2018-2019 Curriculum Choices – 1st and 3rd Grades

Our 2018-2019 School Year began back in July.  Perhaps not the most well timed start as we had a couple of major interruptions. But such is life, right?

I noticed a couple of weeks ago that I needed to make a few adjustments to the schedule and book selections. I think that I finally have things set to a good and reasonable flow for my younger students.

We do some studies all together and those things are not included in this post but will soon follow. The selections listed below are used with my Form 1 students.


Math Mammoth is used by both students at their appropriate level. I switched a few years ago to using Math Mammoth with my younger students and they are doing well. Not only do I appreciate the presentation of the math but the price is affordable as well. I also use Ray’s Primary Arithmetic. My 1B daughter really enjoys it and I think it works very well for mental math work. We use it once or twice a week.

Reading/Phonics Instruction:

My third grade/Form 1A student is working through the Treadwell Readers and has about two pages left in the First Reader. He will immediately move into the Second Reader. He is really enjoying these books and moving at a fabulous pace. Since I prefer a hard copy, I purchase copies from Amazon at a reasonable price. But you can access these readers for free online!

My first grade/Form 1B student is about a third of the way through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I love this resource and have used it for several children. Simple, straight-forward, short lessons are a win for me. All of my children who have used this book are excellent readers!


Beautiful Handwriting for Children by Penny Gardner is an italics handwriting program that I am using with multiple children. This resource covers print and cursive writing. It includes pages to practice letters, words, and then sentences. Additional blank pages for practice can be printed as well. The PDF download is only $10! My 1st and 3rd grader are working through the print pages at their own pace.

Within this post, the books highlighted link to Amazon. I choose to link to Amazon because they offer a great “look inside” feature that often allows you to read a few pages of a text. I have always found that helpful. However, I often use ThriftBooks.com because I find better pricing. It has helped my budget tremendously!


All of my children are studying 1650-1800. For my Form 1 students there is more of a focus on just the years of 1700-1800 with a slight bit of the “heroic age” tossed in for my 1st grader. A First Book of American History and Meet the North American Indians are our current history books. I am also including a historical fiction read aloud. We are currently reading Johnny Tremain. A couple of times a week, I read a chapter or two during lunch. In a separate post I will share the history free reads that are available to the children; these include picture books as well.


I have a few resources on hand for geography. We will be working through Paddle to the Sea by Holling C Holling as well as Charlotte Mason’s Elementary Geography. To add a bit of fun in the mix, I am including Blue Ridge Billy by Lois Lenski. Her regional stories of America show the beauty of the different ares and people! Naturally we will work with a few basic maps and use our wall maps often to locate places we read about.


Sam and Martha will be enjoying Pagoo by Holling C. Holling. This one is always a favorite! We are also reading A Drop of Water and doing some of the experiments shared in the back of the book.  This term our Special Study will be on trees and dragonflies. I may be adding in reading Tree and Shrubs by Arabella Buckley. I do not have a copy of this yet so we shall see if we work it in. Science is a favorite with Sam and he asks for it daily!


Form 1B typically includes Fairy Tales and Form 1A often incorporates Mythology if I am remembering correctly. I am alternating reading fairy tales and Greek myths. I am utilizing a copy I own of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. While I have D’ aulaires Book of Greek Myths on my wish list, I am trying to use what I have. I own Greek Myths by Oliva Coolidge and Usborne Greek Myths. Which one will I use? I’m not quite sure!

I am also reading Swallows and Amazon by Arthur Ransome. This was just a spur of the moment decision. I am fairly confident that my third grade kiddo is going to love it! I may also have him listen to the audio of Pilgrim’s Progress in the evening as he falls asleep.

I think that covers the Form 1 work for the coming term/year. This is such a delightful age. I love their insights and narrations on the things we read and observe. We do not read these books daily and some are not read even weekly. My goal is to spread a feast for my children. We are savoring it slowly.  My hope is that this might be helpful to someone. As time allows, I will try to share a weekly schedule for my Form 1 Students.


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Curriculum 2013 -2014 ~ Sixth Grade

Caleb, 11, is our young man handling sixth grade work this year. Initially, I had planned to have Caleb partner up with Lydia (5th grade). For various reason that didn’t work out so I adjusted and left Caleb “on his own” so to speak.

The year ahead for Caleb:

 Bible: Personal and Family Devotions/Bible Reading. He works with his dad twice a week and they have a few books/CDs that they read/listen to and discuss.


  • Saxon 6/5. He is almost done and could be finished quickly with a bit of motivation. 7/6 is on the shelf and waiting.
  • Life of Fred: Fractions – We have never used this before so right now I am having him do at least one lesson a week. Depending on how it goes, we may adjust.


  • IEW’s Fix It Grammar – He is slowly working through this. I think I’m going to pair it with a bit of grammar review in the coming months.
  • Spelling Widsom – This is for copywork and studied dictation. I love this resource!
  • IEW’s Student Writing Intensive A – He will be starting this in a week or so.

Apologia’s Elementary Anatomy & Physiology – Slowly progress is being made through this course. At first he was really interested but interest has waned. I may move him over to the Life Science Task Cards.

Ambleside Online Year 5 – Caleb loves to read and this is working well for him. We need to work on some follow through but overall it is going well. This covers history, geography, biographies, etc.

Memory Work – Scripture, poetry, songs,etc

Choir – Caleb will participate in a homeschool choir again this year.

PE – I really need to implement this and hold him accountable! Fine tuning his daily workout with his dad.Need to direct that energy.

What do I need to add? Foreign language; a shortcoming on everyone’s list.

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Beginning Geography – Timberdoodle

We recently joined up with Timberdoodle to review some of their fantastic products. Since our homeschool journey began, I have loved Timberdoodle!

When asked if I was interested in reviewing Evan-Moor’s Beginning Geography for K-2, I knew it would be perfect for my 5 and 7  year old daughters.

What is Evan-Moor Beginning Geography?

Beginning Geography is a three unit reporducible workbook available from Timberdoodle for $10.75. You are allowed to reproduce the copies you need for your family. As a homeschoolimg mom of 7, I love it being reproducible. It makes workbooks like Beginning Geography affordable for our family.

The three units cover map skills, landforms & bodies of water, and continents & oceans. There is a fourth section that shows the animals of the world. The animals of the world maps serve as a type of early atlas for young learners.

Each unit is independent from the others so you can work through them together or separately. The directions are clear and concise. My 7 year old loved being able to read the directions for her younger sister! The activities are simple yet engaging. I know my children love to cut and paste! There is a matching game to learn your landforms vocabulary which children can cut out and color all on their own.

Also included in Evan Moor’s Beginning Geography from Timberdoodle were two full color maps. Answers for all the worksheets are included in the back of the book for easy checking. I did it along with my children as my 7 year old is a new reader. However, for a fluent reader, this would be a great independent activity. Review and assessment sheets are included as well.

Overall Thoughts:

My girls and I both loved Beginning Geography. It is a great introduction to geography that teaches excellent skills and is simple and short. Perfect for the K-2nd grade crowd. It is one of my girls’ favorite parts of the day. They are always asking if it is time for geography.

Head on over to Timberdoodle to take a peek at the Beginning Geography workbook. Be sure to take a look around and see what other wonderful resources Timberdoodle has to offer. You will be so glad you did!

**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product from Timberdoodle for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.