Our Curriculum 2012-2013

Hi everyone! I’ve been getting several emails wondering what our 2012-2013 homeschool curriculum choices are! I’ve been planning like crazy, and trying to get everything in order.  For now this is what we’ve chosen to do, we haven’t officially started yet, so its still subject to change…because I’m crazy like that!




So without further ado, here is our curriculum line up for the 2013-2013 school year!


Teeny Tot (Preschool)



Tinkerbell (First Grade)



Turbo (3rd grade) & Strawberry Shortcake (4th Grade)



This week is the iHomeschool Network Back-to-school Blog Hop, and this week everyone is sharing their curriculum plans! Make sure to hop over to the iHomeschool Network blog to see what others are doing!


More awesome curriculum ideas available on my website:

Letter of the Week:


K4 Curriculum:


Road Trip USA & Road Trip USA Animals!


Expedition Earth World Geography:


Expedition Earth World Animals:


World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1


World’s Greatest Composers Vol 1


Classic Literature Unit Studies



  1. hi Erica~

    thanks for posting all the great info that you do! i appreciate all the helpful mommy blogs i come across 🙂 i had a question about Math u See. i’m thinking of using it the next year around and was wondering if you own 1 set of manipulative blocks and if your kiddos share or if you own multiple sets and what works for you? thank you !

    • Lorelie Yuzek says:

      Hi Laura not sure if you still need to know, but one set should be enough! There are lots of extras and not every lessons requires blocks either. Hope you like Math-U-See!

    • Lorelie Yuzek says:

      Hi Laura not sure if you still need to know, but one set should be enough! There are lots of extras and not every lessons requires blocks either. Hope you like Math-U-See! Love this curriculum!

  2. I haven’t even thought about hmschl for the fall…isn’t that what 2 day shipping is for? No, seriously, my oldest is leaving for college in a few weeks, and I will order after she goes back. We are savoring every last moment of summer. 🙂 Love your adorable site!!

  3. Virginia Briggs says:

    Looks like our 1st graders are doing alot of the same things this year 🙂 It will be interesting to follow and get some ideas from you. Question…my 1st grader is doing AAS and A Beka Language Arts 1 also, I see you also have yours doing Letters & Sounds as well, do you think that is needed since she is doing AAS too? Thanks again for all your great info and for answering all my emails lol! God Bless!

  4. Virginia Briggs says:

    Hi Erica! I’m glad you posted this, it looks like our 1st graders are using alot of the same curriculum this year. It will be nice to follow along with you and get some ideas, which I could use since this is our first year! Question for you…my daughter is also using AAS and A Beka Language 1, do you suggest using the A Beka Letters & Sounds in addition to AAS? I wasn’t sure if we would need it. Thanks for all your greatr info and for answering all my emails lol! God Bless 🙂 (Sorry if this is a repost, my computer doesn’t like me today)

  5. I can’t wait to do the Classic Literature Units you put together! Girl – you are AMAZING with all that you offer on your site! I’m always passing on your site to others. Hope your year is great. I love reading about your homeschooling adventures! Blessings!

    • Hi there,

      Just wondering if the Classic Literature Units can take the place of Sonlights literature units? Or would it be something to combine?

  6. I know you’ve supplemented some other math with Math U See in the past. I’m about halfway through Alpha with my first grader and she is mastering her addition facts well, but it seems like she has not learned many topics that other math books cover in kindergarten and first grade (such as fractions, time, money, etc.). Do you have any suggestions of things you’ve used to supplement Math U See? Thanks.

  7. Hi Erica!

    I was just curious as to what happened to Mystery of History? I thought I read earlier that was the history you were using? The Answers for Kids bible curriculum looked fabulous when I looked at it at convention! Have a great year!

  8. I am looking at Family Time Fitness for us this year. I was wondering what kind of equipment is needed? Is there alot of things that I would need to purchase to be bale to use most of the lesson plans?

  9. Hi Erica,
    I know you love All About Reading Press and was wondering why you decided on ABeka for your 1st grader this year. I have a kindergartener and I have chosen, I think :), All About Reading for her phonics…but looked at Abeka as well. Thank you!!

    • I’m curious as well……

    • I am also curious. I am already thinking about kindergarten for next year. I have looked at the All About Reading curriculum but not sure as to choose level 1 or the Pre-reading. He cannot read yet, but he does know all the letters and their sounds. I noticed you did not choose it for this year.

  10. Amber Richards says:

    Curious as to why you aren’t doing All About Reading Level 2…. I am going to do level 1 with my kindergartener so I am curious. 🙂

  11. I’m thinking about buying your K4 curriculum for my 4 yr. old and I was just curious if I’d be able to print it in black and white? I know that seems like a dumb question, but I wasn’t sure if some of the activities somehow needed the colors to understand the instructions.


  12. Hi! I just blogged about your LOTW curriculum! Just wanted to let you know! I linked back to your blog and the LOTW curriculum! Thanks for all your work and dedication to your family and the Lord!

  13. Sometimes it’s safe to assume, and sometimes is better not to assume… and this leads to my question concerning Typing Instructor. Your link takes us directly to Typing Instructor and not the kids version. Have you chosen to use the regular version? I think it looks better for setting up multiple users (kids). I couldn’t find a way to add more than 1 user on the kid program. Would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!

  14. Since I always LOVE what curriculum you suggest, I thought I would come back to your list for this year. I started a month ago with a writing/grammar program but we don’t like it. So I’m curious about the two you are using for 3rd and 4th grade. Writing Shop and BJU English/Grammar/Reading. Why two? What does each teach? I tried your links and was still unsure. I’m hoping that you can give me some personal input. Thank you! What a blessing you are to all of us.

  15. Mindy Johnson says:

    How do you like “Math You See”?

  16. My twin boys will come out of public school in two weeks from now and I’ll be joining the wonderful world of homeschoolers. I will be completely shameless in saying that, as a newcomer to homeschooling, I am going to swipe your ENTIRE grade one curriculum for this year’s plan! Thank you!

  17. Hi Erica. I was wondering how you fit all of the subjects into your weekly schedule. Do you do spelling, grammar, history, science every day? Do you split them up? Also curious how you are liking what you’ve been using for science and history this year.

  18. Christina W says:

    Love that you share your teaching curriculum, Erica! Thank you for sharing because it encourages me and many others to be disciplined in teaching our kids!

  19. Wow! There are a ton of subjects/books for each level. How long do you do school each day? When do your children have down time or play time?

  20. Carrabie says:

    So I was wondering if you use your curriculum too on top of all the ones you have listed for each of your kids>

  21. Hello….I am a mom of 5 kids, ages 12, 11,9,6,and 3. We did connections with my oldest last year. If felt like we were doing school all the time…it wasn’t much fun. We started to do it today and at the last minute I changed my mind and I don’t want to use them. That leaves me with looking all over the internet for Ideas. when I was a kids I used abeka, so naturally I would go with them.

    I was looking over what you are doing and was interested in why you choose different programs. I am also very interested in the math that you have picked. My oldest has the hardest time in math and is struggling allot. She doesn’t seem to know the basics, she went to public school for elementary school.
    How does the math work, i don’t see grades.

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