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!


  1. Stopping by to wish you and your family a great school year from Weekly Wrap-up!

  2. Boy you are gonna have some fun this year...especially with the little ones tramping through the room.

  3. Looks like fun! I'm looking forward to following along with your school posts this year so I know what to expect next year. :)

  4. What fun! It looks like a great year ahead.

  5. I'm so glad you posted this.
    I had been wondering what you were doing this fall. I've ordered all our curriculum.{plan on posting bout it soon} but, i'm undecided on language arts?
    You are certainly going to have an exciting year this fall!!!

    homegrown b.

  6. Love your choices! We are doing ECC and Five in a Row :)

    We officially started "rowing" on today!

    I see you are on the MFW blogroll, too.

    I've had a site change with button coding and wanted to ask everyone to please visit and update the button coding. This will enable you to find the blogroll and other FIAR bloggers.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. We're doing MFW too! First grade for us this year and we're loving it!

  8. We're doing MFW-ECC too!! 4th grade and 2nd grade and my first year homeschooling. We start August 23rd...I found Tamara's blog the other day and now very nice to stop by. I'll have to check out the MFW blogroll too :) Have a blessed day!

  9. Mfw-ecc here too :) Stopping by from the MFW blog roll!

  10. Hey Kattie! We'll be doing ECC this year, as well. And we've also worked Missionary Stories with the Millers into our schedule. :)

    I enjoyed reading your school updates last year. It brought back some sweet memories of 1st grade. I'm looking forward to traveling with you this year as we go through ECC together!

    Blessings to you!


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