Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 Curriculum Outline

Happy Not-Back-to-School!!!

Today's our first day back.  I scheduled this post ahead of time.  I'll let you know how much enthusiasm I have after a few days.  :)

I think I've settled on a plan for the year.  I'm sure it will change at least five times throughout the year, but this is what we're going with for now.  Some of you may notice that while Ella is considered to be in 3rd grade, we will be following some of the suggestions for Waldorf 2nd grade.  That's because she has a September birthday and started public school quite early.  Since the Waldorf story list is recommended for a  specific developmental age, we are using those recommended for an eight year old in second grade.  We will continue our chronological study of history (we did ancient history through the dark ages last year), and we'll do 3rd grade math (no sense in backtracking there).  Everything else kind of falls where it falls.  It looks like a lot, but there's never a time when I'm doing all subjects at once.  We space things out and focus our attention on monthly blocks or units.

And don't ask me about Harper.  She's 3.  With littles, I consider it parenting, not preschool, so I'm not including her in our curriculum plans.  Not that we won't do anything.  The girl's gotta have stuff to do.  I'll be adding in more Montessori-type stuff later this fall, but I don't have a plan or anything for that.

2011 3rd Grade Curriculum Outline

Math - Math Mammoth, light blue series, grade 3 (switching from last year's Singapore Math)

Reading/Literature -
  • Saint and Hero stories; Aesop's fables; Trickster and Jataka Tales
  • oral reading practice, independent reading, and classics for read alouds

Writing -
  • form drawing (running and symmetrical forms)
  • introduction to cursive writing
  • Workbook -TCR Writing Paragraphs, grade 3
  • Reading and Writing Homeschool Group
  • copywork, journaling, letter writing, simple reports, lots of creative writing


Grammar - Workbook - TCR Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics, grade 3

History - (made from scratch units)
  • Medieval Period
  • Early Americans
  • Geography mini-units (including U.S. football geography!)

Science - 
  • nature and seasonal studies
  • gardening and herbal studies
  • camping and survival skills
  • lots of unschooling  :)

French - 
  • Hop, Skip, and Sing French songs & games
  • Lapin Malin CE1 (6-8 ans) dvd-rom (picked this up at a French Immersion school book fair, and so far Ella really enjoys it; it is, however, nearly entirely in French - yep, even the instructions - so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to someone with no French language experience)

Handwork - knitting & hand sewing

Art - weekly watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, and drawing sessions

Music - continue piano lessons

P.E./Health - 
  • Taekwondo (may drop this soon)
  • roller skating with homeschool group
  • park playdates, weekly with group
  • Oh, you know . . . lots of stuff

Join the 3rd Annual Not Back-to-School Blog Hop and share your curriculum plans for this year at Heart of the Matter.


  1. Hi Michelle - I am a HSC contributor too. Your bio made me giggle - my husband is from south Mississippi and he likes everything spicy too! I'm now following you!

  2. Looks great, Michelle!

    I want to know more about the made-from-scratch geography units - can you give us some pointers for assembling that kind of thing? (the football geography cracks me up)

  3. Jealous! I wish you all the best to a happy, successful start. (I'm still in limbo over here, you know.) Let me know if I can help you out with any aspect of that football geography! (AREN'T YOU SO HAPPY THERE'S FOOTBALL NEWS AGAIN?!?!?!)

  4. Thanks for visiting, Stef!

    Deb - I'll do a post as soon as I figure it out myself. All I know now is that I'm trying to tie in some geography studies with whatever stories or literature or other theme we're doing a few times throughout the year.

    Thanks, Amy, and yes, YAY, for FOOTBALL!!!!! I think I might have learned a few extra states sooner if I'd grown up watching anything other than just the Saints. :)

  5. Hello Fellow HSCer! I'm seriously impressedy by your fine arts offerings. (I don't know why I have such a hard time with implementing my fine arts choices in our school!)

    Looks like a great year, good luck! :)

  6. Hi, Cara! We spent a lot of time the second half of last year working art into our rhythm. I learned that if I make art a priority, I still make sure we do math and read and write and all of the other major subjects; BUT, if I just focus on the main ones, I never got around to art and it felt like a chore. Now that it's become a habit, I actually look forward to our weekly painting sessions!

  7. I hope you all have a great year! I love that you will do sewing and knitting. My daughter would love that.

  8. Football geography! What an awesome idea! So glad I stopped by. It looks like you're going to have a great year!

  9. Thanks, Jenny and Sally! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Thanks, Valerie! I know, like I needed another reason to be excited about football season, right? Now . . . it's educational! hehe :)

  11. I loved reading through your first year on HSC! It definitely helped calm my nerves as I start my first year!

  12. Aw, thanks! It actually helped me to write it out and see my own journey in writing. It was filled with ups and downs, but I wouldn't change a thing. I hope you have a wonderful first year also, and I look forward to reading all about it!


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