Crammed into the holes of my swiss cheese brain are lists and lists of books to buy for the new year. And since we don’t begin until September, I’m in the phase of buying.
Oh my stars, the sweet click sound of the “Add To Cart button.”
But better than the buying is the OPENING. I buy in small groups and they almost never ship together so the UPS man is a frequent visitor these days. I almost feel like I should make him some lemonade or chocolate chip cookies. I mean, why not? The package he brings just made MY day. ; )
Opening the box is like Christmas morning. Riiip, tearrrr, swish…. *inhale the smell of new books, sigh contentedly* It’s a wonderful thing. The smell of a new book. It’s the smell of potential, and knowledge ready to be gleaned from the pages promising to turn my children into super geniuses. Or something like that. But I digress.
Back to the books.
I have lists and lists of books. Some from curriculum we’ve used before, some new things, everything eagerly anticipated. So without further ado I give you our curriculum list for the 2011-2012 school year (and then I’m going to tell you some of my “Must Haves” so stick around to the end– or at the very least skim down to that part if you get bored reading the curriculum list! I won’t tell if you don’t tell.) ; )
Starred items are items that we used before and are continuing in that curriculum but feel free to ask questions about anything!
- Memorization – Charlotte Mason Method*
- Personal Bible Study – various resources in our morning basket.
- Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) — Biblical Worldview of God and Truth (What We Believe, Volume 1)
Updated: I originally had a different route in mind for this but after receiving the Who is God curriculum to use and review I’ve definitely decided to go with this instead. I’m excited!
- Mystery of History Vol 2: Early Church and Middle Ages*
- History Through the Ages Timeline Figures Resurrection to Revolution (History Through The Ages)*
- Notebooking Pages by Daisy at “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” (She also has a MOH Vol 2 Resource Page.)
- Literature relevant to this time period. (Here’s a link to a book list for Mystery of History Vol. 2.)
- Literature relevant to elementary geography skills. (Here’s a link to a book list for geography.)
- Apologia: Exploring Creation Human Anatomy*
- Exploring Creation Human Anatomy Notebooking Journal*
- Junior Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Apologia Anatomy & Physiology Lab Kit
- Coordinating Science Readers for the Kindergartner (A book list coming soon.)
- Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar
- N. Wilson’s Our Mother Tongue Answer Key edition (Our Mother Tongue: A Guide to English Grammar (Answer Key)
- Writing Strands Level 3 (Writing Strands Ser)
- Evaluating Writing (Writing Strands)(a teacher book.)
We’ve ordered and received these already, they’re new but I love them already! I hope that we still love it after we get into it and start doing it!
- God and the History of Art
- The Usborne Book of Drawing, Doodling and Coloring
- The Usborne Art Treasury
I’m thinking about adding some intentional character training to our school day.
- Polished Cornerstones (Girls)
- Plants Grown Up (Boys – debating if I should get this for this year or begin next year.)
- Sticky Situations 2: 365 Devotions for Elementary Kids (we already have this, so I figure we should go ahead and use it instead of buying something else.)
Teaching Little Fingers to Play: A Book for the Earliest Beginner over the summer and then:
- Bastien Piano Basics: Piano Primer Level
- Bastien Piano Basics: Theory Primer Level
- Bastien Piano Basics: Technic Primer Level
- Bastien Piano Basics: Performance Primer Level
- Books about nutrition and health and taking care of your body (Book list coming soon.)
- 2-3rd grade Discovering Physical Education Activity Workbook (won this, I’ll let you know what I think!)
- Nickelodeon Fit for Wii
Princess, Age 11, Grade 6/7:
- Words on the Vine: 36 Vocabulary Units on Root Words (The 100+ Series)
- Reading Detective A1: Using Higher-Order Thinking to Improve Reading Comprehension (Grades 5-6)
- Spelling: Lots and lots of reading and writing. I decided to skip extra spelling curriculum in lieu of LOTS of these two.
- Teaching Textbooks 7*
Drama Queen, Age 8, Grade 3:
Vocabulary (Spectrum)* (Decided not to add this after looking through it at a store and looking through the Mother Tongue book when it came in.
- Reading Detective: Beginning, Using Higher-Order Thinking Skills to Improve Reading Comprehension (Grades 3-4)
- Spectrum Spelling, Grade 3 (McGraw-Hill Learning Materials Spectrum)*
- Horizons Math 3*
Little Prince, Age 5, Grade K:
- All the preschool workbooks and activity books we already have on hand and then…
- A Reason For Handwriting, Kindergarten: Kindergarten Student Workbook*
- Brain Quest Workbook: Kindergarten*
- Well Planned Day* teacher planner
- Desk Apprentice Rotating Desk Organizer (with a organizing/planning system similar to this post from The Kelley Eight.)
- Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families
- A Biblical Home Education: Building Your Homeschool on the Foundation of God’s Word
- Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series
- Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends (For mom AND kids.)
- For Instruction in Righteousness: A Topical Reference Guide for Biblical Child-Training
I know that’s a lot of stuff!! I’m purchasing the necessary stuff first and then going back to add in supplemental learning. And this year I added a list for me, because, let’s face it — I need to be studying, too! This whole parenting thing (and while homeschooling) is getting more “interesting” you know??
When I look at this list I feel like we’re going to be doing school 24/7 but I know we’re not. The science and history are done on alternating days, art and music share a ‘time slot’ as well, and all the language arts pieces work together so that we’re focusing on different aspects each day. I just remind myself that there’s no need to hyperventilate, no need to hyperventilate, no need to hyperventilate!
I’ve already received my Well Planned Day Planner and my Desk Apprentice rotating organizer and have begun lesson planning the new curriculum as I receive it. If I get to a point where I feel like we’re full up on something then I’ll stop there and not order any other supplemental practice. (I already nixed the idea of needing an ‘extra practice’ grammar workbook after receiving and looking through Our Mother Tongue and knowing that I can print online grammar sheets on specific skills if the need arises.) So it’s all good. There will be no short-circuiting of any brains here. ; )
Speaking of the planner and the organizer… both of those definitely belong on my “Must Have” list! Well, the organizer is new, but DUDE it is awesome. =)
Amber’s 2011-2012 Must Have List
- Well Planned Day planner.
- Curriculum: Apologia science, Mystery of History, Teaching Textbooks
- Printer/Copier — a BIG must have.
- 3 hole punch and lots of 3 ring binders (for printing freebies, holding copies, and collecting finished schoolwork.)
- Scotch self-laminating sheets (one of these days I’m going to add “laminator” to this list but until then…)
- CD binder to hold all of our educational cd’s (toss the plastic cases!)
- Our dry erase board.
- Camera – capture those memories!
- Lots of hugs and kisses (they need those, too!)
- Lots of prayer (we ALL need that!)
Share your curriculum plan, new things you’re trying, your tried and trues, or even just a list of ‘must have’ items for this year. Link up a post you’ve already written if you’ve got one.. that’s okay!
P.S. – If you missed it, you can still link up with Week One’s post about your school and your students!