and resources we used in past years? Here are the links!