Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Our Curriculum 2010-11

Last year as a first-time homeschooler, I was not comfortable creating my own curriculum for Joshua's kindergarten year. I chose to go with Sonlight Core K because I wanted to have something planned out for me. We really enjoyed it and will most likely go back to it in the future when all the children are a little older. This year I'm feeling more confident about planning, so I decided to dig in and do some research on other curricula out there. I found the book 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum to be of great help, but most of my choices came from suggestions from other homeschool bloggers. We use our own version of the workbox system, which I've written about here, and the Homeschool Tracker Plus software to keep organized.

Calendar Time - An updated version of what I have here and using ideas from 1+1+1=1 and Homeschool Highway. I'll post pictures when it's all set up.
Bible - Songs for Saplings - ABC Scripture songs and resources provided by Totally Tots
           Big Truths for Little Kids
Science - My own plan of unit studies and weekly experiments using former Sonlight books and library books.
Social Studies - My plan is to do unit studies for this also, but we'll see how that goes.
PreK (Ella)
I put together my own Letter of the Week curriculum using various elements from favorite blogs and websites.
I recommend Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum by Confessions of a Homeschooler for a thorough planned out curriculum.

Grade 1 (Joshua)
Math - Math U See (Alpha/Beta)
Grammar - First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind
Phonics - Explode the Code 2
              Explode the Code 3
              Explode the Code 4
Spelling - All About Spelling
Writing - The Complete Writer: Level 1 Workbook for Writing With Ease
Art Draw Write Now, Book 1
        How to Draw
        If he enjoys these, we'll purchase the books that follow.
Music My First Piano Adventure
            I haven't played piano in a LONG time, so we'll see if I'm capable of teaching him myself.
Spanish - Brighter Child® Spanish
Critical Thinking - Mind Benders

And LOTS of reading from our home library and public library books!


  1. Hi There,
    Try for your letter of the week curriculum. You can customize the font and text. I think you will find it really useful for making your own fun and educational worksheets.
    Nicola @ Twisty Noodle

  2. Hi!! I found you through Heart of the Matter's blog hop. It looks like you have a fun year ahead of you with 4 precious ones!

  3. I was wondering...when you purchase homeschool tracker plus, is it a one time purchase?