Hi everyone! It’s that time of the year again! You know the one…when you realize that summer’s almost over and you barely remember it starting.

The one where you think “Yikes! I better order my curriculum so it’s here in time!”

Yep…that one.

I’ve had lots of emails asking about our curriculum choices for this year already, so I know you all are planning away out there too! Of course I’m happy to share our choices with you, but I also want you to stand firm in your own choices and not beat yourself up thinking you should’ve done something else just because I or any other blogger recommends it! Each family is different, and I know you’ve prayed over your choices, just as I have, so we can take comfort in knowing that we’re being obedient to our calling!

So here it is, our choices for the 2011-2012 school year! (Wow, I had a hard time typing 2012…I remember back when even the thought of the year 2000 was like back to the future hover-cars and stuff. But I digress…

Anyway, we’re starting something new this year. I’m tired of referring to my children as “my 2nd grader”, “my preschooler” blah blah, so I’ve come up with some fun names for them! Plus it just seems more personal while at the same time protecting their anonymity somewhat!

We’re branching out and trying some new things this year, I’m a little nervous, but I have the flexibility to change if need be, so I’m keeping an open mind.

So I’ll now introduce the players: BTW, they all (with the exception of The Teeny Tot), picked their own aliases. Teeny Tot was kind of already locked in.


First up we have “The Teeny Tot”. IMG_2844(Tot School)

You all know and love her already. She’s the only one with a pre-existing alias, which incidentally has become a nickname around here too. I know she’ll eventually out grow it, but I still love it!

The Teeny Tot is going to be doing some official Tot School Stuff this year. More to come on that ;o)….









Next in line is “Tinker Bell”: IMG_2829(Kindergarten)

You know her previously as the sweet little preschooler who modeled all of my Letter of the Week and K4 Curriculum for you! This year she’ll be your tour guide through Kindergarten!




Then we have “Turbo”: IMG_2821(2nd Grade)

He’s the sole boy in this crowd of girls poor dude, but he is all guy. I find his choice of aliases ironic considering he’s rarely in a hurry to do anything! He’s going to lead you through 2nd grade this year.


Finally is my firstborn, “Strawberry Shortcake”: IMG_2838(3rd Grade)

(She’s very tall for her age, but Strawberry Tall-cake just didn’t sound as good.) She’s a mini-me for the most part, very helpful and leader of the pack. She’s going to be your host for 3rd grade this year.

More awesome curriculum available on my website:

Letter of the Week:


K4 Curriculum:


Road Trip USA:


Expedition Earth World Geography:


Expedition Earth World Animals:


World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1


What is your curriculum line-up for next year? I’d love to hear what others are doing! And I hope you all have a wonderful homeschooling journey!


  1. Hi-
    Thanks for providing your curriculum list. It is so helpful in giving me some good ideas for my 1st grader. I am currently looking for a science program to do with her, and the Young Scientist Club Kits look great. Have you ever used them before? I was just curious as to how long it takes to complete each unit? Knowing how long you spend on each kit would be helpful in determining it this is a program I want to try to use.
    Thanks so much for your help-

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      I haven’t used them before, so I’m not sure how long each kit will take. I’m dedicating 1-2 days a week on science, so hopefully we can do them in 2 days time!

  2. I love seeing what other people recommend! Thank you so much for sharing this. I am just starting my third year or homeschooling and feel like I am still discovering what is out there and what my kids interests are. Your blog is SO helpful! I am considering doing Expedition Earth this year as well. Thank you so much for your investment of time that you give to so many moms. You are always so encouraging!

  3. We’re going to stick with My Father’s World for our two older boys (6 and 7) who’ll be in 1st and 2nd grade. Our 2nd grader will use Singapore Math (1st time using it) and Spelling by Sound and Structure (also 1st time). We’re still tossing up the idea of using Rosetta Stone Spanish for both boys but we’ll see. I’ll also use MFW toddler and preschool packages for my 2 and 3 year old. Last year I didn’t teach the 2 and 3 year old regret it. This year they’ll be scheduled in with the older boys. I’ll also have to include our 3 month old as much as possible for his development. I truly enjoy your blog and get uplifted when I visit it everyday. Keep up the great work and thank you!

    Melissa F.
  4. Hi Erica, I love ur new names for the kids and thanks for all the hard work you do. I don’t know how you do it. Here’s what my kids are in for the next school year.

    My 5th grader:
    History – The Mystery of History Vol. 1 (this one is new for us)
    Math – Horizons 5
    English – BJU English 5
    Spelling – A reason for Spelling
    Handwriting – A reason for Handwriting
    Reading – BJU Reading 5
    Science – Abeka Science 6
    Bible – I am building a curriculum to go along with Mystery of History
    Art – See the Light Art Curriculum ( I can’t wait to get this one)

    And my 2 pre-schoolers are following your 2 programs with a little of the older ones curriculum.

  5. It’s so fun seeing what you and the other mommies will be using next year. I’m getting really excited for school to start! I’m looking for something to use with my own teeny tot… lots of great ideas here…

  6. Thanks for sharing. I too like see what others are using. I’m interested in seeing how the family time fitness works out for you. I am looking for something new for my kids. However, for us, we will have several months this school year where I’m unavailable to help with PE. So, I’ll see how it works for and keep it in mind for the following year.

  7. You were actually instrumental in my choices for the year because I emailed you with some questions! I changed our plan and I am still unsure but it’s my 1st year so I guess we’ll just jump in and see how it goes. I won’t list it because it seems long. Excited to see your curriculum list, though, because it’s so fun to see what others do!

  8. My 3 year old will be using your LOTW lessons, some Before Five in a Row activities, and the alphabet crafts over at Totally Tots.

    My Kindergartner will be using MFW K (first semester) and MFW 1st (spring-summer), Saxon K, Handwriting without Tears, Ordinary Parents Guide for Reading and we’re doing some Little Contenders for Faith.

    I’m thinking about Speekee as well if I can fit it into the budget.

    1. I will be using MFW K this year too. Do you have experience with this curriculum? This will be our first year using it. I see that you are adding in some extras. Have you found that there is not enough in the MFW K program?? I have been thinking of adding in something extra for math and handwriting as well because it looked like it might be lacking in those areas.


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