2011-2012 Curriculum Plan

I purchased almost all of my curriculum through Rainbow Resource. After a lot of research, I found their prices to be the best….by far. I feel like this is pretty early to have done. HOWEVER, I really want my summer OFF with no thoughts of school. I have a lot of planning to do and I need time to get it DONE! SO, the tax refund arrived and the shopping began! I am sure there will be tweaks, as usual. I went completely eclectic this year.  I researched a lot of different curriculums, asked a lot of questions, and read a lot of reviews. I spent time praying about it and this is the result.

 

First Grade

Phonics  – Explode the Code

Reading – A beka readers. We were able to borrow tons of these for lots of daily reading.

Spelling – A Reason for Spelling

Penmanship – A Reason for Handwriting

Vocabulary –Wordly Wise

Creative Writing- Just Write

Math –Horizons

Science-Apologia Astronomy

Geography/History- Expedition Earth

Bible & Art – Both are integrated through some of the above curriculums

Sixth Grade

Reading –Unit Studies, one book per quarter and daily reading of their choice.

Vocab/Spelling – Wordly Wise

Grammar –Not Boring Middle School Grammar

Creative Writing- Stack the Deck

Math – Teaching Textbooks

Science-Apologia Astronomy

Geography/History- Monarch, Expedition Earth

Art –Global Art

Bible- Positive Action WISE UP

Seventh Grade

Reading –Unit Studies, one book per quarter and daily reading of their choice.

Vocab/Spelling – Wordly Wise

Grammar –Not Boring Middle School Grammar

Creative Writing- Stack the Deck

Math – Teaching Textbooks

Science-Apologia General Science

Geography/History- Monarch, Expedition Earth

Art –Global Art

Bible- Positive Action WISE UP

 

Other cool things I found:

Track weather and continued calendar practice for my 1st grader with THIS.

My drawing loving 10 year old loves this find.

Clock learning. {apparently I am finding this is well known and common, but since I am new at all of this, this is new to me}

If you want prepackaged science experiment kits that correlate to popular science curriculum, enter your science curriculum in the search box here or here and you will find a box of all the goodies you need without having to gather them all up. This may seem ridiculous to spend money on some of these common household items. However, believe me with 4 kids and a dog running around…this money is well spent. Something as simple as 5 minutes to grab a few things may turn into 15 minutes and ultimately may keep us from doing the experiment after all. Ask me how I know that?

 

We are on the countdown to summer over here! 23 days of school left, curriculum boxes arriving for next year, the classroom getting a makeover to become more functional, we got real LOCKERS from my sis’s old craigslist find, and we will be done by June 2nd so we can spend the summer PLAYING…

Horse camp, robot camp, VBS, musical theatre, soccer, the lake, family get away, slip n slide, and a secret hope that I get to see the ocean this summer…

For now I am living each day with my antihistime Visine in hand, trying to get through spring and these ridiculous central valley allergies. Hurry up summer!

 




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9 Responses to 2011-2012 Curriculum Plan
  1. Marlene
    April 26, 2011 | 5:34 pm

    What is your reasoning for switching from Abeka to Horizons for math and ETC for phonics for 1st grade? I am debating between these options for Kindergarten in the fall and I think your thoughts would be helpful.

  2. cindy
    April 27, 2011 | 6:54 am

    so I read through this entire post and here is what I have to say.
    Horse Camp? Which horse camp and which child? I am thinking of sending Abigail to a horse camp up this way….
    :))

  3. Jenn
    May 8, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    Okay, my 3rd comment in one night (just found your blog & I am trying to soak it all in :).
    I am beginning to homeschool this next year and I LOVE Apologia science. It is amazing. Also, my hubby and I just discovered Switched on Schoolhouse and I almost fell out of my chair. My oldest is in 3rd grade and I can just see him loving math now.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  5. Melissa
    April 26, 2013 | 5:27 pm

    Hi,
    I came across your blog and love it! We are doing a curriuclum this being our first year and I think we might have to change it up a bit. My son is bright and love math and science! He will be going into 6th grade and i was wondering how you like what you picked out for the 6th grade year. Would love to read your review for each subject.
    Thanks!

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