2012-2013 Curriculum

This will be my first official year homeschooling.  Yikes!  I have spent a lot of time planning and researching, and I'm anxious to get everything in place and get started.  Here's what we have planned:

Max- Pre-K/K (4yrs old) 

My middle son, Max, just turned four and is academically between pre-K and K.  He loves to learn and is ready to read and to meet most other K standards, but he is behind in fine motor skills.

We will  be doing some of My Father's World Kindergarten, but not as it is written.  I made up a list of unit studies for both my boys to work on together- Some from MFW, some seasonal/holiday, some just based on the boys' interests.  Here's the list if you're curious:

Unit Study List:
  1. Sun
  2. Moon
  3. Insects 
  4. Apples
  5. Fall
  6. Farm
  7. Pumpkins 
  8. Human Body 
  9. Leaves
  10. Halloween
  11. American Government (election week)
  12. Queen/ British Gov
  13. Thanksgiving (mini unit)
  14. Yellow 
  15. Habitats
  16. Snow/ The Snowy Day literature unit
  17. Christmas/J is for Jesus
  18. New Years (mini unit)
  19. Volcano
  20. Dinosaur
  21. Groundhog's Day (Shadows and Light)
  22. Turtle
  23. V-Day
  24. President's Day/more American Gov.
  25. Dr. Suess' Birthday
  26. Rainbows
  27. St Patty’s Day
  28. Elephants
  29. Easter
  30. Spring/Seasons
  31. Weather/Water Cycle
  32. Kites
  33. Garden
  34. Caterpillars/Butterflies
  35. Nests/Birds
  36. Zebra
  37. Octopus
 For structure, I have created a lesson plan outline to follow for each unit...

Here is the basic lesson plan outline for each unit:

  • How is God glorified in the week’s study?
  • Recite verse(s) of the week out loud during circle time
  • Discuss how the verse(s) teach us something about who God is, what it meant to the original audience (history), and how it can be applied to our lives today. 
**Most Bible verses and life application devotions will come from either MFW K curriculum or 2 Teaching Mommies.  

Science/Social Studies:
  • What do you know/want to learn? (KWL chart)
  • Life cycle (for plant or animal units) 
  • Learn basic parts of plant or animal 
  • Experiment and/or Observation sheets
  • Habitat (plants or animals) or how people in other countries celebrate a particular holiday 
  • Read living books and non-fiction books to learn about our science theme
  • narrate back everything learned
  • sensory bin

  • All About Reading Level Pre-1
  • story map a story (verbally)-- identify main characters, setting, and beginning/middle/end of story  from one of our living books used for our science focus of the week
  • retell a story (again, from one of our living books)  
  • sight word practice (through games, play-doh mats, iPad apps, etc) 
  • Variety of Pre-K packs.  Check out my Pre-K pack pinterest board for sources. 

  • MFW K
  • counting (1:1 correspondence, work on counting to 100 aloud)
  • work on number recognition and writing numbers
  • graphing
  • Pre-K packs

Fine Motor:
  • tracing (lines, letter, {word})
  • manipulatives
  • cutting practice

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Sam- 1st Grade (7 yrs old in September)

The boys will do school together as much as possible this year.  Sam will follow the same Unit Study topics and Bible lessons as outlined above for his brother. 

  • Same as his brother (outline above) 

  • 106 Days of Creation  
  • Nature Studies and field trips
  • Using our state's standards for first grade science as a guide, we will also implement the many children's science books and encyclopedias we own along with living books checked out from the library... and the good 'ol internet... to explore a variety of science topics.    Sam and Max will do most science together, see the lesson plan outline for Max {above} for an idea of how we will approach each topic.
Some of the non-fiction books we'll use:
Explore and Learn books
Read and Understand Science Grade 1-2
Hands on Science Grades 1-3
DK First Science Encyclopedia

Horizons Math 1
** Update:  The spiral approach did not work with Sam.  I began teaching without a curriculum for a while, then switched to Math Mammoth half way through the year.

Language Arts:

Book of Centuries

Foreign Language:
Song School Latin

Say Hello to Classical Music (bought separately from My Father's World)

Exploring Landscape Art with Children (also bought from MFW)

Well, that's about it.  We'll start in a couple weeks.... I'm excited and slightly terrified.

I've spent the majority of the summer researching and preparing- and I still don't feel "done."   Now that it is almost time to start, I am starting to freak out a little. ;)  But after reading many of the "Not" Back to School Blog Hop links, I am comforted to know even very seasoned homeschoolers question whether or not they've adequately prepared for the year ahead.

Well, ready or not here we go.  Can't wait to see how the school year shapes up!

Not Back to School Blog Hop

** Update:  After the first week of school, I realized that I had far too much planned for Sam.  We spent most of the year focusing on reading and math skills along with the science and/or social studies that came along from our unit studies.  We never got to grammar, history or Latin, and we got to very little art or music.  You can read more about what I have come to learn about homeschooling in What Does My Child Need to Learn?


  1. I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old (kinder). I love your list of unit studies...I might steal an idea or two! :)Found you through the blog hop!

  2. i'm starting year 9
    and have never started the year
    feeling 'done'
    so i think you're right on par there

    you have a delightful blog as well
    and congrats on starting
    your first official year

    looks like you've planned
    a lot of learning fun for the year!


  3. Nice unit study list! I'm sure you had a fun filled year. Children usually love working with themes (I do too!) I wish you all the best with your preparation for next school year (it always sneaks up on me somehow!) and I'll pop back once in a while to see what's new. :)



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