First & Fourth Grade in Our Home
Selecting your curriculum and subjects for the year can either be an exciting adventure, or one fraught with questions and anxiety. If you have been homeschooling for years, you might find that you have found your stride and know what works for your children. On the other hand, you might have children that change every year and find yourself having to change pace, and resources, often. If you are at the beginning of your journey as a homeschooler, it can be quite comforting to read about how other families go about exploring subjects. I have found that no matter how many blogs I have read about daily schedules or resource choices, I always find myself feeling inspired after. Therefore, I have decided to share what we are doing this year.
Language Arts: (For my 4th grader)
Institute for Excellence in Writing – Student Writing Intensive Program / Theme Writing Program Institute for Excellence in Writing – Fix -It Grammar (This takes about 10 minutes a day)
First Language Lessons Level 3 (Main Grammar program)
Poetry Appreciation and memorization using these books (Weekly)
Literature- Classics Book Club- 1 Classic book read per month
All the above is for my 4th grader, except for the poetry appreciation and literature – those are for both my 1st grader and 4th grader
Real Science for Kids – Physics (4th grader and 1st grader)
Elemental Science- Sassafras Botany Curriculum (Done independently by my 4th grader)
Nature Study and Nature Journaling (1st and 4th grader involved)
Ancient History: I am creating our own literature based history curriculum. Literature and history are two of my favorite subjects and bringing them together makes each of them come alive that much more. I will be using a few books as non-fiction spines, but the majority of our resources will be historic fiction.
(History will be enjoyed as a family with both my 1st and 4th grader.)
World Cultures and Geography:
As a family, we plan to learn about Africa and South America this year.
Typing – (4th grader) – Keyboarding Without Tears
Knitting (4th grader)
Beginning knitting on a spool (1st grader)
Drawing animals in black and white (4th grader)
Making Sculpey animals and pretend creatures (1st grader)
My daughter will continue with Irish dance and Kung Fu
My son will continue with Kung Fu
My daughter will continue with piano
My son will begin violin
I know, as a list, this might seem long, but in practice, we should be able to complete our school day (academics) by 1:30pm this year. The exception might be on days we have our physics experiments, as I have found experiments to be thoroughly enjoyable after academics and lunch.
Remember, as you set out on your homeschooling adventure this year, either for the first year or for the fifth year, that though it can be comforting to plan, hold on to the comfort that if the plan doesn’t go smoothly or proves to be an uncomfortable fit for this year, you have the freedom toss it out, return curriculum (that you haven’t written in), and try something new. Those of you that are planners like myself, remember the plan is never as important as the peace and happiness of our family and ourselves. If something doesn’t work, even after all that research and planning, toss it out. There are so many options out there, you will find a fit.
Many blessings for your year!