Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Back to School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week

Heart of the Matter Online is hosting a "not Back to School Blog Hop" and this week's topic is curriculum. I know I have shared this on my blog before for this year, but there are a couple of add-ons, so here we go!

I am sticking with Abeka this year again for Reading and Language Arts. It has been very good to us so kids read so very well and I like the language arts content.
We are using Handwriting without Tears for our penmanship practice instead of the traditional Abeka handwriting.
OH, and I will be using a great website for helping with our spelling practice and for vocabulary later in the year. It is Spelling City.
If you create an account you can either search other people's spelling lists, or create your own saved lists, then play games online, print games and activities, or actually be tested on the word lists. Great fun spelling practice!

Math U See for math. We switched from Abeka Math last February and I think we have finally settled in for good on this program! Noah (6) is halfway through Alpha, and Katie (7) is in Beta. This program has enough worksheets for two kids in each student kit, so it is cost effective as well!

For science, we are going light this year one more time before we delve into something heavy. Three units to use throughout the year...magnets, birds, and astronomy. Fun and easy from Homeschool Science Adventures!

I have purchased this but it has not arrived yet, but I can't wait to get it and get started. I looked into Writing Strands at the Atlanta Expo this weekend and came home to immediately find a used copy to get. Abeka is great with grammar and sentence structure, but not so much with the creative writing aspects. This seems like a fun and easy guide to get us motivated!

We haven't started piano lessons yet, but as soon as we pick up our books we will get going on it! We plan to use Alfred's Piano Course.

Art will be rotated out with science, and this is the book we are using from Artistic Pursuits. It is another very easy but enriching and fun curriculum.

Well, that's it for us this year at PEACE Academy. Can't wait to hop around on the other blogs and see what everyone else is doing! Happy Homeschooling!


Sparklee said...

Looks like a great plan! Have a fun year of homeschooling!

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog! Looks like you have a great year planned, too. I'm glad you're liking MUS. We used it for the past two years and I really do like it, but my daughter doesn't enjoy math at all (so far) so I am switching this year in hopes of finding something she will connect with more. We'll see...:) I'm also looking for a good early piano program for my kiddos. I'll have to check out the one you have mentioned here.

Andy's Bethy said...

You are so organized. I love to see your things, set up so neatly. Let's get this show on the road, right?!