Curriculum Choices for 2017-2018 1st and 4th grades

Hello my dear friends, it has been a while. So much change going on here, one of them being that we have decided to back to homeschooling this school year. (I will do a more detailed post on that later)

I think the biggest question for me was which curriculum to use with two kids in different grades. I knew I wouldn't buy a whole boxed curriculum for both, because I wouldn't be able to keep up with doing two separate lessons on history, science and bible. 
So after much thought and prayer, I decided on Adventures into US History by  My Fathers World.  This will be the "Core"; which covers History, science, music and bible. I will not be following the schedule/teachers manuel exactly, instead I will make it work for us. 

So, lets take a look at this years choices. 

Our "Core" curriculum for both 1st and 4th grade

For Bible, we will be reading Who is God and my daughter and son get their own journals. I am so excited to read this book, I have heard great things. 
We will also learn a new bible verse every week using I Can Learn the Bible

For History we will be using MFW.  I LOVE US History and I am so excited to teach it to my kids. 

Here are some of the books we will be reading aloud this year. A few are new, some are old from our previous years homeschooling that I would like to re-read. 

This is our science for this year, it is also from MFW

I am also so excited to read this Dinosaurs from Eden book. It should help explain all the questions the kids have about where and when dinosaurs lived. I picked up the workbooks at the Target dollar section for us to learn the names of the dinosaurs. 

We will also be doing a lot of nature journaling. I bought this beautiful Nature Anatomy book and a Nature Journal for my daughter. I still have to get a journal for my son. 

For Art, I bought the Paint Lab book
It has so many art project ideas, tutorials, supply lists and so on. My kids love to paint, but I am not very creative when it comes painting. So I need all the help I can get. 

Both kids will be working on their typing using Mavis Beacon 

The music portion is also covered under MFW. We will be learning patriotic songs and 
about the life and music of Tchaikovsky. 
My 4th grader is also taking piano lessons and My 1st grader will be starting very soon. 

I bought this planner which will help me plan everything out for the week.

And now to the individual workload:

For my 1st grader-

These will be my 1st graders's books to read.

I created a reading log for him to fill out with the date, title of the book, 
and amount of time and pages read. 

For Math we are using Horizons. I used Horizons with my daughter and loved it. I just repurchased new student workbooks for him. 

For Language arts, he will be doing BJU spelling , Spectrum writing, and A Reason for Handwriting

He will be doing Daily Geography every morning to practice reading maps. 

For my 4th grader:

These are some of the books she will be reading. I also ordered more and they should be here soon. 
She also gets her own reading log and a book report sheet she will fill out after reading each book. 

For language arts: A reason for handwriting D; to work on her cursive. 
Spectrum reading; so she can practice reading and answering questions for her state test. 
BJU spelling and BJU english to practice grammar and her writing skills. 

I wanted to find a math curriculum that was computer based for my daughter. That way she gets her lesson taught to her by on the computer (I am not a math person) After reading tons of reviews, I decided to try Teaching Textbooks this year. I will let you all know how we like it later. 
Well that about sums it up. We are so excited to start homeschooling again this year. 

Thanks for visiting,



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