Our Curriculum for Next Year!

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This past year we have been using Alpha Omega’s Horizons preschool in our homeschool.  For Kindergarten in the fall, we have selected Memoria Press’ Kindergarten classical curriculum.

Memoria Press’ curriculum appealed to me with its introductions of amazing art and music throughout the school weeks.  There is focus on Bible teaching using the Golden Books Children Bible which I remember from childhood.  Copybooks emphasize phonics lessons with seatwork and copying of Scripture as the kids advance in their handwriting.  There is a recitation period to start each school day, where the kids get to formally recite what they have learned.

Memoria Press starts the kids on Latin around the 1-3 grades and I, at least, am looking forward to that, having been taught Latin when I was homeschooled! The dividends on that are paid in vocabulary and in general language learning.

I am a big fan of the classical approach to learning.  I should add that we intentionally went looking for a curriculum with structured lesson plans so my husband and I can hand off school throughout the week depending on our schedules.

For my visual learner, I knew we needed something with manipulatives and visual emphasis of math lessons.  I didn’t see that in the Rod and Staff math that comes with the Memoria Press curriculum, so we wanted to substitute something else in its place.  I saw Right Start Mathematics and instantly liked the fact that the concepts were not watered down from the very beginning.  We do the same thing with our science instruction at Homeschool Science Press, so it seemed like a natural carryover.  Right Start Math uses tools such as a Math Balance, abacus, clock games, and manipulatives.  Having already introduced some basic math and counting this past year with the Horizons curriculum, Right Start recommended we begin with Level B.

There is no dedicated science book with the Memoria Press Kindergarten curriculum, so as science is covered, we will supplement with pages from My First Science Notebook by Homeschool Science Press.  This will help us learn science as we encounter it in the real world, but still drive home the skills of science: observation, measuring, drawing, and recording.  I expect to continue this approach for this next year at least and then we’ll be looking for a dedicated textbook.  I might use vintage science books, who knows?  My most important goal with science for now is to make sure they are asking questions, guessing the answer, and observing outcomes.

What are you using in your homeschool this fall?  Leave a comment and let us know!

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  1. Kris June 29, 2011 at 12:14 am #

    Ugh. you’re making me sick with the homeschool planning already! lol I have no idea what we’re using. I do know we’ll continue with Latin for Children as that has really worked for us so far. I’m not sure if we’ll use a formal history and science programs or wing it as we’ve done in the last couple years. My daughter really learns better that way, when helping pick the subjects she wants to study. However, I’m nervous this year. we’re moving into 7th grade work. Scary! Not sure I can wing it all… Okay,t that’s enough thinking on curriculum for me. I’ll pick up that train of though in a few weeks.happy summer!

    • esther June 29, 2011 at 7:27 am #

      :) I’m still working on just my oldest, and at the K level I’m thinking it is easier! Hats off to you moms of older children with years of experience under your belt!
      I was homeschooled, so I got to see it in action, but I didn’t get this other part of it! actually doing it!
      And I just read an article about state requirements, so I guess I better check on that. and portfolio keeping? Wow. Is there a blog post for that?

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