Friday, July 22, 2011

Our Curriculum 2011-2012

Well we have successfully completed our first official year of homeschooling.  Now it’s time to plan the next!  So here are our choices:



As our core we will be Exploring Countries and Cultures with My Father’s World.  Typically we would be doing Adventures with My Father’s World for 2nd grade, but we have the opportunity to continue our co-op with my sister and some dear friends. So we are choosing ECC this year and looking forward to it!


We will be traveling the world exploring different countries and their cultures!!!

ECC includes lessons for Bible, history, geography, science, read alouds, art/crafts, cooking, nature study, and music!

Every Thursday our co-op will meet to complete ECC projects, crafts, cooking, geography games, memory verse games, science projects, etc.



Geography supplements we are using: (Since some of the books that came with ECC seem to be to advanced for a second grader, we will be supplementing with more age appropriate books.  We will use the other items in 5 years when we travel with ECC again.)



Some added read aloud resources:

Other supplements:

Math-U-See Beta and Gamma

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Red Book and Readers

All About Spelling Level 2

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Overview Year in addition to I Can Do All Things art book and paint cards.

American Sign Language-  I took 7 classes of ASL in college (which was a VERY long time ago). I pulled out my old resources and am working on word cards to add to our morning board.


So what will little ladybug be working on? 

Well I am throwing a few things together to keep her busy.  She wants to do “school work” and coloring just doesn’t cut it!  If she is not cutting and pasting, then she thinks she isn’t doing “school work!”  So we will be using:

Before Five in A Row-  We will be reading age appropriate books and adding hands on activities that go with the book, such as, lapbooks, cooking, crafts, and games.  Check out Delightful Learning’s great rowing posts!

Learning the letters of the alphabet.  Little Ladybug is working on learning the alphabet song, but that’s as far as we have gotten in this area.  So she will be learning a letter a week, or every two, depending on her readiness to learn.

Animal Play for 2 & 3 year oldsTo do this we will be using Teach Me Joy Animal Play downloadable preschool curriculum.  It is described nicely in this blog post



Added resources: 

Bible Animals (DK My Little Church Books)Go to fullsize image

And Little Lizard will be joining in as we go. 

So for now I am busy planning and setting up a file workbox system.  I am excited that all the planning will be done in advance and everything will be printed and ready to go, week by week.

Check out the details for setting up this great system at Discover Their Gifts. 

You can also check out what others are planning for their 2011-2012 school year here!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Family Scouts Camping Crew



This is my wonderful friend and fellow homeschooling mom, Jess.  She has been a girl scout leader and she had a wonderful idea to start a family scouting group. 



On our first scouting the kids got together to talk about fire safety.  Jess had them make their own food fire, and then of course they got to eat it :)




They enjoyed hanging out around the fire, catching lightening bugs, and making smores.


They also really had a great time camping too!



Monday, July 4, 2011

My Father’s Dragon

This summer I wanted to focus on read alouds with Big Ladybug.  We just completed reading the Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett.  I would have to say we both enjoyed them.  The first book was our favorite, followed by the third book. 

It’s about a boy’s travels to rescue a dragon, the animals they encounter on their way, and their return journey back home.

I found a free lapbook on Homeschool Share that goes with the first book.  It was rather large, so I downsized it and we added a few of our own items.




Any suggestions on what we should read next?

MFW 1st Grade: Week #31 & #32

We had completed MFW 1st grade awhile ago, but I just haven’t had the time to finish the post sitting in my draft folder. 

Here are some pics of what the little ones were up too.

This is Little Lizard doing his button art…..well that is if throwing the buttons on the floor counts :0)


Little Ladybug is picking up on patterns and has fun sorting colors.  She also LOVES bugs, so she really likes this game.



Week 31

Bible:  New Testament stories we read.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.  ~Proverbs 11:30



Big Ladybug loves singing the Veggie Tales song about Zacchaeus, so she was thrilled to learn about him.

I printed this Zacchaeus craft from Danielle’s Placepage 1; page 2055056


The Last Supper



Jesus Shows His Love


She  made a stained glass (crayon/wax paper) cross.



Jesus Is Alive!



Week 32

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.  ~Proverbs 19:21

Jesus Goes Back to Heaven


Resurrection Butterflies


The girls loved their butterfly friends, they played with them for days!  I drew this template, but got the idea from here.


Stephen and Saul


Peter in Jail


New Heaven and New Earth


Our Finished Timeline





Science:  You can check out our 3 week study on plants/flowers here.

Did you know???

  1. Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
  2. Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.