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What My Kids Are Learning This Year (2015)

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I frequently get asked about the curriculum choices I make for my kids. As a homeschooler who is short on time (I work full-time from home) but wants the best for her children, we try to artfully blend technology with classical choices.  Here is the listing of courses and resources for each of the 5 kids in my home who are school aged this year:

Kindergarten (My son is reading very basic words and sounding out things phonetically.)
  • Literature: Veritas Press Kindergarten Favorites Course with the following books (Big Brown Bear, Biscuit, The Horse in Harry's Room, Morris the Moose, Sammy the Seal) 
  • Reading/Phonice:
  • Math: (free with subscription)
  • Science: The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess
  • Social Sciences: Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling
  • Bible: Read from the Old and New Testament

Third Grade (My son is a self-taught reader who is reading at a 6th grade level.)

  • We are teaching my 3rd and 4th grade boys with the same materials. One uses the more challenging pieces.

Fourth Grade (My son is a struggling reader. He is still sounding out many words and is doing remedial phonics.)

  • Bible: Old and New Testament stories to read straight from the Bible 
  • History: This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster
  • Geography: Elementary Geography by Charlotte Mason, Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling 
  • Natural History/Science The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock, The Storybook of Science by Jean-Henri Fabre, Developing Critical Thinking Skills Through Science Book 1 (Critical Thinking Company) 
  • Phonics/Reading Instruction/Language: Language Smarts C (CriticalThinking Company)
  • Mathematics: Singapore Math (3C) 
  • Literature • Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink • The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner • Little House on the Prarie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll • Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Illiad by Rosemary Sutcliff • Homer Price by Robert McClaskey • Misty of Chincoteague by Margerite Henry • The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie • Stuart Little by E.B. White
Sixth Grade (My son is at-level for his grade/age.)

Junior in High School

  • Bible/History/Literature: Veritas Press Omnibus III PRIMARY (Self-Study Online Course).  Books covered: Westminster Confession, Pilgrim's Progress, Of Plymouth Plantation, The Social Contract, Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist Papers, A Tale of Two Cities, Reflections on the Revolution in France, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Lincoln Speeches and Writings, The Communist Manifesto, The Great Gatsby, Mein Kampf, 1984 
  • Foreign Language: Latin Alive Series 2 
  • Grammar Instruction/Review: Our Mother Tongue and Beginning Logic/Rhetoric 
  • Mathematics: AO LifePac Math (Geometry) 
  • Literature: Veritas Press Omnibus III SECONDARY. Books covered: Foxe's New Book of Martyrs, Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice, Gulliver's Travels, Benjamin Franklin Autobiography, Autobiography of Charles Finney, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Women, Killer Angels, Christianity and Liberalism, The Old Man and the Sea, Animal Farm, Death of a Salesman, Postmodern Times, How Should We Then Live? 
  • Music: Guitar Lessons from 
  • Science:  Fascinating Education -- Fascinating Biology
Now, of course these are all goals, and we don't expect to complete everything. We will also be schooling throughout the summer.

Are there any on our list that you are using, too?

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