I had a commenter point out I do not list our curriculum in my sidebars here on the blog. I know it could be helpful if I did, but I have avoided that on purpose. The main reason being our curriculum this year is our “basic plan”. Being a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew this year means we are receiving different products to use and review all year long. We decided when the year started that we would willingly set aside our curriculum as needed to try review items. For those who are curious I will share our curriculum plans for the year.
Makayla age 8, Grade 3:
Science – Apologia’s Zoology 3 Exploring Creation with Land Animals of the Sixth Day. Also a unit study + lapbook here and there.
Geography/History – Star Spangled States book and workbook. Also a unit study + lapbook here and there.
Spelling – All About Spelling Level One (finished already) Level Two ( working through this) Level Three (after we finish level two).
Writing – Originally I was creating our own assignments. We reviewed Write with the Best Volume One and loved it, so we are using that for the rest of the year. Except this October and November Makayla and I are participating in national Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). We also do grammar practice with Mad Libs for fun.
Art – Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book One This has been a great fit for my family. Each week we have a piece of artwork to study and learn from, then we create our own art. All the kids from Daniel on up like this one.
Health – Unit studies I’ll create was the original plan. God provided Nutrition 101 through the Crew to review, so we’ll use it for health instead.
Reading – This is chosen as we go, no real curriculum needed.
Music – We learn a new song each week, Makayla participates in a music class at church weekly, and I have plans for a lapbook about instruments in the orchestra later this year. We received The Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers to review as well and it is a perfect compliment to our music education. I’m hoping to be more diligent in teaching Makayla piano starting in January.
Games – We play a variety of board and card games with all the kids, and they love playing with each other too.
Joseph just turned 5 and Emma will be turning 4. They participate in a lot of the above curriculum. (Especially art, music, science, reading, and games.) They also have the following:
Phonics – Rocket Phonics was a review item that they ask to do every day. We love Rocket Phonics!
Math – Funtastic Frogs. I own many of the books that accompany these great manipulatives.
Handwriting – no curriculum, just lots of practice.
Fun-Sheets – Worksheets, activities, printables, and lapbooks from various sources.
We also like to do a unit study when some new interest comes along. We are currently in a Rocks unit study.
There you have it. That is our basic plan. We work through this every week with our workboxes, but some weeks we drop one or more items from this list to try out a new review product.