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Now that I have made the official announcement that we will be homeschooling this year, I thought I would share our curriculum choices with everyone.
Our core curriculum will be Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory from Heart of Dakota, with a few extras added in, which I am using for second grade.
My teacher’s guide I love how everything is so nicely organized for me!!
Language Arts: (we will do this daily)
We are using Heart of Dakota for LA. I will use their spelling lists (list 2) as well as some of the language arts activities. We are also using the Emerging Readers Set from Heart of Dakota, where Hailey will read the books in the picture and then answer various questions about the books. We are using Rod and Staff 2 for grammar. For handwriting we are using Cheerful Cursive, since Hailey has been asking to learn cursive.
These are story time books from Heart of Dakota that I will read to Hailey.
Math: (we will do this daily)
It took me a really long time to decide what math curriculum to pick. I finally decided to go with Singapore. This summer we are going over 1B since Singapore tends to be ahead of where public schools are. So far it’s going very quickly because it’s all review, but I know when we get to the end of the workbook it will slow down. When school starts in the fall we will do 2A and 2B.
History: (we will do this daily)
We are using Heart of Dakota for history and will use the books pictured above as our text.
Geography: (we will do this 2 times per week)
We are going to use Road Trip USA for learning about the 50 states. We are only going to cover 1 state per week to start. Depending on how it goes we might move up to 2 states per week as the curriculum is written, but we’re going to see how it goes first. In addition we are also using Highlights Which Way USA magazines and/or Little Passports US edition. Right now are getting both subscriptions because I can’t decide which one I like better hahaha
Science: (we will do this 2 times per week)
We are going to use Heart of Dakota for our science curriculum and the book pictured above will be our text. It seems pretty light to me, so we are planning to add in some unit studies based on Hailey’s interests.
Bible: (we will do this daily)
We are going to use Heart of Dakota for our Bible curriculum. In addition to that we are going to read through Bible stories and do activities based on the stories. We are also going to use the What’s in the Bible DVDs, although right now we only have the first DVD and I want to make sure we like them before I buy anymore.
I love planners and writing my plans down It took me forever to decide which planner to buy and so far I’m glad I decided on this one. It might not be totally necessary to have a planner when using Heart of Dakota, but the plans are written based on a 5 day week. We are going to go to a homeschool co-op once per week (this will be our art, music and physical education) and will be gone for most of the day on our co-op days, so I am trying to re-write the plans to fit things into a 4 day week.
So, that is my plan so far. We will see how it goes and adjust as needed