For our Bible time we will continue to use this book that was part of our curriculum last year. We didn't finish the book so we will still work on it this year. I have also found some character education activities and we will focus on a different trait each week.
Brand new this year: First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind.
We needed something different for Language and I've heard great things about this curriculum. I like what I've seen so far. Katie will be diagramming sentences *extensively* which I hope will give her a really solid understanding of parts of speech and every part of a sentence.
We are continuing with Math-U-See. They will actually both be in Gamma for the first nine weeks, then Katie will move on to Delta and all things division.
We got the most supplies from Sonlight this year. We are continuing with Introduction to World History with part 2 (Rome-present I believe). I also chose Sonlight for their Reading curriculum. They will be reading a lot of novels. I also plan to have them do some bigger projects with their reading this year.
For writing, I printed off the Common Core Standards for 3rd and 4th grades. I am creating my own lesson plans to go along with teaching the different writing styles and will just work with them on learning what is listed in the Common Core. I am also using this website to get ideas for lessons and for rubrics to use in evaluating their writing.
Also, they will be taking Science classes at Education PlayStation as they have the past few years. It is a wonderful place and I am very thankful that we have access to such a loving environment for them to learn and enjoy science with their friends.
New: above and below. Spelling will be "Sequential Spelling" and vocabulary will be "Wordly Wise." Both get great reviews and with my planning I've done so far I think Sequential Spelling will be a good change, just mix things up from our usual spelling we've done before. My books from Wordly Wise are on order and I should get them soon.
Handwriting. We are only going to do two days of actual handwriting per week this year, but they love cursive and I don't want to abandon it completely. Copywork is good for the brain. It will be part of a first of the day routine where they will rotate out between brain teasers/logic puzzles, handwriting, and test practice.
I am excited for school to start! We need something predictable around here. :)
I am thankful and blessed to be homeschooling. We are definitely in for an adventure with a toddler in the mix. One thing I have left to do is to set up desk work areas in two of the bedrooms so that they have somewhere to go work privately when Ruby is awake. I think that would be very helpful!
I will post pictures of their first day on Monday.