Our Curriculum for SY 2011-2012

28 April 2011

Wow...it's already that time of year again. Everyone is busy looking at catalogs, going to homeschool conferences, (or like me) shopping on-line for our curriculum. Well, I am glad to say that we have our curriculum ready for this school year! YAY!

I am always interested in what everyone else is using and their learning styles/methods...it helps me decide by reading their reviews (likes and dislikes)

As with the Charlotte Mason method, most of our curriculum carries over---hence, another reason why I love CM. It does really save on curriculum choices, time, and money!

Okay, here it goes~ A (*) means this subject is to be taught together in a group. We have already started our new school year this last week (started on the 25th of July). So far so good and just really trying to get into the routine of things again.

8th Grade


A Beka Bible Grade 8 (Joshua and Judges Student & Paul’s Mission Journeys)


Life of Fred (Beginning Algebra) [Algebra 1]

A Beka Grammar & Composition II
  • Write Source Book [writing projects]
  • Total Language Plus: various books for Reading Skills

*American History:

History of US series (11 Volumes)
  • American History Timeline Figures [notebooking]
  • 50 States Notebooking (throughout the whole year)
  • Presidents Sticker Book
  • Declaration of Independence Unit Study
  • Geography


Physical Science (Apologia)


Journibles-The 17:18 Series: Proverbs (already started)


Vocabulary From Classical Roots - B


Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology PLUS Notebook Journal (Apologia)

*Foreign Language:

Rosetta Stone Level 1: Latin [going to start this summer]

First Form Latin from Memoria Press

*Finance Class:

Financial Peace Jr. for Kids

Charlotte Mason Staples:

*Nature Study

*Picture Study

*Composer Study

5th Grade


A Beka Bible Grade 8 (Joshua and Judges Student & Paul’s Mission Journeys)


Math U See: Delta (until completed) then start with...

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
  • Write Source Book [writing projects]
  • Total Language Plus: various books for Reading Skills

American History:

History of US series (11 Volumes)
  • American History Timeline Figures [notebooking]
  • 50 States Notebooking (throughout the whole year)
  • Presidents Sticker Book
  • Declaration of Independence Unit Study
  • Geography


Journibles-The 17:18 Series: Proverbs (already started)


Vocabulary From Classical Roots - 5


Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology PLUS Jr. Notebook (Apologia)

Foreign Language:

Rosetta Stone Level 1: Latin

First Form Latin from Memoria Press

Finance Class:

Financial Peace Jr. for Kids

Charlotte Mason Staples:

Nature Study

Picture Study

Composer Study

AS YOU WILL NOTICE: Most of the boys curriculum are repeated for group learning. We like this approach and even though some of the curriculum is geared more towards our 8th grader....some of the material will not be required of our 5th grader. Most of our lesson are to be read out loud because both are auditory learners and this approach works well with narration and learning.


READ, READ, READ LIVING BOOKS (together either with me or with his other bubba's)!!!

Alphabet/Early Reading/Sign Language:



Math U See: Primer plus Skip Count CD/ Manipulative's (Blocks)


Hooked on Phonics


  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Seasons
  • Alphabet (Bible Theme)

Various Pre-K and K Computer games

I hope you have a wonderful homeschool year in 2011-2012!!

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Joy said...

Looks like you have an awesome year planned! I am still working on gathering everything we will be using next year. I have a love for books, so it is hard just buying what I know we will use!! :)

Jessica S. said...

Thank you Joy for stopping by!! Yes, I love books too! Most of our stuff is carried over from this year...so not much to the add expense. And a love of our stuff are freebies...

I love the library and my Beautiful Feet Catalog!! :) Love to see your curriculum when you finalize. Thanks.

Melonie said...

Looks like some wonderful things in store! I have been going through our bookshelves & school closet to decide what I'm going to use/do for the new SY as well. I am thinking I am going to go with Oak Meadow for the main part of our curriculum next school year (grades K & 5) but we have a lot of supplemental items as well for subjects not directly covered by them.

The Cast said...

Looks good!

Jessica S. said...

@Melonie: Haven't seen Oak Meadow...but I will look at it! Thanks for sharing and stopping by!

@The Cast: Thank you! We'll start early because we PCS during the next school year!! :/

Stef Layton said...

wow - what a GREAT list ... I'm praying my son stays a 3rd grader forever!

thanks for linking up !!

Mama Kautz said...

How have I not found your blog? Looks like a great line up!

Amber said...

We'll be using the Apologia anatomy as well and I'm so excited. I also love Starfall for my preschooler/Kindergartner. I remember when my oldest was using it. *sniff* Another good one is http://www.progressivephonics.com/, have you seen it? My son cracks up at the silly stories but he feels confident when he's able to read some of the words with me. Confidence in reading is always good, right? Thanks for linking up!

Jessica S. said...

Thank you all for responding! ;) I am in a mad rage to get our homeschool room cleaned..so we can start next week!! ;)

@Amber- I am excited about the Human A & P and yes, I have heard of progressive phonics too. --That looks great too! Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Mary said...

Looks fun! We are wrapping up Apologia Physical Science any day now. We love Appologia.

New follower, via Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers :)

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Wow! Nice, neat books! Looks familiar! LOL I'm also using Hooked on Phonics: Learn to Read with my youngest. He's also finished with Level 1 (Yellow). We'll start the next level in the fall! It's working very well with him! Stopping by to wish you and your family a GREAT school year!

Jessica S. said...

Thank you Mary - I hope my oldest enjoys this year's Science too. We are doing two Apologia Series --- Physical Science and Human A & P!! Thank you for the follow!

Jessica S. said...

@Our Side of the Mountain -- Happy Homeschool Year to you too!! ;) Yes, I am so excited to 'teach' Kindergarten this year!!! I think I have TOO much materials...I had to tell myself to calm down and USE one curriculum.

We will see what works with my 5y/o. :)

Jackie G. said...

It's nice to see what others are doing!
You've done a great job! Hope you have a great 2011/2012!!

Anonymous said...

Lots of great choices! I really enjoying seeing what everyone is using.

Many blessings in your homeschooling year.

Jen @ Gricefully Homeschooling said...

We have a Charlotte Mason Philosophy about homeschooling as well, so I love all of your choices. Happy Homeschooling!

Sally said...

Hi Jessica! I popped over here from HOTM's NOT Back to School Blog Hop and it's so exciting to me to see other moms list their aspirations for their homeschool! And I am diggin' your list! You really had me at the picture of all those books -- makes my heart all of a flutter! This title, Journibles, is new to me -- I plan on checking it out! I do hope you'll head over to see what's going on at our homeschool!
Thank you for sharing and have a blast this year!

Michelle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your curriculum looks great! Have a great year!

amy said...

I love back to school time. Seeing everyone's books makes me happy! Good luck this year :-)

Mary said...

We'll be doing Classical Roots Vocabulary this year too :) Looks like a great line up!

Tristan said...

Stopping in from the blog hop - sounds like another fun year! I have two of the grades you do (5th and K) with a 1st and lots of little ones. We'll be in the middle ages through the reformation this year - yay!

jeana said...

What a fun year! Enjoy!

Jenni said...

Looks like you've got some great resources here picked out. I love Charlotte Mason ideas as well. Just stopping by from the blog hop. Happy Homeschooling!

rowena___. said...

i found your blog thru the HOTM blog hop and i am so inspired by what you've put together! it never occurred to me to include financial planning with my child but now i am going to put that on the agenda--thank you for mentioning it! i wish you and your family a very successful homeschooling year.

Sharla said...

It seems like I am hearing positive things about Apologia Science at every turn and I am leaning towards it for that reason, though I have never actually seen it. How much prep. time does it take for you? How long are the lessons? Is it easily adaptable for multiple ages at once? Any advice you could give me would be appreciated. Thanks!

Jessica S. said...

@Sharla...there isn't a whole lot of prep time if you purchase a lab kit. Otherwise, you have to find the materials yourself. (Hint)there is a pre-made list of materials ready for you and/or use Donnayoung.org (Click on Apologia Science) --even breaks down each book/lessons for you. I do believe it's adaptable for teaching as a group. That's why I do like it. Eventhough I get two different books for my boys...I find them sharing their knowledge with each other. Each lesson is how much you want to read. We usually read 3-4 pages per day; plus go over review questions/projects. Hope this helps! :) Happy Homeschooling. *Some people don't like Apologia -for some reason (content/textbook-like), but we do enjoy it.

Jessica S. said...

@ rowena___. Thank you so much!! I find that in today's world/economy...we must include financial knowledge somehow BEFORE they leave the household. I want to get Dave Ramsey's homeschool curriculum (for next year), but this is a way to get them thinking about the workforce...you don't 'work' you don't get paid. Learn to save, tithe, and spend wisely. :)

MissMOE said...

Looks like a well planned out year. We like Life of Fred at our house also. Enjoy your new school year.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like such a fun year!!!! Best of luck on the start of school!

Dusty said...

We use LHTH too! Looks like you have a great year ahead of you!

Tracy said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. :)

I have thought about the CM method for homeschooling. My friend uses it for her two children. I'm not sure why I never pursued it.

Enjoy your school year!

Tracy @ A Natural Process

Eclectic Education said...

Looks like a great plan! :)


Stacy said...

We're doing Anatomy this year too as a family...looks like it is going be a great study.

Theresa said...

I love your finance class!! That is the only bad thing about this hop...I see so many more things I want to do!!

Best wishes for a fabulous year!

AnnG said...

Looks like an awesome school year! Have fun!

Beloved's Bride said...

It looks like they will have a great year. I have been meaning to check out the title "Little Hands toward Heaven." I think I will do that right now. Thank You.

Rasa said...

Hey Jessica, What do you think of "Balancing the Sword" as a family? the first time I heard of it was on here looking at your blog. I went to check it out and it looks good. I was thinking about what kind of bible study we could do as a family that isn't too mushy and "story time"-like. Something with "substance" but can be discussed with smaller children too...

Also, I love love love Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. My daughter is almost done with it and she is 4 1/2. She loves it! When she completes it, we'll throw her a party (just our immediate family and a couple close friends) and give her her very own KJV! I am so excited! Hahaha.

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