Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016 Recap

I can’t believe it, we finished our second year of homeschooling last Friday!

Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016 - Modern Momma Musings

The kids and I are ready for a little break and I feel like we accomplished a lot over the last year.

We started the year with lessons of mostly workbook activities. The kids were not loving school time and were getting extremely frustrated with the amount of workbooks we were using. I felt something wasn’t working and so I started rethinking our plan. I had been feeling a call to use Charlotte Mason’s ideas especially the living books more. And after researching, reading and praying, we made the switch to Ambleside Online after Christmas. I used our Christmas break to rework the schedule for Year One so we could fit it into the last 4 months of our year and be able to start Year Two over the summer (slowly) so that we would get to Year Three sometime next year and be caught up at Year four the following year. Fitting Year One into a few months was a lot of work, but the living books were amazing and the kids were always asking for more which was in complete contrast to the previous few months.

Here is a look at what we used in our second year (first/second grade).

Math

Horizons (First Grade – Mister Man, Second Grade – Little Miss) – beginning of the year

Math-U-See – (Beta) – Second half of the year – this change proved to be one of the best decisions I had made. Mister Man was excelling at math and Sunshine was struggling, so I pulled Sunshine back to help her grasp the concepts better and Mister Man kept excelling. A few weeks after the switch, Sunshine started loving math and was excelling as well! I am so very glad I decided to make this switch!

History

Mystery of History – Volume 2 – This just wasn’t working for us.

Story of the World – Volume 2 – Better but still not what I was looking for.

Living Books

Science

Burgess Bird Book – Loved this book!!!!

Apologia Exploring Creation – Flying Creatures of the Third Day– This was a great reference for the Burgess Bird Book.

Geography

Northeast Study – We went through the states in the Northeast one by one, reading books about each, eating their famous food and locating them on a map.

Paddle to the Sea – We read this and loved it! As we read we mapped Paddle’s journey from Canada, through the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence River eventually to France.

Religion

Finding God

Our Island Saints

Grammar

First Language Lessons – (Level 1 – Mister Man, Level 2 – Sunshine)

Spelling

Spelling Workout – Level B

Writing

Copywork (Bible Verse and from readings)

Handwriting Without Tears – Cursive

Literature

Parables of Nature

Aesops Fables

Just So Stories

Tales From Shakespeare

Blue Fairy Book

James Herroit’s Treasury for Children

Stuart Little

Homer Price

Indian in the Cupboard

Mary Poppins

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

The Family Under the Bridge

A Christmas Carol

White Fang

The Borrowers

Pinocchio

Redwall (AudioBook – from the library)

Poetry

A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson

When We Were Very Young – A. A. Milne

Now We Are Six – A. A. Milne

Ambleside Poetry – Year One

Foreign Language

Song School Latin

Art – Picture Study/Artist Study

Da Vinci

Monet

Art – Drawing/Process

Artistic Pursuits – Book One – Review Coming Soon

Music – Artist Study

Mozart

Beethoven

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