This is the first year I will be straight home schooling without CAVA, here is our curriculum plan.
- Key to Decimals
- Key to Fractions
- Key to Percents
- Kumon Multiplication grade 3
- Kumon Division grades 3 & 4
- Multiplication and Fraction puzzles
- Free worksheets from various web sites like this one.
This probably seems like an odd choice to some for math. I couldn’t find a math program that I fell in love with so I decided to mix and match a few things. I have been looking for a good math curriculum since November because I didn’t care for the math program that she was using with CAVA and every time I kept getting drawn back to the Key to series. AJ is very good at math and really enjoys workbooks. I like that each topic is broken into smaller workbooks and that there are worked examples for each lesson. This math takes one topic and covers it from the basics to an advanced level. While using this math program she might not be learning exactly what her peers in school are learning but by the time she finishes middle school she will have studied most of the same topics. She will be doing the Kumon books because she has not yet memorized her multiplication tables. She can do multi digit multiplication with no problem if she uses a chart, but I want her to become very comfortable with both multiplication and division. These books provide a lot of repetition which I am hoping will get those times tables to stick. Since there is more to learn in fifth grade that fractions, decimals, and percents, I will also be using some free worksheets to make sure that other topics are covered as well.
- Writing Strands Level 3
Writing is an area that AJ struggles with a little. After looking at quite a few programs, we decided to give Writing Strands a try. It looks like it will be a very good fit. She has already completed the first two lessons and didn’t complain at all.
- We will continue with Soaring with Spelling level 5. As of now I am still happy with this program.
Language Arts and Literature:
We will be doing the Prairie Primer unit study. Throughout the study she will read the entire Little House on the Prairie series along with biographies, and other books. I like that it is using real literature to learn from instead of little stories that don’t hold AJ’s interest. We are looking forward to starting Little House in the Big Woods soon.
We will also be using workbooks from Flash Kids that cover reading comprehension and reading skills to make sure all of the major topics are covered.
As of now we will not be using a specific grammar program. The Writing Strands program covers some grammar and the Prairie Primer touches on it as well. Once we get into our routine with school we may add in a grammar program, only time will tell.
History will be studied using living books. We will be doing lap books, reports, and projects to go along with the different areas that we will be studying. Some topics we will learn about are….
- States and Capitals
- State History
- John Brown & Harper’s Ferry Rebellion
- Louisiana Purchase
and a lot more.
Science will also be studied using living books. Here are some things we will be learning about:
Properties of Fire
States of Matter
- Water Cycle
- Breathing and lungs
- Systems of the body
- bead work
- candle making
For the first time we will be doing a Bible study. It will be covered by the Prairie Primer as well. It will cover a lot of character qualities and include some memory work. I think it will go well.
We have a full year ahead of us but I am excited and think the year will go well. I thought long and hard before I purchased the curriculum that I did and hope it all works out well for us.