Saturday, June 13, 2009

Curriculum Resources 2009-2010


It's time for my annual post that lays out all the homeschool resources we'll be using in the coming year. I'll have a FIFTH and FIRST grader and FOUR YEAR OLD (yes, I did yell out those grades -- I cannot believe my babies are getting big!). I write this all out in case someone stumbles across the blog who is curious to know what we're using, as well as a record for me. I also use this as my "to do" list so that I can remember what I've entered into Homeschool Tracker.

History (B & L) - Tapestry of Grace Year 1 (this is my affiliate link)
Literature (B & L) - Tapestry of Grace Year 1
Bible (B & L) - Tapestry of Grace Year 1
Geography (B & L) - Tapestry of Grace Year 1
Art Appreciation (B & L) - Tapestry of Grace Year 1
I have one boy reading Upper Grammar books and one boy using Lower Grammar books. Much of Ben's work will be done on his own, with weekly accountability meetings with me and then a weekly test ( I wrote about how we decided to do this and what it involves here)

Ben (10):
Grammar - Growing with Grammar 5, editing workbooks
Writing - Institute for Excellence in Writing Ancient History based themed writing lessons.
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5.
Math - Singapore Math 4B & Intensive Practice workbooks; moving on as mastery occurs
Latin - Lively Latin Big Book 1 (We've been using this for 1 1/2 years -- I don't know if we'll *ever* finish this.)
Critical Thinking - Building Thinking Skills, Reading Detective, Revenge of the Riddle Spiders (something we had this year, but I didn't remember to use it).
Science - Sonlight Science 4

Luke (6-7):
Phonics - All About Spelling, Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading
Grammar: I am going to hold off on grammar for the first part of the year; Luke really needs to spend time getting reading down, so that is where our energies will be spent. After that, we can consider First Language Lessons.
Writing/Handwriting: Reason for Handwriting & copywork
Math: Singapore Math 1A
Critical Thinking: I cannot remember what I have for Luke....but I have something in my stash.
Science - Sonlight Science 1

Levi (3-4):
I have a variety of workbooks for him. He is the best colorer in the world (my world at least), and he loves to cut paper, too. He wants to do his own science experiments ("Mom, I wan to do a science esperiment with a rubber band and a string. Can we do this now?"), so I know he'll enjoy sitting in with us when we do both Luke's projects.

Comments: I have received the new SL sciences and love the look of them. It has been a *long time* since we've used SL for science and I'm happy to be able to rely completely on their schedule and well selected books this year. My thoughts on science have evolved over the past four years (Ben's grammar year rotation), and I am at peace with the fact that the experiments for Luke do not coordinate with readings. Rather, I'm pleased that he is going to be exposed to a variety of topics and materials and am looking forward to the joy of the discovery of God's world with both boys.


Unknown said...

Looks like a good plan. I've heard a lot of good things about Tapestry. I have all boys, too! Hope you have a great year.

Dustine said...

We're using Institute for Excellence in Writing this year too. This will be our first year with this but, from what I've read it will be really helpful to us.
I love living books as well~I know you will be reading many through Tapestry.

Tracy said...

We are starting IEW this year too!

Anonymous said...

I've heard good things about Tapestry. Might look into that some year.

Jenn said...

I have a friend who uses the TOG curriculum and LOVES it. I should probably read up more on it!! Sounds like you have a great year ahead of you!

Darcy @ m3b said...

I invested in IEW last year - and i'm still holding out on TOG. I'll have to stay tuned to see how it works out for your boys. :)

Thanks for participating in the NBTS Blog Hop!

Robin E. said...

I came back to Sonlight Science after years away this year too. I love the changes they made with this year's revision. We are loving Science 5 and Science K.

Thank you for sharing. I am really enjoying this Not Back to School Blog Hop.

l said...

Glad to find your blog! I am embarking on the first year of homeschooling w/ all boys- almost exactly the same age as yours. We are also using Tapestry of Grace. Looking forward to sharing on this journey.