Better late than never, here is my annual curriculum post for our homeschool year. This is the fourth year we will be using Mater Amabilis as our spine for our curriculum. Jude is level 2 Year 1 for 4th grade and Annika will be doing level 1A Year 1 for 2nd grade. Zane is 4 and doing preschool again this year. His routine is pretty similar to last year. Here is what we are using this year and our schedules.
Annika and Zane will both be participating in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program through the Catholic home school group we are members of. This is Annika’s third year and Zane’s second year.
57 Stories of Saints for Jude
Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, Vol 1 and 2 for Annika
The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children for both Jude and Annika
Jude is also reading a saint biography each term this year. Jude choose Saint Pio of Petrelcina: Rich in Love for his first book this term.
The past 2 years we have used P.A.C.E. Program for Achieving Character Education which we enjoyed, but this year we decided to use Laying Down the Rails for Children: A Habit-Training Companion for our character training and we are loving it!
Faith and Life Grades 2 and 4
Celebrating the Mass Lesson Plans from Catholic Toolbox
Annika will be preparing for his first Confession and Communion this year, these are the resources we are using.
First Communion Days
Sacrament of Holy Eucharist Lapbook
Sacrament of Confession Lapbook
St. Joseph Picture Books: Going to Confession, The Holy Eucharist, and Receiving Holy Communion
We will also continue to use the following resources to plan our liturgical year activities.
The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions
Math in Focus Grades 1,2, and 3.
I am also use Math Mammoth when the kids need extra practice in a particular area. For math fact drills we are using Xtramath and Math Fact Cafe. We also enjoy the games in the Righstart Math Games Book.
Annika is using MCP Plaid Phonics Level B
After using All About Spelling for the past 2 years I did not feel like it was good fit for us. We are using Spelling Wisdom this year for Jude.
Intermediate Language Lessons for Jude
Primary Language Lessons for Annika
Handwriting Without Tears Annika is working in the Second Grade book and Jude Fourth grade. This is our fourth year with this handwriting program and it works really well for us.
Jude and Annika also have copywork selections for handwriting practice.
Jude will be completing written narrations daily for history, religion, geography, literature, and science.
Jude and Annika will read one book per term.
Jude will start studying Shakespeare and will listen to retellings of The Tempest, Macbeth, and As You Like it.
Jude is reading The Adventures of Odysseus and Tales of Troy
Annika is listening to Classic Myths to Read Aloud
Annika is listening to stories from English Fairy Tales
Once weekly we are having Poetry Tea Time. Jude and Annika pick a poem at the beginning of the week from books either from the library or The Harp and Laurel Wreath. They then practice recitation of the poem during the week and recite their poems during a mid morning tea on Friday.
Jude is doing science following the lesson plan on Mater Amabilis for Science in Ancient Greece
Annika is completing Noeo Science Biology 1
For Annika: Studies on Mountains and Volcanoes and Weather and Climate from The Earth: The Geography of our World and other books and resources.
State Scrapbooks inspired by ideas found at Shower of Roses Our second year for our state scrapbooks. The kids really enjoyed working on these last year.
For Jude: American Geography Paddle-to-the-sea and Seabird.
Term Books for Jude: The Cay, Secret of the Andes, and Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa.
Jude and Annika are completing their second year of American History using books from Shower of Roses American History Plans .
Book selections for Jude and Annika from Connecting with History Volume 2
Jude is reading Famous Men of Ancient Greece
Annika is listening to the Old Testatment stories from the New Catholic Picture Bible
Weekly nature walks and nature notebook
Music Masters We will be studying Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven this year. We will continue to use picture books to learn about the composers as well as listening to their music and completing notebooking pages.
Making Music Praying Twice
Choir once a week through our homeschool group
Picture Study along with Artist Notebooks and Picture Books
Vincent Van Gogh
Henri Rousseau and Georges Seurat
Art projects twice weekly. I have several art project books to choose projects from. Jude and Annika also have access to the art supplies to work with when they are inspired. We will continue participating in the Family Artventure at the Wichita Art Museum.
Drawing with Children- We will continue to use the Lesson Plans from Donna Young’s Website.
Extra Curricula Activities
Learn Spanish with Grace
Dance Mat Typing
Working on basic sewing school for both Jude and Annika using the lessons at Kids Sewing Projects
Annika is working on knitting a scarf.
Jude is learning is learning about photography. He will take pictures through the school year learn some editing skills, and put together a photo book at the end of our school year.
Physical Fitness: Swimming Weekly, Gymnastics Weekly for Annika and Zane, Wall Climbing, Outside Time, and Exercise Videos.
Our Daily Schedule School Schedule and Afternoon Schedule