Curriculum

I plan to pull from a wide variety of materials, methods, and styles. I like to call it Gumbo Homeschooling. A little of this, a little of that, mix it up, taste, reseason.

As always, I reserve the right change my mind and shift gears as often as I see the need to do so. Flexibility is the key to my survival in this house.

Curriculum (2015-2016)



2nd grade - Harper (7 ½ yrs)


Math -
  • Singapore Math 2A & 2B
  • Life of Fred - Elementary Series (Apples & Butterflies, maybe Cats)

Reading/Phonics -
  • Explode the Code 3 & 4
  • beginning reading
  • sight words
  • fables, folk tales (Jakata tales & Anansi tales), & myths

Writing -
  • Copywork & Dictation
  • Bravewriter - Jot It Down projects


7th Grade - Ella (12 yrs)


Math -
  • Life of Fred - Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics & Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology
  • Khan Academy

Reading/Literature -
  • Assigned novel each month + lots of free reading 

Writing/Spelling/Grammar -
  • copywork, dictation, & notebooking
  • lots of self-directed creative writing
  • Bravewriter - Partnership Writing projects
  • Wednesday Word Games 

History & Geography -
  • Louisiana geography
  • The Story of Mankind - Ancient History
  • Crash Course videos

Science -
  • Joy Hakim's The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way
  • Biology - Crash Course videos


Subjects Studied Together


History & Geography -
  • Story of the World 1 - Ancient History (w/activity book for maps)

Science -
  • R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Biology 1
  • Nature Study

French -

Handwork -
  • knitting 
  • sewing 

Art -
  • Art Together
  • painting & drawing 
  • form drawing 
  • nature journaling 

Music -
  • Folk Music
  • Traditional music of different countries
  • Louisiana music & musicians

P.E./Health -
  • taekwondo (Harper only) 
  • yoga, hiking, bike riding, exercise cards