Our Homeschooling Curriculum

The Curriculum We Use

Sixth Grade 
Math:  California HSP Math 6 and Daily Math Review
Language Arts:
Reader:  Harcourt Trophies Reader
          Curriculum Guides for Hatchet, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, Maniac           Magee
Read and Understand Poetry, G. 5-6
Vocabulary: 1/3 of Vocabulary Words in Context, 240 Words Every Kid Needs to Know (Grades 5 and 6)
Spelling: Spelling Power
Grammar:  Writer's Express, Great Source
          Daily Language Review
Writing: Writer's Express, Great Source
Science:  Christian Kids Explore Chemistry
Social Studies:  US History  Civil War- World War II
Art:  Art Classes, Teen Photography Curriculum, Wiliamson Kids Can Art Works
Bible:  Family Worship, Morning Devotions
Activities: Swim Lessons, Soccer

Fifth Grade:
Math:  California HSP Math and Daily Math Review
Logic:  Evan-Moor Thinking Skills G. 5-6, Logic Countdown
Language Arts:
Reader: Harcourt Trophies Reader
      Curriculum Guides for A Wrinkle in Time, The Railway Children, Carry On   
      Mr. Bowditch, The Cricket in Times Square, Pollyanna, The Light Princess
Read and Understand Poetry, G.4-5
I focus primarily on the reader and the Evan Moor Poetry--less on the book units.
Vocabulary: Practice Makes Perfect Prefixes and Suffixes, G. 4 and 5
Practice Makes Perfect Dictionary Skills Book
Spelling:  Spelling Power (Autumn), Megawords (Sami)
Grammar:  Writer's Express, Great Source
      Daily Language Review, First Language Lessons (Year 2)
Writing: Writer's Express, Great Source (Autumn); Writing Skills, Book A (Sami) + Writing With Ease, Year 2
Science:  HSP Math 5
Social Studies: US History, Explorers-Civil War/Reconstruction
I use Kid's Guide to American History + History Pockets
Art:  Art Classes and Photography Curriculum written by me
Bible:  Family Worship
Activities:  Swim lessons, soccer, piano/flute lessons     

Fourth Grade:
Math:  California HSP Math and Daily Math Review
Logic:  Evan-Moor Thinking Skills G. 3-4, Logic Countdown

Language Arts:
Reader: Harcourt Trophies Reader
      Curriculum Guides for The Magician's Nephew, A Door in the Wall, 
      The Secret Garden, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Read and Understand Poetry, G.4-5
Vocabulary:  Prefixes and Suffixes, G.3 Practice Makes Perfect
Phonics: Explode the Code
Spelling:  Spelling Power (oldest daughter)
       Megawords and 600 Most Common Words List (using custom Spelling Plan  
       from Third Grade
Grammar:  Write on Track, Great Source
      Daily Language Review
Writing: Write on Track, Great Source
Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears, Evan-Moor Cursive, Online Printable Cursive Worksheets
Science:  Considering God's Creation from Eagle's Wings
Social Studies: Geography (1 qtr), Learn States and Capitals (1 qtr), US Regions Study (1 qtr), Maryland State Report (1 qtr)
Art:  Art Class from See the Light and Photography Curriculum written by me
Bible:  Family Worship
Activities:  Swim lessons, gymnastics, piano lessons       

Third Grade:
Math:  California HSP Math 3 and Daily Math Review
Language Arts:
Reader: Harcourt Trophies
      Curriculum Guides from Veritas Press for Homer Price and Charlotte's Web
      Comprehension Guide for Mr. Popper's Penguins
      Read and Understand Poetry, G.2-3
Phonics: Explode the Code
Spelling:  Spelling Power (oldest daughter)
Custom Plan see: http://lovetopaint.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-phonicsspelling-plan.html  and http://makingthingsstretch.blogspot.com/2013/02/free-spelling-curriculum.html (middle daughter)
Grammar:  Write Away, Great Source
      Daily Language Review
Writing: Write Away, Great Source
Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears, Cursive worksheets from online
Science:  Harcourt Science Grade 3
Social Studies: Harcourt People and Communities
Art:  Co-Op Class
Bible:  Family Worship
Activities:  Swim lessons, Ballet, Piano lessons       


Second Grade:
Math:  HSP Math 2 and Daily Math Review (Evan Moor)
Language Arts:
Reader:  Harcourt Trophies
Phonics:  Phonics Pathways
              Explode the Code
Grammar:  First Language Lessons, Year 2
             Daily Language Review
Writing:  Write Away, Great Source
Handwriting:  Copywork and Printing worksheets from internet
Science:  Harcourt Science
Social Studies:  Harcourt About My Community
Health:  Harcourt Health and Fitness 2
Art:  Art Class videos by See the Light Shine or Art lessons from Kids' Art Works by Williamson Kids Can
Activities:  Gym/Tumbling Class, Swimming lessons (summer), soccer (fall)
Bible:  Mighty Acts of God and Matthew

Eli's sisters do more work since they are older.  As a result, he is doing more work than the girls did in 2nd grade.  I've added daily math facts for him, 240 Words every 1st grader should know (2 pg/day) and then 240 words every 2nd grader should know, a daily writing journal, First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease (both year 2).  


First Grade
Math: HSP Math 1 and Daily Math Review
Language Arts:
Reader:  Harcourt Trophies (there are 5 anthology books for first grade)
Phonics: Phonics Pathways 
             Explode the Code
Reading Comprehension:  
                 Beyond the Code, Harcourt Trophies Practice Workbooks
Writing: Write One (Great Source) first half, Writing With Ease (Peace Hill Press), Write about Me (EPS Books)--second half of the year
Grammar:  First Language Lessons 
                 Daily Language Review
Spelling:  Harcourt Trophies
Health:  Harcourt Health and Fitness
Art:  Adventures in Art 1 by Laura Chapman (Autumn)
Art Works (Williamson Kids Can Book) 
Social Studies:  Harcourt About My World
Science:  Harcourt Grade 1 Science
Handwriting:  Handwriting without Tears (oldest daughter)
Printable Online Handwriting Worksheets
Bible:  The Big Picture Bible Storybook
Church Youth Group


Kindergarten
Math:  HSP Math K/Singapore Math K, begin HSP Math 1
Language Arts:
Reading:  How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
     Bob books and Now I'm Reading Readers (once past lesson 50, read 2/day)
     After 100 EL, I start Phonics Pathways (2 pg/day)
     Explode the Code, Book 1 and 1 1/2 (Eli)
     Harcourt Read-Aloud Anthology 
Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears (Autumn and Sami), Free Printing Workbooks (Eli) from the internet
Writing:  The Writing Spot, Great Source (2003 edition)
Health:  Harcourt Health and Fitness K
Science:  K Investigating Science Workbooks (Eli)--these are older out of print workbooks
Bible:  The Bible Illustrated for Little Children by Ella Lindvall


For Kindergarten since my children are young, I focus on mainly reading and writing--if they can do these proficiently by the end of Kindergarten, first grade is so much easier for them!


PreK 4
Reading:
Phonics:  Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for the Code
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Math:  Developing Math Concepts Bk 1 by Kathy Richardson, HSP Math K
Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears PK
Bible: Read Aloud Bible Stories


PreK 3
Reading:
Phonics: Hooked on Phonics PK and The Letter Factory DVD
Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills:  Slow and Steady Get Me Ready
Read Alouds:  Recommendations from Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt
Math: Counting Activities