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.
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 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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Finally, our main logic spine will be Building Thinking Skills Level 1.