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A New Homeschooling Curriculum

So, my “curriculum” for this summer, yes, you read that right, is going to be Sonlight’s P4/5 Core. I want to try to do this on my own, but Sonlight’s book selection and early development handbooks seemed too good to be true, so I am going to try it out and see if it it just perfect for our family. If it is, then I will consider purchasing their Core K this fall. Otherwise, I have selected:

Bible: The Children’s Illustrated Bible and the CM Method of Bible Memory
Reading: The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading and the Bob Book collection (along with plenty of library visits)
Read-Alouds: I have a very large list from several different sites and will just pull off from that list a week or two at a time. This is truly going to be the bulk of our homeschool time.
Writing: Zaner-Bloser. This font is just soo pretty, but if Jordyn can’t handle it, then we’ll switch to Handwriting Without Tears.
Math: Saxon K with manipulatives and these wooden pattern blocks. (Yes, this is an optional activity for my daughter…no pressure here. REALLY.)
Science: Everybody Has a Body: Science from Head to Toe and Mudpies to Magnets. (I think Jordyn will like these, but again…they are completely optional)
Other/Character Development: Polished Cornerstones, a character development for young girls, and Hymns for a Kid’s Heart (all four sets)

So there you have it! I also plan on getting out of the house weekly. Library trips are a good start and we’ll search out other field trips as time and budget allow. I think this is a particularly good start for homeschooling and a good test for me to see how well I’ll do with a multi-subject curriculum. I am looking forward to doing all of this and I know that Jordyn is too. If you have any recommendations or cautions, let me know…


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