Our 2013-2014 Curriculum

Our curriculum and other various resources we are using this school year. ūüôā


We will continue doing mostly Living Math, and will be using a variety of resources throughout the year. 

Miquon Math РThis is the core of our math.
I Love Math Books
Logic Links

Plus, ideas from my Living Math Pintrest board & living math books that we will borrow from the library. ūüôā You can find book lists¬†here,¬†here¬†and¬†here.

Language Arts

Brave Writer’s The Wand

Handwriting Without Tears

And of course, reading TONS of books. ūüėõ


Elemental Science: Elementary Biology

Required books for Biology:

Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals
DK First Human Body Encyclopedia
Plant Parts
Janice VanCleave’s Science¬†Around¬†the World
Janice VanCleave’s Biology for Every Kid

Intellego¬†Unit –¬†Evolution

And I can’t forget Beakman’s World!


Classical House of Learning¬†– Grammar Stage Ancients (FREE literature-based program.) Although, this curriculum offers a reading schedule that includes Story of the World, I’ve decided to skip that, but I am using¬†Ancient Civilizations History Pockets¬†with it.

I will be borrowing most of the Required Books for the course from the library, as well as the Optional Books.

Also, we will be using the First People Intellego unit study to start studying American History, along with read-alouds.

Geography & Social Studies

Intellego Units –¬†Maps¬†and Continents & Cultures

We will probably do misc. country studies as Haden shows interest too.


We will continue using our Usborne Art Coloring Book and Draw.Write. Now.


BLAM by Roy Lichtenstein


The PBS show Salsa.


The Kids’ Book of Questions¬†–¬†This book was¬†recommended in the book,¬†Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for¬†Parenting¬†Beyond Belief,¬†which¬†is¬†a really¬†awesome¬†book, BTW. I will be using it as a starting point towards having ¬†more thought provoking discussions with Haden and to encourage moral reasoning.

Usborne Encyclopedia of  World Religions

And (of course) we are taking classes through our co-op  too.



All about chickens in Life on the Farm class.


These are all websites that we love and utilize now. Just thought I would share the love. ūüėČ

Education Unboxed РOh, the amazing things you can do with Cuisenaire Rods.
Cool Math Games¬†– Cool math games. ūüėõ
Math Playground РMore cool math games.
Living Math РThe place to check out for living math resources.
Handbook of Nature Study Blog РI love their monthly newsletters because they include fun outdoor challenge grids and free notebooking pages to go with them.
Notebooking Fairy РLots of free notebooking pages.
Homeschool Share РFREE lapbooks!


Addison is doing a little bit of preschool this year. She already tags along with Haden during school sometimes, especially¬†science. She likes to sit at the table with us and work on puzzles or pages from her cut and paste book when we are working. I’m keeping it simple. I’m using lesson plans from Elemental Sciences series Learning Colors, Shapes, and ABCs through Science. I’ve started a Preschool Pintrest board to pull ideas from, and I’m taking a¬†literature-based unit study style approach with her using 50 Books to Enjoy with Your Children.


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