Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Heigh Ho...Heigh Ho...It's Off to School We Go

Funny how the summer always passes us by much too quickly these days.
We began our fifth year of homeschooling this past Monday with N entering fourth grade, A beginning second and J in nursery school. It has been a good week so far and we are all happy to be in the swing of things again. I know if I ask my boys sometimes they will roll their eyes about school, but, I also know that they always seem to enjoy the structure of it when we do it. We were supposed to keep up on a few subjects this summer and keep it somewhat structured, but, unfortunately we had a few bumps in the road and things don't always work out as planned.

Here is our curriculum we are using for this year:

Fourth Grade:
This year we decided to go with many books from Seton Homeschool as we really enjoyed them the past few years. The following books come from Seton:
Spelling 4
Religion 4
Phonics 4
English 4
Reading 4 Comprehension
Wordly Wise Vocabulary
Beginning Reasoning and Reading

HWOT Cursive Success
Saxon 5/4
Numerous classic literature for read alouds and independent reading

Second Grade:
Spelling 2
Religion 2
Phonics 2
English 2

HWOT Printing Power

Saxon Math 2
Numerous classic literature for read alouds and independent reading

Nursery School:
We will be working along our own Alphabet Path which will include a different saint for each week taken from An Alphabet of Catholic Saints along with various books, crafts and snacks for each letter. Lots of fun to have here :D

We are working on these subjects together:

History- Story of the World Volumes 1(still working on this one) and 2
Science- Apologia Science Exploring Creation
American History- Beautiful Feet Geography Through Literature Pack
Geography- Roadtrip USA from Confessions of a Homeschooler Really excited about this one! Erica did a fabulous job as usual!

This year we are beginning each day with circle time which will include:

A Childrens Book of Virtues
One Year Book of Devotions for Boys
A Treasury of Fairy Tales
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Leading the Little Ones to Mary
Jesus and I
Once Upon a time Saints, More Once Upon a Time Saints and Around the Year: Once Upon a Time Saints
Loyola Kids Book of Saints

We will try to include more field trips this year too and all in all it is shaping up to be a great year!


  1. Looks like you guys will have a great year! We really like the Loyola Kids Book of Saints. We had a great time doing the Alphabet Path last year. Such a fun and flexible way to learn the alphabet!

  2. Wishing you a very blessed year, Ann Marie! I had never heard of the Road Trip USA..Be sure to keep us posted how you like it:)