Hello! New to the COAH community… been silently searching and reading the posts for over a month. You all have been so helpful in my homeschooling journey! And you’ve been a great influence in my curriculum planning!
I have a bright 6, almost 7, -year old son going into 2nd grade, and a just turned 5-year old TK daughter who will be in Kinder. This was our first year homeschooling. I’m planning to keep them together for most subjects, but adjusting for my daughter’s age/abilities to keep her interested.
We’ve been doing Sonlight Core A this year. I need to take a gap year because my kids aren’t ready for Core B. But now that I’ve discovered so many other amazing curriculums, I may not go back to Sonlight.
First - tell me about hymn studies! I’m SO interested in adding this to our morning basket routine (MB Elementary Basket) which we will start in the fall. What site or plans do you follow for hymn studies? I’m looking for simple and straightforward with the music, please! Thanks so much!
I’m not planning a specific Bible subject, like with Sonlight. We will read the Word every morning from a variety of devotionals I already have, and the MB basket. Will add hymn study and scripture memorization to it… once I figure it out!
Second - how much is too much for bright, school loving kids? I had already ordered curriculum for next fall through our charter before I discovered Master Books, Beautiful Feet and Grammar Galaxy. Both of my kids love workbooks, so I’m trying to give them workbooks without too much busywork, and have been working on CM style narration of what they’re learning.
For 2nd grade LA, I have on hand Explode the Code (books 4-8), Handwriting Without Tears Grade 2 (cursive, and Building Writers), Spelling You See level C: Wild Tales, Grammar Galaxy Nebula, and I’m really considering buying Master Books Language Lessons for a Living Education LLFLE 2 or 3.
Kinder daughter has HWOT Kinder and SYS A: Read and Write. I am still very interested in adding MB LLFLE 1 or Foundations Phonics, depending on where she’s at with learning to read over the summer.
Is this too much? What about looping the LA materials over a week? Using LLFLE and cursive handwriting every day, and alternating the GG, SYS, and ETC? Should I just forsake some of the curricula?
For math, my son will continue Singapore Math, Dimensions Math 2A/2B, and 3A/3B for now. He’s loving it and math has never been a source of tears. My daughter will finish the KA level of Dimensions Math before I will move her either into Math Lessons for a Living Education (MLFLE 1) or the new Master Books math K level which hasn’t been released yet.
For Social Studies/History/Geography, I already ordered the Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Geography for Grade 2/K for map work. I have the Beautiful Feet Early American History Primary Instructors Guide with all the books, and at least part of the MFW Adventures curriculum (a few books, patriotic cd, ect). I’m planning to use Master Books My Story 1 for both kids and supplement with the BF living books.
For Science, I’m leaning heavily on scrapping my original plans and just using the Master Books God’s Design Beginners or the not yet released Adventures in Creation.
Am I crazy for trying to do this much? Is it too much? I value your feedback! Thanks again