Back to (Home) School 2011, Week 2 ~ Our Curriculum and Must Haves

Howdy, Back to Home Schoolers! Whether you’re already back to school or waiting for August or September, there’s a good chance you’ve got curriculum on the brain. (Or is it just me?)

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.) ; )

2011-2012 Curriculum

Starred items are items that we used before and are continuing in that curriculum but feel free to ask questions about anything!


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!




Language Arts

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!


Character Training

I’m thinking about adding some intentional character training to our school day.


Teaching Little Fingers to Play: A Book for the Earliest Beginner over the summer and then:


Individual Subjects

Princess, Age 11, Grade 6/7:

Drama Queen, Age 8, Grade 3:

Little Prince, Age 5, Grade K:

For Mom:

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

  1. Well Planned Day planner.
  2. Curriculum: Apologia science, Mystery of History, Teaching Textbooks
  3. Printer/Copier — a BIG must have.
  4. 3 hole punch and lots of 3 ring binders (for printing freebies, holding copies, and collecting finished schoolwork.)
  5. Scotch self-laminating sheets (one of these days I’m going to add “laminator” to this list but until then…)
  6. CD binder to hold all of our educational cd’s (toss the plastic cases!)
  7. Our dry erase board.
  8. Camera – capture those memories!
  9. Lots of hugs and kisses (they need those, too!)
  10. 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!

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jessica S. @ Mother of Action
Jessica S. @ Mother of Action
July 10, 2011 11:36 pm

Love your list!! I love the Simply CM scripture memory system too! 😉 Have a wonderful school year — we start soon.

July 11, 2011 9:02 pm

The CM memory system is awesome! I have a terrible time memorizing things but this works!

July 11, 2011 2:36 pm

I have a 10th grader this coming year:

He will do:
-a survey course of Great Christian Writers with books and study guides and papers
-SAT prep vocabulary
-Editor in Chief
-Globe Fearon Pacemaker Geometry
-Globe Biology
-History of US with supplemental workbooks
-Rhetoric (group)
-World Geography (A Beka)
-Guitar and Praise Band
-Apprenticeship at recording studio and music store
-Service projects

July 11, 2011 9:00 pm
Reply to  Vicki

Wow, a tenth grader! That seems so far away and yet SO CLOSE! *insert mini panic here*

July 11, 2011 3:07 pm

Great to see Horizons Math — that is what we do and love it! I’m linking up today. This is a fun idea. At my other blog, Three Thinking Mothers, our topic last week was Must Have Items!

July 11, 2011 8:59 pm
Reply to  Mary

Horizons really works well for our 8 yo, it’s a good fit for her! I did see your Must Have list! You could totally link that up. =)

July 12, 2011 8:03 am

My 2nd grader….wow, can he be that old already…is going to do mostly LIFEPACS this year. I’m starting a new business and my 22yo daughter is going to be doing most of my homeschooling for me! Yeah…that’s awesome, I know! 🙂 We’ll also be doing Shurley 3 and SWR (Spell to Write and Read). FYI, I have an older edition (don’t know if it’s changed much) of Polished Cornerstones that I was just getting ready to list on VegSource. My girls are all grown up now….I think I’m finally done with it…what a blessing of a book that has been!It’s… Read more »

July 13, 2011 10:52 pm
Reply to  Linda

My list makes ME feel tired, too!!! Sure, I’m totally interested in the Polished Cornerstones.. they do have a second edition out now but from what I’ve read the first one is still perfectly good and a wonderful resource. Let me know how much you’re asking for it? =)

July 14, 2011 6:59 pm

Thanks for sharing your list, looks like we like many of the same resources (although with my 4, and 2 year olds I will be quite a bit behind in using them!) Have you used any of the other Apolgia books (especially the elementary ones?) I am thinking of using those in a few years, along with some living books.
Can’t wiat to poke around more on your blog!

July 14, 2011 7:20 pm
Reply to  Shelley

We used Apologia Astronomy last year and really enjoyed it. Even the 5 year old picked up a lot!

Homeschooling 2011 Curriculum | Make A Home Mom
July 24, 2011 9:08 am

[…] homeschooling plans, and would love to hear what you are doing too! I am happy to share this at Classic Housewife, check out all the great posts! You might like: Montessori Education Homeschooling Helps: weekly […]

July 26, 2011 6:55 pm

Nice line up. We use the Charlotte Mason Memory verse system as well.

July 26, 2011 9:31 pm
Reply to  Joelle

I’m enjoying our CM memory verse box! It’s the only thing that’s every worked for me. We’re not adding new verses very quickly, we may have learned a dozen during the last school year. Time to pick it up a few notches I think. =)

Back to (Home) School 2011, Week 2 ~ Our Curriculum and Must Haves … - Home School News for Parents
August 11, 2011 5:07 am

[…] the original post: Back to (Home) School 2011, Week 2 ~ Our Curriculum and Must Haves … This entry is filed under […]

*Not* Back to School Blog Hop, Week 1 A Classic Housewife in a Modern World
January 7, 2013 4:18 pm

[…] it twice. BUT.. I’ve decided that I am, because I’ve made a few changes and tweaks and the other one (listing out every single notebook and workbook) is kind of overwhelming to look at — even for me! So I thought a simplified, updated list […]

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x