2010-2011 Curriculum Plan

With summer almost half over, I’m getting that feeling that I should have already been working diligently on next year’s plan of attack! So, after about 4 weeks of total procrastination I think I’ve finally got a working plan. Here’s our list of curriculum choices for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year:

Preschool: Since I”m not ready to launch my 4 year old into Kindergarten, we’re going to repeat our Letter of the Week curriculum, but this year we’ll be “kicking-up-a-notch”, think Emeril BAM! Of course I’ll post the printables as we go. My preschooler will also participate in the art, geography and science along with the other kiddos.

Art: We’re doing a Geography based year so we’ll be using Global Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl. I’ll also finish up with last year’s I Can Do All Things and How to Teach Art to Children if we have time.

Bible: I’m planning on continuing on with our Abeka Bible Series along with Nest Family Videos. Our children LOVE these videos and I have to say it’s been one of the more successful Bible programs we’ve tried. The videos are a tad pricey, {check your local library before buying} but they come with all kinds of worksheets for various age levels and each video ends with a quiz that your children do right on the TV using the remote. They really LOVE this series, if you can try one out I’d suggest it!

Geography: I’m putting together my own Geography based curriculum this year, {please pray for me!} so this is proving to be my hardest area to organize. I’m planning to combine a few different resources along with my own brilliant ideas (LOL). This deserves a post all it’s own, so I’ll do that once I’ve got things solidified, I have lots swirling around in my mind. Things like “Why do I do this to myself?”and “What was I thinking?”. Edited: Click here for my completed Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum!

Handwriting: I am excited to try A Reason For Handwriting this year. We’re going to do the transition from manuscript to cursive for my 2nd grader and they have a wonderful a manuscript to cursive Transition book. I LOVE that they use Bible Verses to practice handwriting. For my 1st grader I’m sticking with Abeka Handwriting just because I have it already, but if I didn’t I think I’d go with A Reason For Handwriting for him as well.

History: I’ll be using Abeka for this, but also plan on including what I can that correlates with our Geography plan. You can see I have my work cut out for me here…

Language/Grammar/Phonics: I’m sticking with Abeka for this. I really do like their language and phonics curriculum, it’s just solid in my opinion.

Math: We’re going to use Math U See in combination with Abeka for 1st and 2nd grade. I like the concept behind Math U See and my kiddos like the colorful worksheets from Abeka, so we combine them by using the MUS Blocks to do the Abeka work. I will probably have my 2nd grader do some of the MUS worksheets and videos as I really do love their approach to math.

Reading: I’m sticking with Abeka for this as well, my kiddos love their readers and I like that the stories include reading comprehension questions at the end of each story. We’ll also be doing some reading that goes along with our Geography Lessons.

Science: We’re taking it easy on science this year, I incorporated our Science with our Geography curriculum. For example when we’re studying Brazil, we’ll learn about Rain Forests, etc. I also added in the animal unit study and we learn about animals from each region as well as classify them as we go.

Spanish: I’m continuing on with PowerSpeak Spanish for now, we are really loving this program! For a review of PowerSpeak click here!

Spelling: We started using All About Spelling this year, and I am so excited! We absolutely LOVE this program, and if you haven’t tried it, go see for yourself. It’s a multisensory phonics and spelling curriculum that is super easy to use and the kids are loving it!

P.E.: The kids have requested to do Gymnastics this year, so we’ve signed up for that. We may also cover this via a co-op but that’s still up in the air. My husband feels strongly about this subject so I’ve recruited him to come up with some weekly activities we can do at home. I’ll post those once he get’s his plan completed {ahem, husband, that’s your call to action} !

I’ll be posting as we go of course, and possibly updating this post if anything changes, but for now that’s our plan!


  1. YEAH! So glad you have your curriculum planned out too!It feels good doesn't? Almost like going out and buying school supplies. 🙂 hehee

  2. We love MFW here, we have used it since K and now my oldest is in Rome to Reformation-I love learning history through the Bible and I love their Teachers guides and how they lay everything out, it is great! I'm going out today for lunch to share the benefits of it with someone else. My kids have learned so much about the Bible, I mean they KNOW it, it is not just something they read. I LOVE that! You will read so many great things with missionaires this year.

  3. Thanks for sharing your list for next year. I'm really interested to see how your geography comes as I'm doing the same thing. Mine probably won't be as extensive as yours as it's for my 4yo, but I'd still love to see how you structure yours and what books you use. Happy Planning!

  4. You inspire me! I have thought out a few things, but now I need to kick it up a notch myself and get it done. Keep the inspiration coming this way!

  5. We really enjoy Math U See! We are currently using Primer for my son who will start kindergarten in the fall(we started early so we can have some freedom through the year)

  6. I just recently started reading your blog and am looking forward to using your Do a Dot Sheets with my almost 3 year old. We used MFW Adventures this year and my 2nd and K child loved it. We also are moving on to MFW ECC and are excited to delve into the missionary and world geography focus. I'll be curious to see how you incorporate some additional learning experiences with what MFW already has! Also, I wanted to share with you a link to printables that I just added to my website. They are copywork, charts, and cut aparts for all of the MFW chosen Bible memory verses in Matthew. We are loving the Reasons for handwriting as well and will continue. Still figuring out the rest of plans here… Blessings on your new school year!

  7. I just posted an outline of what I plan on doing..but the details and book lists are still in the works. I really need to get this done by the end of July though.

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  9. Thank you for sharing your plan for the year! It looks great. I cannot wait to see your preschool printables. 🙂 I am still mulling over what to do this year. I have most of it settled, but still looking into a few things.

  10. Anonymous says:

    It would be awesome to know the order of letters you plan to do with your Letter of the Week Curriculum. I plan to do it this fall and I love your ideas. Really don't want to miss all your new letter ideas as you KICK it up a notch. :)Thanks!

  11. Anonymous: Last year I did vowels first then consonants, I may do the same thing this year, but since it's all review, I may just go in alphabetical order. I haven't decided yet, but if you do vowels first you can start practicing beginning reading with blends as soon as you hit the first consonant.

  12. so when do you start school?? same as the public school or a little before or later? just curious.. we started in June, but it's been very relaxed.. because I realized a lot of it is "review" of last year..

  13. I was wondering if you would ever consider posting your entire Kindergarten Curriculum. I too decided that I need more science and geography to my course. I am excited to see what you use

  14. Nikki: I use Abeka mainly for Kindergarten and all ages will be doing the geography stuff together.I'll post the Geography plan when I get it done!

  15. DAWN: I start along with our public school system, sometimes a little earlier. We start mid Aug usually.

  16. oh and another question: about the Powerspeak..can 2 kids follow along with the lessons..or is it individually based ( meaning could my Kinder sit and watch as my 2nd grade completes the lessons and maybe still learn from observation?)thanks. I thinking of trying it!

  17. I wanted to let you know I gave you a blog award today:

  18. This is such an inspiring post! I love this blog! Thanks!! This is going to be a lifesaver as I will be homeschooling my kids and am a bit nervous getting started (especially with teaching reading…any advice on that??)

  19. DAWN: Yes, your kinder could watch as your 2nd grader does it, we do that all the time. I'm not sure how much my kinder picked up, but I figure it didn't hurt any LOL!

  20. Kelly: I use Abeka phonics program to teach reading and it works really well. I've also heard good things about hooked on phonics. I was nervous too, but once you start it's really not that hard, and they catch on fairly easily! Then when they're reading something to you it's such a cool feeling knowing that you taught them!

  21. great list! thanks for posting.we will be using your letter of the week curriculum along with (I hope) Tapestry of Grace. Among other things. I'm still putting my list together.

  22. yay that you are doing GTG this year – I can't wait to see your ideas as we are going through it too! And THANKS for the art mention. I got ARTistic Pursuits but think it's going to be too confusing with GTG so I'm definitely going to get this book and save ARTistic Pursuits for next year! 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

  23. Can't wait to see the beefed up Preschool activities!! I hope some of them get up before we go through the letter so we can use them!!!

  24. Lorri Love says:

    I'm so excited that you are going to be doing GTG this year because we are too! When I get my plan finalized, I'll share what I have with you. Be sure to join the GTG Yahoo group – I have found a lot of great ideas there.

  25. Looking forward to seeing your Letter of the Week add ons and your geography fun.

  26. Oh, wow! I can feel your sense of accomplishment getting that done. Planning for the next school year is my favorite part of the summer. It's like a fresh start after not having completed everything I wanted to the previous year. 🙂 This will be our 11th yr. (including K) using Math-U-See, great choice. Been following your blog and wanted to say thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas!!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for posting your plans. It is always fun (and beneficial) to see what others are doing. I can't say enough great things about Math-U-See and A Reason for Handwriting. We've been using both of them for the past five years and LOVE them!I really appreciate your blog also!~Diane

  28. I just discovered your blog~LOVE it! We are beginning our 4th year of homeschooling and I love finding great sources of encouragement such as your blog. I enjoyed reading your curriculum list for this year. I have just gotten the last of my curriculum in and am SO excited about the new year:) We also use Galloping the Globe and I wanted to tell you that Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations has some great downloads to go along with that book. She's on your blog friends list so you may already know, but I thought I'd pass that along.

  29. Hi,I am interested in your opinions of the Abeka Bible series and the Nest family videos. Right now I'm not sure which one to go with since it would be waaayyy to much to buy both. Do you recommend one over the other? Also which collection of the Nest family videos do you own? Thank You so much, you truly have been a blessing since we're just starting our HS journey. Thank You for sharing your experience with us newbies 🙂 Melanie

  30. Melanie: I think if I were to do just one, I'd probably pick the Abeka series just because it seems more like an actual lesson, but my kids would probably prefer the Nest Videos :o) They really like them You may want to check your local Library, or if you have Direct TV I hear they are on one of the channels for that.

  31. Sounds like a great plan! I've heard such wonderful things about Abeka. I'm curious what their phonics/language program is like. I'll go check it out.

  32. Just stopping by and following from the TOS Crew Blog Walk. Love your blog and so glad I stopped by to "meet you". Your digital scrapbook sets are really cute. I keep thinking that one day I'll take up that hobby. Enjoyed reading your curriculum plan for the new school year. If you take any field trips, I'd love if you'd consider linking up to Field Trip Friday on my blog. Blessings to you as you embark on a new year!:)

  33. I was considering ordering Abeka! Now I've heard a mom's review who knows! Thanks!!

  34. We are going to start homeschooling next school year. Our daughter will be in Kindergarten. I will be using Abeka as my base since I have materials due to a friend giving it to me and I did teach in a Christian school where this is what I taught and I feel very comfortable with it. But….my question is…What are your thoughts on Science/History??? I was thinking of ordering Abeka and then getting your Expedition Earth and your Geography curriculum. I love what I have read about it. From what I gather, I would do a short version of it and then add to it as the years go on…what would be your suggestion. This will be our first year and I am affraid of jumping in with too much. I do not want to overwhelm her or myself. She does have a great foundation..she has been in a morning preschool program since 2 on certain days of the week….I need to hear from an experience homeschool mom!! Thanks for all your great ideas!!

  35. Munchin's Mommy: That's what I do. I use Abeka for phonics, grammar and I do read their history text for now though next year i'll probably do something else. I do my EE for science this year. I'll do a different thing next year as I don't think Abeka's science is that exciting, but it does cover basics if you don't find something else.I would suggest when starting to take it simple. If you're comfortable with Abeka start there. Since Abeka is pretty planned out for you its easy to follow and that leaves you with some free time to add in some fun things that can compliment your core work but aren't worksheets/boring :o)

  36. We are thinking of using All About Spelling next year along with Abeka Phonics/language. Do you find that there are any conflicts between the All about spelling phonic and Abeka? For instance, does Abeka explain rules one way and AAS another? I hope that makes sense!

  37. Mike: No, if anything AAS explains things better than Abeka in my opinion anyway. I like that AAS has flashcards to help them review, Abeka mentions it in a lesson, then maybe again in another lesson, but it's not drilled like it is in AAS.Right now I use AAS for the teaching, then Abeka for the worksheets. It's probably overkill doing both though.

  38. Erica,Would you consider posting a "review" of your year? (AKA what worked, what didn't, what you added or dropped…) LOVE your blog, and am wondering how your curriculum choices panned out for you this year.Sarah

  39. Sarah: Yep, its on my list! :o) As well as a 2011-2012 curriculum plan

  40. Hi sis, Do you have any recommendations for a Bible curriculum for 5 yo and 2yo? thank you!

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