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Monday, August 2, 2010

Finalized - wish I could use that word!

Over at Heart of the Matter, they are having a "Not Back to School Blog Hop" where everyone is posting their curriculum for this school year. From what I have been seeing, it looks like everyone has there full year planned out. Sure things might change, but a basic road map has been laid out. And here I felt pretty good that I had through Christmas pulled together. So, without further hesitation, here IS the curriculum we've got lined up:

Math ~ Math U See:
Thing One: wrap up Delta and move on to Epsilon
Thing Two: wrap up Alpha and then onto Beta

Language Arts ~ this is from Queens Homeschooling Supply and the boys seem to be doing well with it so far (I'm excited because this is the first LA program where the boys are excited about it. The lessons are short, to the point, and easy to grasp. I've already had Thing Two looking through books for silent E words after finishing his lesson).
Thing One: Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 2
Thing Two: Language Lessons for Little Ones 3

Spelling ~ Sequential Spelling for both of them (still need to figure out where Thing One is in the books, Thing Two will start at the beginning)

History ~ we're using Mystery of History vol 1. We started it mid year last school year, so we're still working through this one. We'll move onto volume 2 when the time comes.

Unit Studies ~ Lined up so far, and carrying us through Christmas or into January:

Five in a Row & Beyond Five in a Row
~ various titles I'll pick in the Spring

Science ~ both boys love science. We've got a few books for various science projects. We'll use those or Google for more.

Bible Studies ~ we actually do a lot around here for that. We've been working through "Training Hearts, Teaching Minds" by Starr Meade over the last few months, reading the boys bibles before bed, and during the school day, we'll be adding "An Honorable Boy - A Bible Study for Elementary Aged Boys" (one for each boy).

Co-op ~
Thing One: Dangerous Boys and Cooking
Thing Two: Free Play and Galloping the Globe

Field Trips ~
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Cedar Creek Reenactment
Plays at George Mason University
Possible trip to Jamestown, VA

When written out like this, it seems like a lot of school stuff. Amazingly, with 11 days under our belt for 2010/2011 it's not to overwhelming.

Happy Schooling,

P.S. Forgot to mention (and know it is posted elsewhere), but Thing One is in 5th Grade and Thing Two is in 2nd grade.


  1. Stopping by from the Not Back To School Blog Hop ... I will be doing Five In A Row (for the 3rd time) with my Kindergartner this year. Love all your Unit Studies! We love to do those around the holidays. We have also used Queen Homeschools Language program - I feel it is very well written.

    Have a great school year!


  2. It looks like a fabulous year, right down to the field trips. We go to Jamestown or Williamsburg at least once a year, since they're so close.

  3. Hi! I'm here from the Not Back-to-School blog hop. :)

    You're right, it DOES look like a lot all written out like that. Seems like you have a lot of great ideas in place. We're Math-U-See fans, too!

    Your field trips look wonderful... my sister used to live outside of DC (in fact, she did her Master's at George Mason) and I miss traveling there a few times a year. Enjoy those plays!

    Have a great year!

  4. Looks like a great plan, glad to hear it's working well so far. Good luck! :)

  5. We'll be using Language Lessons from Queen Homeschool too this year. It's our first time using it and I was looking for something 'boy friendly'.

  6. We'll be using Language Lessons from Queen Homeschool too this year. It's our first time using it. I had been looking for something 'boy friendly'.

  7. Sounds like a great year. If my budget had just been a little bit bigger I would have gone with Queen's Language Lessons for my two little boys, but I already had a couple lower level LA options that I had used with my older kids, so I decided against it at the last moment. The books are beautiful.

    Anyway, I rambled. Thank you for sharing on the NOT Back-to-School blog hop.

  8. We also love the Language Lessons series from Queen's Homeschool and my daughter adores her Sequential Spelling. It is the only spelling program that has worked with her. :)

    Good luck on your new school year!

    Hannah (#196 on the Blog Hop)