Our Homeschool Picks for 3rd and 5th grades

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The popsicles fill the freezer.  The A/C runs all day.  The mosquitoes are out in full force and the daily afternoon Louisiana rain makes it sticky outside.

It’s summertime!  Sweet summertime!

For most of my life this was the time when I recuperated from a year in the classroom and did not want to even THINK about August.

However, now that I’m homeschooling, this is the time of year when I just can’t help myself from starting to plan for the upcoming school year.

I’ve spent weeks, probably a month, researching curriculum choices and narrowing down our picks.

This will be our third year of homeschooling and I finally feel like I can own this as mine.  It feels like I might know what I’m doing.  (Silent prayers going up.)

So, during our four days at home we will be using these curriculum picks:

My 3rd graders 

Math – Math-U-See Gamma Student Pack (for an Additional Student)

with enrichment added if/as needed, xtra math daily practice

History – Veritas Press – Old Testament and Ancient Egypt

Grammar Shurley English Level 3 Kit

Writing – Classically Cursive Book 2: The Ten Commandments

Reading – Veritas Press book selections and comprehension guides

Handwriting – One will take cursive class at co-op and  Classically Cursive Book 2: The Ten Commandments

Music – Violin lessons for one with private instructor and symphony,  piano lessons with me for the other

Bible – We attend weekly BSF and will be doing Grapevine Studies of Ruth and Moses

Science –  Ironically, I don’t know yet.  I was a science teacher for 20 years and this is my hardest subject to decide on for my girls.  Crazy!

Geography – Continent review, continue States and Capitals, class at co-op

Extras:  Frontier Girls (co-op), Art and Science Museum art 1 x a month

My 5th grader 

Math –  Math-U-See Epsilon Universal Set

and selections of Saxon that correspond if needed, xtra math daily practice

History – Veritas Press – Old Testament and Ancient Egypt

Grammar  – Shurley English Level 5 Kit    /Essentials

Writing –  IEW Student Writing Intensive Level A (5 DVDs & Student Materials)

Reading – Veritas Press book selections and comprehension guides

Handwriting – Classically Cursive Book 2: The Ten Commandments

Music – Piano lessons with me using the Alfred Series

Bible – We attend weekly BSF and will be doing Grapevine Studies of Ruth and Moses

ScienceApologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

Foreign Language – Basic Spanish at co-op

Extras:  Cake decorating  at co-op,  Visual Art at co-op, Art at Science Museum 1 X a month

This past school year, we were members of a classical conversations community on Mondays.  We have decided not to continue with a weekly meeting for Classical Conversations. While I do believe that there is value in the program, I plan to do a similar thing at home. We found that we weren’t home much and wanted to change that since we are HOME schoolers.

We will continue to drive to a nearby town for “co-op” classes.  In our co-op, moms teach a class in something that is their specialty.  It is SO much fun and God really blesses our family through the gifts of these other mamas.  My girls and I both find so much value in this community and it would be hard to give it up.

Thanks for letting me put all of this down onto “paper.” 😉

I would love to hear what you are using this year!  I’ll be sure to post updates once we get started.