Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Boxes of Books

We are buried alive in books. Oh what a week! We sure do love books in this house. And books are piling up everywhere. Chloe's school books started arriving from Amazon and other sources this week and it is going to take every ounce of strength I possess to wait until Monday to start school. Just gazing at all these delightful books around me stirs within me the desire to begin right this minute. Oh, how I love school!

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And more are still to come. Wow! This is going to be a great year!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Weekly Schedule of Homeschool Subjects

Just thought I would share what our daily/weekly schedule will look like for first grade. I doubt this will change much over the next few years, but we shall see.


This year I will try having our Bible study time during breakfast, after we have completed our chores. In addition to the Bible study time I hope to start a quiet time with Chloe each morning. As soon as we wake up, she will sit beside me while I have my quiet time with the Lord and she can draw or write in her own journal. The point of this is so she can see me spending time with Jesus and can follow in my footsteps.

After quiet time, we will begin our chores. Once chores are complete we will sit down to breakfast and have our daily Bible study. After that, school will begin. I plan to do half of our subjects, then spend some time in physical activity and then finish up the school day before lunch. After lunch we will work on our handicrafts/home ec type stuff or go on a field trip or playdate.

Fridays will be our weekly subjects followed by a Tea Time with Mommy bible study. Each week we will have tea and do a small bible study. Every 6th week we will have a themed tea with decorations, crafts and everything to sum up our 6 week study. I am excited to see this unfold. First grade is going to be a great year!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Charlotte Mason Style First Grade Book List

I've been plotting and planning and scheming for over a week and I am now ready to share with you all our curriculum plan for first grade. I chose not to go with Sonlight's Curriculum Core this year to try and see if I can get something a little more tailored to the Charlotte Mason style of education. Don't get me wrong, I love their books, but I wanted to try something a bit different. We shall see how it goes. Planning your own curriculum can be quite burdensome so I used a lot of ideas from Charlotte Mason Help. What a delightful website. Check it out.

Bible
The Children's Storybook Bible
The Awesome Book of Bible Facts by Sandy Silverthorne
Wisdom and the Millers by Mildred Martin
Polite Moments by Gary Maldaner
A Virtuous Girl Bible Study by Michelle Zoppa (found here)
A Child's Book of Character Building Book 1 by Ron and Rebekah Coriell
Tea Party Bible Times for Mom and Me by Mary J. Murray

Poetry
Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Oxford's Book of Children's Verses by Iona and Peter Opie
Love Poems by Sara Teasdale
Children's Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett

Language Arts
Sonlight Year 2

World History (5000BC-400AD)
Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer
Pharaohs and Pyramids by T. Allen and Wingate
Ancient World (Usborne World History) by Fiona Chandler
Tut's Mummy Lost and Found by Judy Donnelly
Ancient Egypt Activity Book by Robyn Hamilton
Ancient Egypt/Book and Treasure Chest by George Hart
An Egyptian Craftsman by Giovanni Caselli
Who Were the Romans? (Usborne Starting Point History)

U.S. History
This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall
Leif the Lucky by D’Aulaire
A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
If you Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern
Pocohontas by D’Aulaire
Squanto, Friend of Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop
North American Indians by Gorsline

Geography
Paddle to the Sea by C. Holling
Tree in the Trail by C. Holling
Seabird by C. Holling

Natural History/Science
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
James Herriot's Cat Stories
Life in the Great Ice Age by Michael J. Oard
Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess
Everyday Things (Finding Out About) by Eliot Humberstone
Let's Find Out About Money by Kathy Barabas
From Tree To Paper by Wendy Davis
How is a Crayon Made by Oz Charles
What Makes You Ill by Mike Unwin
Why Do People Eat by Kate Needham
Animal Tracks by Arthur Dorros
101 Science Experiments by Neil Ardley
Various Field Guides (for Nature Studies)

If we have time we may get to...
Pasteur's Fight Against Microbes by Beverly Birch, Christian Birmingham
Space (DK) by Carole Stott
The Usbourne World of Animals by Susanna Davidson, Mike Unwin

Literature
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pippie Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Leah’s Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich
King of the Golden River by John Ruskin
Peter Pan by James M. Barrie
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Snow White and Other Fairy Tales by Grimm (Dover)
Mother West Wind's Children by Thornton Burgess
The Trojan Horse by Michael Eagle
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
The Middle Button by Kathryn Worth

Leisure Reading (we hope to get to but not part of the scheduled list)
Mary Poppins Comes Back (currently reading at bedtime)
Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle
Crackle Creek by Mary Elise Monsell
Miss Miranda by Shirley Marine
The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden
Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
Lily and Miss Libertyby Carla Stevens
The Boxcar Children Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Midnight in the Dollhouse by Marjorie Filley Stover
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore

Writing
Copywork from Bible, This Country of Ours and Readers
Handwriting without Tears First Grade

Math
Singapore 1

Health
Abeka 1

Music
Progressive Recorder Method for Young Beginner's: Book 1
Hymn study (2 hymns per term)
Holy, Holy, Holy
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
This is My Father's World
O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
How Firm a Foundation
Amazing Grace


Folksong
Grandfather's Clock
Clementine
Greensleeves
Yankee Doodle
The Fish of the Sea
Lavender's Blue


Composer Study
Bernstein Classics Cd
Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes, Karmen Thompson
Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf by Janet Schulman
Story of the Incredible Orchestra by Bruce Koscielniak
Swan Lake cd
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake/American Ballet Theatre DVD
Swan Lake by Lisbeth Zwerger
Ballerina – A step by step guide to ballet by DK Publishing
Opera Cat by Tess Weaver
Pet of the Met by Don Freeman
The Magic Flute: An Opera by Mozart by Kyra Teis
Mozart's Magic Flute cd
The Dog Who Sang at the Opera by Marshall Izen


Picture Study
Study 1 Artist per term
Renior
Mary Cassett
William Bouguereau

Foreign Language
First Thousand Words in French by Heather Amery
Songs in French for Children cd
Les Oeufs Verts au Jambon (Green Eggs and Ham) b Dr. Suess
Je t'aimerai toujours (I Love You Forever) by Robert Munsch
Ours Brun, Dis-Moi (Brown Bear, Brown Bear) by Bill Martin
La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) by Eric Carle
Play and Learn French (book and cd) by Ana Lomba

Shakespeare
1 play per term
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales by Alec McCowen

Drawing
I Can Draw Horses and Ponies by Joan Thomspon
What Can I Do Today by Ray Gibson
How to Draw Flowers by Barbara Soloff Levy
I Can Draw Animals by Ray Gibson
Draw, Write, Now: Book 1 by Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer

Physical Fitness
Home School Family Fitness by Bruce Whitney

I hope you enjoyed this peek into what our plans are for this next year of school. We start in a week! I can hardly wait!