Homeschool Curriculum

Posted on March 3, 2009. Filed under: Homeschool |

I said earlier that I would post the 1st grade curriculum we are using this year, along with the prospective curriculum I have put together for next year, so here they are:

First grade:

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Bauer and Jessie Wise – overall curriculum and homeschooling guidance
Saxon Math 1 – math
Spelling Workout A – spelling
First Language Lesson for the Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise – grammar, supplemented by grammar     worksheets from various online resources
Webster’s Third Collegiate Dictionary – dictionary work (learning alphabetical order and how to look things up)
The Story of the World Volume 1 – history, ancient times
The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia – science
The Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia – science
Green Thumbs by Lauire Carlson – science

art classes and additional science classes through the local homeschool group’s coop program

Second grade:

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Bauer and Jessie Wise – overall curriculum and homeschooling guidance
Singapore Math – math, starting with 1B and hopefully going all the way through 2A and B
Spelling Workout B – spelling
First Language Lesson for the Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise – grammar, supplemented by grammar worksheets from various online resources
Zaner-Bloser Grade 2c Student Book – cursive handwriting
The Story of the World Volume 2 – history, The Middle Ages
Usborne First Encyclopedia of Our World – science, supplemented by experiments from Digging in the dirt: Earth Explorations
Usborne First Encyclopedia of Space – science, supplemented by activities from Spotter’s Guide: The Night Sky

additional classes through homeschool group’s coop program, don’t know yet what will be available

The 2nd grade stuff is still tentative, but I am pretty sure I am going to try Singapore math as I felt Saxon moved to slowly for my son.  It gave a very good foundation, but it was very repetitive and he seemed to get frustrated with doing the same lessons so many times in a row.  I wound up having to set up contests and challenges for him, like how fast he could do the worksheets, to win prizes.  That has kept him interested for a while, but now even his desire for candy isn’t enough to prevent the complaints about how boring they are.

There is a website and forum associated with The Well-Trained Mind, and a lot of the parents there recommend Singapore math for a quick learner, though I’m told you have to supplement with the extra workbooks because (exact opposite of Saxon) they don’t include enough drills with the basic materials.  It is also tons cheaper than Saxon, which is nice since money is tight these days.  (There are things I miss about working full time, and that sweet paycheck is one of the main ones.)

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