This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

Come along for the good, the bad & the ugly.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Our 2009-2010 Curriculum

The Not-Back-To-School Blog Hop hosted by Darcy starts this week and I finally have the girl's curriculum choices down. This will be our first year homeschooling with our girl's coming out of private schooling. We just moved from WA State to the Hampton Roads area in Virginia and upon researching schools in our particular neighborhood/city I was not at all impressed. Private school is out of the question too since we are keeping our house in WA and going down to just Mike's income with me not providing childcare anymore.
This being our first year I was a bit overwhelmed with all the curriculum choices. At first we were going to choose Abeka DVD but God kept sending me back to Sonlight's program. In the end, through much prayer, we are going with Sonlight's. The girls and I love to read so it is going to be a great fit. We are going to be starting school on the 31 August, giving us at least 2 weeks to get settled in and hopefully get the kinks out before Miss McKenzie decides to make her grand entrance. I procrastinated in placing our order last week with my husband arriving back home from deployment and all, so I will be ordering on Wednesday morning so we can have our Box Day next week when we get back in town.

Here's what we will be learning:

Montana (P3):
Sonlight Core P3/4
Letter recognition & sounds, Alphabet book
Number recognition & counting
Color recognition
Writing name- 2nd half of year
Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish 1
Awana Cubbies book 1
Renaissance School of the Arts Co-op- Preschool Activities
Playing and having fun!!!!

Mikayla and Madison will be doing Core 1 together and then will have their individual subjects for Language Arts, Handwriting, and Math. Here's what they will be learning together:

History & Geography- Sonlight Core 1 Introduction to World History, Part 1
Bible 1- Scripture memorization from Mark, Genesis, Exodus, Philippians, Psalms and Proverbs
Science- Basic introductory studies in such fields as meteorology, biology, electricity, soil science, astronomy, physiology, and hydrology with 30 experiments throughout the year, Science FAIR (November)
Foreign Language- Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish 1
Art- Exploring Landscapes with Children, World of Play
Music- Bernstein Favorites: Children's Classics
PE- Gymnastics (team), Co-op PE

Mikayla (1st):
Language Arts- Readers 1, Explode the code 1,2,& 3
Math- Saxon Math 1
Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting, book A
AWANA- Sparkies book 2
Renaissance School of the Arts Co-op- Early Elementary Music

Madison (3rd):
Language Arts- Readers 2 Intermediate, MCP Plaid Phonics level C, Wordly Wise 3000 book 3
Math- Saxon Math 3
Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting, book C (cursive)
AWANA- Truth in Training (TNT), book 1
Renaissance School of the Arts Co-op- Drawing, Building, & Creating

Marie (7th):
History & Geography- Sonlight Core 6- Intro to World History, Part 1 with Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World
Bible- Scripture memorization from 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Jonah, the narrative portions of Job, the Gospel of Luke, the Acts of the Apostles, and St. Paul's letter to the Galatians
Science- Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science, Science FAIR (November)
Lit- History Readers
Spelling- Sequential Spelling, Misspelled words from writing
Writing- Papers from History, Science, Dictations
Vocabulary- Wordly Wise 3000, book 6
Grammar- Grammar Ace
Logic- Fallacy Detective & Analogies 1
Math- Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra
Foreign Language- Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish 1
Art- Draw Today
Music- Classical Music,Volume 1
PE- Field Hockey???, Co-op PE
Renaissance School of the Arts Co-op- Fashion/Fiber Arts & Design 1, Sewing projects
Weekly Youth Group


  1. Looks great! You will love Sonlight! Your girls are adorable!

  2. You will love Sonlight! We are Air Force...have a great year!

  3. What a beautiful family you have. Thank y'all for serving our country. May God bless you!!!!

    Looks a busy yet productive year lies ahead for y'all.

  4. I bet you won't be disappointed with Sonlight. I hope you all have a wonderful first year. And, I want to second Jenn -- thank you for your family's service to our country.

  5. I have heard phenomenal things about Sonlight - I think you made a great choice for your family!

    What a joyful time for your family! Hubby back from deployment, a new little one on the way and embarking on a new adventure together in homeschooling!

    Thank your husband for his service! My hubby was an AF pilot for 20+ years and my father as well. I'm so proud of our servicemen.

  6. i am so excited for you and the girls! i wish we were closer so we could co-op. i will keep you posted on our final choices. thanks for all of your help. aj

  7. Sonlight user here!

  8. Core 1, when my oldest two kids were 3rd and 1st grades, was my favorite Sonlight year (so far :D). Thank you for sharing, and after you get your order placed I hope you come introduce yourself on the Sonlight forums.

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