Curriculum: Homeschool School Year 2011-12

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Although our year officially began on April 1st, I never got around to writing out our school curriculum for the 2011-12 school year here on the blog. So, with everyone else seeming to begin their school year within the next few weeks, I thought I'd do that now.

We have actually yet to purchase new math books. I usually go with Saxon but I don't think I will this year. I'm using regular school textbooks this year for Lorelai. She seems to do better with those. With Alexis, who has A.D.D. and therefore struggles with mathematical concepts, we're just focusing on reinforcing some of those concepts so that we can move her into pre-algebra, seeing as this year would be "8th grade" if she were a public school student.

Copywork and Dictation
Lorelai's copywork will be teaching cursive handwriting. I didn't do as much transcription with her in Year 2 as I probably should have. So we're going to do that this year as well. The idea, of course, being to move her from copywork towards dictation.

Alexis' will continue with dictation. I'm going to have her begin a Book of Mottoes as well. She will take from her dictation beautiful and memorable quotes, scriptures, passages and save them to her book and continue building that throughout her high school years.

Lorelai is working in English for the Thoughtful Child Vol 2.
Alexis is working in Analytical Grammar.

Alexis is using Mavis Beacon Typing Deluxe for her typing this year.

Character Building
I'll admit I'm having a challenge here. Of course, from our Bible studies we learn how we ought to behave and what virtues we should have in order to be followers of Christ. However, I'd love a book that breaks down by virtue.. respect, attentiveness, etc.  I am attempting to find something which breaks them down that will help me define and discuss/teach the girls.

We will continue with Sign Language and Spanish this year. Alexis seems to have a keen interest in Chinese and Japanese as well. I don't know if we can take on two more languages, however!

History and Geography

History: Joshua—Malachi; Ancient Greece using Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece
Geography: Middle East and Asia for which we will continue using A Child’s Geography Vol. 2

Scripture Memory
We will be adding the following scriptures to our scripture box

Genesis 9:6; 50:20; Psalm 46; 96:7–9; Proverbs 3:5–7; 6:6–8; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 1:37; John 15:12; 1 Corinthians 4:2; 9:25; 14:40; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Ephesians 4:1–3; Philippians 4:19; Colossians 3:13; 1 Timothy 2:1, 2; 5:21; 2 Timothy 1:16, 17; Titus 2:11–14; 3:2; Hebrews 5:14; 11:6; James 2:1; 4:7

Lorelai:  Rascal; Misty of Chincoteague; Stormy, Misty’s Foal; Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague; Just So Stories

Alexis: Little Britches; Man of the Family; The Home Ranch; Mary Emma and Company; The Fields of Home; Shaking the Nickel Bush; The Dry Divide; Horse of a Different Color

Poet and Poetry Studies
Christina Rossetti

Artists and Art Studies
Claude Monet; Rembrandt; Paul Paul C├ęzanne
(specific pieces to be named each term)

Composers and Music Studies
Bach, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff
(specific pieces to be named each term)

We will continue our photography. This year we've also added food photography due to my new cooking/recipe blog.

The Comedy of Errors

Do you have a written curriculum for the year? What are your plans? If you have a link to your blog, share it!  And be sure to visit others in the blog hop by clicking the button below!

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Happy Homeschooling!


  1. Love reading what you are doing with homeschooling...macro and micro!  :)

    I'm afraid my list ended up in a series of posts:

    Grade 3 overview:
    Breakdown of AOY2 (for 3rd grader):

  2. Looks like it's all coming together for you!

  3. Looks like a good solid year.  I recently posted my curriculum choices for this coming school year.

  4. Cris C7/26/2011

    Great post! We start our school year in a few weeks =)

  5. Looks like a great line up!  Stopping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop!

    I blogged about our 2011-2012 curriculum

  6. Michelle7/28/2011

    Have you ever heard of the Institute in Basic Life Principles? They have individual character booklets entitled; "How to Develop Attentiveness, "... Obedience," "... Truthfulness," "... Gratefulness," "...Orderliness," and "... Diligence." I also love the book A Girl of Beauty: Building Character in Young Girls.   I love to read what other people are doing/studying.  Our family loves the Little Britches series that Alexis will be reading this year. My children and I listened to them all on CD in the car last year. They are huge favorites! Good luck!

  7. Michelle,
    Thanks so much for the suggestion! I'm definitely going to look into that.

  8. Oh well do share what you're doing!

  9. Cajunrose7/31/2011

    Looks like a great year! I haven't heard of a lot of that curriculum. I'll have to check it out!

  10. It's the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling. Most of us create our own curriculum. I've stopped doing that due to time constraints (single, working mom) and I've started using Simply Charlotte Mason and adapting it to our family.

  11. Hey again!  Have I told you today I love your blog?  hee hee!  enjoy the hop!

  12. Well.. you have now!! *LOL*  Thanks! I'm so flattered that my humble little blog is so loved. :-)

  13. and might I add.. I get a LOT of traffic from your blog!

  14. :) This is me smiling! have a great night!

  15. Thanks for sharing your plans - I'm just dropping by with the Not back to school blog hop.  We use Character First for intentionally breaking down what character looks like.  You can also get much of this material (though not the hands on lessons) for free at

  16. Hi!  This is my first visit to your blog.  I learned a lot from what you are using with your children this year.  I have a suggestion for your character building resources.  We are using some of the resources from for growing Godly characters in our children.  I am writing my own curriculum this year and using lots of the activities and lessons from to go with it.  Didn't know if that might help you as well...their books have great Bible study things for the older children as well as younger and for family worship/study.

    Thanks again for sharing what you are doing.  I will definitely be back! Visiting from the Not Back to School Blog Hop! :D


    Mrs Mary Joy Pershing

  17. Visiting from the hop, hope you guys have a super year.

  18. Thanks for the input! I'm looking into all suggestions!

  19. Thanks for the feedback and input. I love the homeschool community! You're all so very helpful. :-)

  20. Lynn W8/04/2011

    Hi!  Sounds like a good year.  I don't know if this will help or not, I came across it at another blog.  It's:  It is a free curriculum by Focus on the Family.  It goes through a lot of character traits and relates them to the Bible.  Some of the activities may be too young for your oldest child, but there are a lot to choose from.  Anyways, you may want to check it out.  Lynn (EclecticEducation)

  21. Thanks for the input! I have lots to research on this matter!

  22. I recently started using Character Building for Families by Lee Ann Rubsam.  It's sorted by each virtue, requires no prepraration... just sit down with your Bibles and enjoy.  A speaker at a homeschool convention recommended it, and it's my favorite find from the convention. I enjoyed reading about your plans for the year. :)


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