It’s that time of the year again! I’m sharing our curriculum choices over on my channel this week. Today will focus on second-grade & fourth-grade choices with eighth-grade & history/science coming on Thursday.
Are you looking for ideas for first, third or seventh grade? You can find our plans for the current year here.
We will continue with Math Mammoth in the fall. I have used it with my oldest as well as my youngest. He will do level 2B in the fall. Come spring, we may switch to Beast Academy 2A, I have to look at it after publication to see if he’ll be ready for it.
Maps, Charts & Graphs C (Communities) plus Map Skills Made Fun will be our geography for next year. I have used Maps, Charts & Graphs for years with Elizabeth. It provides a strong foundation for map skills but, since it’s a bit dry, Map Skills Made Fun will keep geography from being a dreaded subject next year. [Curriculum Spotlight for Maps, Charts & Graphs]
Next year will be Matthew’s first year with a spelling program. I will use Spelling Workout B with him. I used it for the first time last spring with Benjamin and I think it will be a good fit for Matthew as well. [Curriculum Spotlight for Spelling Workout]
Phonics will be our long-used, tried-and-true, never-let-me-down Explode the Code. I have used this curriculum with all three kiddos. The lowest prices for it are at Rainbow Resource. I am not a fan of the online program but the basic books (1-8) and the pre-reading books (Get Ready, Get Set, Go) are fantastic. We will start next year with book 3 and probably stop after book 5, depending on how well Matthew is reading at that point.
We will switch from A Reason for Handwriting to Pentime (Transition level) next year. I started Pentime with my third-grader this spring. I like A Reason for…and I’ve used it for years but I like Pentime just as well and it’s half the price! [Curriculum Spotlight for A Reason for Handwriting]
First Language Lessons Book 2 will be our grammar choice. This is another one that I have used with all three kiddos. I love the gentle introduction to grammar & narration. Cuddling on the couch while we learn…it doesn’t get much better! This was also my gateway into the world of classical education & all things Susan Wise Bauer. [Curriculum Spotlight for First Langauge Lessons]
When he is ready for it, I will start Matthew on the MENSA for Kids Reading List. The K-3 list has a variety of reading levels on it, so we will start with the most basic ones and work from there.
Finally, our main logic spine will be Building Thinking Skills Level 1.