August 15, 2012

2012 - 2013 Homeschooling Curriculum Choices

Our family's schooling at home choices for the 2012-2013 school year have been based on the following factors and learning style preferences:
  • Frugality is #1.  With a new baby on the way, it has been imperative that we do this year with as low cost as possible; so we will be using a combination of internet-based (pay by the month of use) curriculums and free resources found online and through the local public library.
  • As much of a "Hands On" learning style as we can muster, with being intentional to plan more field trips this year as well (that are, of course, cost effective).
  • And utilizing as much of the Charlotte Mason Method of learning as possible within our make-shift curriculum.

Selah - age 5 in September

Selah is above a preschool level, not quite ready for Kindergarten yet, but will be by Christmas.  So this year I am combining two curriculums to meet her where she's at currently and allow her to complete Kindergarten by the end of this school year.  
Here's what I'm using -
  • Answers for Preschoolers Curriculum, from Answers in Genesis [dot] org.  We were blessed with this as a "hand-me-down" from a friend of my mother.  :)  With this complete curriculum, you'll be studying the world around you from the viewpoint of the Creator.  Answers for Preschoolers helps students gain the important knowledge that God is the beginning of all things.  It gives them a perspective of the world which can be gained in no other way.  Lessons begin with a Bible concept and flow into activities and academic subjects including:
  1. Social Studies
  2. Language Arts
  3. Phonics
  4. Math
  5. Science
  6. Arts and Crafts
  7. Music
  8. Story Times
  9. Outdoor Excursions
  10. Plus additional exciting activities to further enhance the student lessons. 
  •, a complete internet-based Kindergarten curriculum's lessons of the Step-by-Step Learning Path consist of books, puzzles, games, songs, art activities, and/or printables that relate to a specific topic.  Each lesson offers children several different ways to learn. Subjects Include:
  1. Phonics
  2. Language Arts
  3. Math
  4. Science
  5. Social Studies

Abigail - age 8 in October

Christian Faith Studies
Nature Study
  • Abigail will join in on the outdoor excursions that are apart of Selah's Answers for Preschoolers Curriculum, as well as additional reading on this subject that is age appropriate via books from the local public library.
Art/ Picture Study
Music/ Composer Study
  • Continued learning of music theory and piano lessons via Alfred's Basic Piano Course for Children
  • The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Lavine, as well as additional reading on this subject via books from the local public library.
  • offers a complete internet-based curriculum that includes interactive lessons, printable worksheets, quizzes and chapter tests.  Animated characters present the second grade math lessons in bite sized pieces, at the student's pace. Each chapter builds on the last. Second graders are guided through fractions, order of operations, basic algebra, metrics, spatial sense, graphing and probability using interactive prompts and funny stories to bring the lessons to life.
Language Arts & Reading
  •'s language arts, complete internet-based curriculum, is organized into two large sections: Language Arts and Language Arts Extensions.  The language arts section contains numerous learning activities that are primarily based on phonics, fluency, and comprehension. Language arts extensions is a component of the complete language arts curriculum. It contains a variety of chapters made up of several activities, worksheets, quizzes and chapter tests. Each chapter starts with a story that introduces vocabulary, develops reading skills and enhances phonemic awareness. Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, second graders will learn to generate ideas, demonstrate comprehension of a theme, create graphic organizers and write a diary entry.
  • Reading - Emerging readers classic titles that may be, but not limited to, these titles found here.
  •'s partial science curriculum will supplement as visually interactive additions, as well as providing quizzes and chapter tests, to additional reading and experiments via books from the local public library on these subjects: 
  1. Patterns in Nature -Students will learn the steps in the life cycle, the food chain, pond habitat, wetland habitat, and ocean habitat. Lessons will focus on the different characteristics of the different types of animals in each habitat.
  2. Force and Motion - Students learn about magnetism and the law of magnetic attraction, and apply these to real life objects.
  3. Earth and Space - Students learn about the objects in our sky, their orbits, and their characteristics.
  •'s partial social studies curriculum will supplement as visually interactive additions, as well as providing quizzes and chapter tests, to additional reading via books from the local public library on these subjects:
  1. Wants and Needs - Students learn about the basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter and how these needs are met.
  2. Earth Science - Students learn about using maps to locate the United States as well as individual states. Map symbols, use of globes, and cardinal directions are taught.
  3. Contributions to Science - Students learn about historic places, the symbols, icons, buildings, and holidays that represent American beliefs and principles.
  4. The Surface of the Earth - Students learn about the different types of jobs in the home, school, and community.
World History - Egyptian Focus
  • Studies via free websites/PDF downloads, encyclopedia, and books from the local public library, like these, however not limited to, following titles found as apart of the Charlotte Mason Method of learning, found in Living Books Curriculum:
  1. Ancient Egyptian Art, Susie Hodge
  2. Mummies Made in Egypt, Aliki
  3. Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Elizabeth Payne
  4. The Egyptology Handbook, Emily Sands
  5. Tut’s Mummy Lost and Found, Judy Donnelly
  6. Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt, Constance N. Baikie
American History
  • Studies via free websites/PDF downloads, encyclopedia, and books from the local public library, like these, however not limited to, following titles found as apart of the Charlotte Mason Method of learning, found in Living Books Curriculum:
  1. American History Stories, Volume 2, Mara L. Pratt
  2. And Then What Happened Paul Revere?, Jean Fritz
  3. Ben and Me, Robert Lawson
  4. Colonial Women, Niki Walker
  5. Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh
  6. A Picture Book George Washington, David Adler
  7. Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
  8. Molly Pitcher: Young patriot, Augusta Stevenson
  9. Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution, Jean Fritz
  10. Tom Jefferson: The third president of the U. S., Helen Monsell

Happy Homeschooling Everyone!  :)

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  1. Rebecca...sounds like it will be a wonderful year of learning. Thank you for sharing at WJIM.

    1. Thank you, sweetie! We are enjoying the new year immensely. :)

  2. this was super informative. i just have one in kindergarten but i like seeing what other moms are doing

    1. Oh, I'm so glad you stopped by, Melissa! It's always SO helpful to glean from others ideas. :) Blessings to you in your homeschooling adventure!

      With joy,

  3. Thanks for the recommendations about Mark Kistler's free art lessons & ESPECIALLY the Visionary Womanhood links! I really love the passports & we'll be incorporating them into our Geography studies as a prayer journal of sorts :) By the way, here's a link to our curriculum choices!

    1. Carron - I know, I flipped out when I found all of that on Visionary Womanhood!! :) Thanks so much!



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