Monday, August 5, 2013

Not-Back-To-School–2013-2014 Curriculum

Curriculum Week in the 2013 Not Back to School Blog Hop

Yikes! It’s August! We’ve been so busy working on our summer bucket list that it’s left me little time for blogging. Okay, that and a few other major projects :-) One of those is planning out this coming school year for my two olders: trying to figure out what school will look like with a 2nd grader, a pre-k 4 y.o., and my cute mischievous baby-pants. 2013-08-02 Shane using computer (3)

I think I’ve finally nailed down what curriculum we’ll be using, at least. I don’t have a weekly/daily schedule figured out yet, and I will, but it’s tricky, ya know?

ANYway, here’s the current plan, subject to change if there are parts that aren’t working.

2nd Grade

  • History: Story of the World Year 2 including activity guide and student pages. We will not be using the tests this time around. Probably when we come back for cycle 2, then I will be very glad to have them :) Our history curriculum from the last two years left me feeling overwhelmed and like I was doing too much work to get everything ready, especially for how much I paid for the whole thing. SotW looks so much more complete and the text is really enjoyable to read/listen to for all of us.  I’ve started a pinterest board for all the great ideas I’m coming across too, so check it out here.


  • Math: Math U See Beta. We’ll be sticking with Math-U-See for the long run unless it is stops working for us. I’ll be interested to see if it works for Nate too, but it works just fine for Kahlen, yay! Here’s a few pins about math too.


  • Spelling/Reading: All About Spelling 3 / All About Reading 3 . We’re only about halfway through AAS /AAR 2, which we started mid-year last year and have been steadily plugging along all summer. I made a nice little spreadsheet for myself that correlates the lessons from AAS 2 and AAR 2 because a lot of the teaching is either exactly or very close to the same. This has saved me time because I’m not repeat teaching everything, yay! If you are currently using AAS 2 & AAR 2, and would like my spreadsheet, please email me as I don’t want to impinge on proprietary information by posting it :) Since AAR 3 isn’t scheduled to come out until late this year, we’re not really in a hurry to finish level 2.


  • Science: Apologia Astronomy with Junior Notebooking Journal. We have really loved going through Human Anatomy and Physiology and are looking forward to another year of study. I think Nate will be joining us more with this one too, because of his interest and his age. No notebook for him, though, that’s just too much! More pinterest love here.


  • Language Arts: First Language Lessons 2 / Writing with Ease 2 Workbook. We are super close to finishing First Language Lessons 1, and we’re just going to roll right into the next book. I’ll be interested to see how WWE goes, I think she’s going to really like it…most days. She wants to be an author/illustrator when she grows up, so I’ll be reminding her of that when we have to do writing exercises :-)


  • The Fun Stuff: Draw Write Now / ARTistic Pursuits / Handwriting without Tears. I like Draw Write Now because I can easily just tell her to do a page, and she does. It’s good practice for all kinds of things: drawing, writing, following step-by-step instructions, completing an assignment independently. She’s worked through almost two of the books already. I have her go through them in a chronological manner, but you really could do the pictures however you want. Also, Carissa over at 1+1+1=1 has started making some great printables to go with these books if you’re thinking of using them for a younger student or a reluctant writer. For Art, we’re working through the ARTistic Pursuits early elementary books. We’re still in book 1, but when we that, then we'll just move on to the second book. As for handwriting, we’re still working through the Handwriting Without Tears books because she requests them, yay! Also another good thing she can do independently. This is also an add-on thing and not something that I’m really stuck on her completing.


  • Enrichment: After thinking about it and praying about it, we’ve decided to enroll Kahlen in the LEAP program through the local school district. She’ll be going to school once a week for a full day. She gets to take cooking, puppeting, Spanish, PE, artistic design, and a book club. She’s very excited! I’ll be glad to have a day with just the boys, but I’ll miss her.



  • Primary Curriculum: My Father’s World Kindergarten – God’s Creation from A to Z. While I am not into over-schooling your young children AND I realize this is a kindergarten curriculum, I still feel like this will be a good match. We’ll be doing this the “lite” way, not doing every single thing. I chose this curriculum because I’ve heard good things about it as far as having it all laid out for me, which is just what I wanted! It incorporates all the areas that I wanted to have him “study” anyway, such as letter formation, letter sounds, sight words, math, fun projects, and character traits/key truths from the Bible as appropriate to this age. I got a used copy of the first edition teacher’s manual, but it isn’t as polished as the current version, so I found some great resources and put them on, you guessed it, pinterest!
  • Handwriting: I am going to start going through Handwriting Without Tears’ My First School Book with him, but we’re going to go at his pace, which I have no idea what that will be yet. I want him to start taking an interest in writing, but not hate it, so we’ll just play it by ear.
  • Fun Stuff: We’ll keep doing busy bags and possibly add in some All By Myself boxes or some sensory bin stuff.
Tiny Tot School

Going to try and mostly do school while Mr. Baby-Pants is napping, but I don’t know how long his morning nap will last. So when needed, I’m hoping that he will be entertained by sensory bins, play dough, and maybe a few other ideas from my tiny tot school board. I’m also trying to be better about reading to him. It’s hard with the third one! I used to read to Kahlen every time I put her down to sleep, but with Shane, I sing him a song because it’s faster, oops.


Whew! That’s what I have so far. I’m hoping it all works out, at least mostly. What are your plans for this year? Come link up with me and read what others are doing here.

See you next week for School Room Week! And stay tuned for this month’s menu plan also.


1 comment:

Jade said...

This sounds like a great selection of activities for the upcoming year :-) My 2.5yr old is in the middle of doing some basic worksheets (just to colour and trace) then we'll be doing similar for her Tot School/Preschool - basically the Animal Alphabet from 1+1+1=1) xx Oh and PS - I tend to sing to my daughter at bed time too, it really IS quicker and sometimes you just NEED them to go to sleep already haha

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