This year I have a 2nd grader, a 9th grader, and my 4-year-old who we aren’t really doing anything formal with. I want to focus more on play with him and we will weave in some learning in a formal sense, but not in a full on curriculum super structured sense. To see a general overview of what we are using this year with all of our kids, keep on reading! In the coming weeks I will dive into more detail for each level I’m teaching this year including some in-depth looks at each subject material.
Four Year Old
Technically this could be considered pre-school, but defining it as such puts a pressure on me to be super structured. As I mentioned, we’re going to focus more on play than anything else. When my children this young learn best through play vs structured learning.
With my four-year-old I’ll be using Rod and Staff as well as some basic cutting practice books. We’ll also be working on counting, alphabet letter recognition, and building his vocabulary just through verbal dialog and reading him lots of books. I’ll also be going through a letter a week, but super light. If we don’t get through it that’s fine, and if he wants to keep moving through it that’s fine too. Our plan isn’t too far off from what we did last year.
For second grade we are using most of the Second Grade Curriculum from Memoria Press. I say “most” because we use a different math.
My second grader is also going to continue working through her Explode the Code books, as needed, because I feel we will have our bases covered with Memoria Press. It’s my first time using them in full with her, so it’s a learning curve for me too. I like to keep a hold of things I am familiar with – just in case. We’ve fallen in love with Memoria Press over the past few years as I’ve used it with our eldest, and we’re so excited to be using their full kits! I do wish we would have simply started with them in the beginning.
Math: Math U See
Spelling: We’re also using Spelling You See but as a supplement, like with the Explode the Code books. If I feel it is unnecessary, we’ll just stop using it. We’re only a few weeks into the school year and I am finding that Memoria Press is fulfilling all of our needs, as expected.
For ninth grade we are also using most of the Ninth Grade Curriculum from Memoria Press. Again, I say “most” because we use a different math, science, and I include a formal grammar curriculum.
Math: Math U See
Spelling/Vocabulary: Abeka Vocabulary and Rod and Staff Spelling. I add this in as high school usually doesn’t include these kinds of things. But I like my kids to be strong in these areas so i’m a stickler and will be including spelling/vocabulary all the way through senior year.
Grammar: Rod and Staff
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