Our Curriculum for 2014-2015

We are a Classical Conversation family, which means that we follow a pretty structured curriculum that CC sets up. Last year was our first year and I had a really hard with how the lessons were set up – but the girls thrived! I took the summer to see what worked and what didn’t, and I figured out how to teach the material without losing my mind…which I think is something all homeschool moms are hoping to do! (grin)

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I have a shelf full of the *perfect* curriculum that I’ve purchased over the last 2 years and that ended up not working for us. This year, instead of buying the next great thing, I went old school and we are doing more with less.

For math we are sticking with Math U See for Sophie, and Bella is using some really great workbooks that I found at the Dollar Store. Yes, you read that correctly. The Dollar Store had a great selection and I picked up a few for Miss Bella this year.

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For History we are using the CC Cycle 3 History sentence prompt, and then I’m planning extra lessons around it using a lot of free printables and some library books to supplement. You can see what I have pinned to use here.

For Reading we will be doing a lot of read alouds with both girls. Sophie will be working on phonics and Bella the alphabet. Since we discovered American Girl Dolls, I found a fun reading guide that goes along with Caroline’s story. This should be a great introduction to chapter books for the girls. Sophie will continue with Handwriting without Tears and Bella will be starting on some great printables from CurrClick.

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For Science this beginning of this cycle is Anatomy. I wasn’t sure what we would be doing, but then managed to find some great lapbooks at the CurrClick site. They are easy and I can tailor them for both girls!

This cycle we are learning US Geography, which should be really fun! I found some great write on/wipe off maps from Kids Steals which will be perfect for the girls to learn where the states are and trace them. I also downloaded the 50 Copy Work from CurrClick which will help reinforce the states and capitols. I made a memory game for review as well!

CC also covers Latin, but we will just be reviewing the vocabulary – I’m not about to dive in-depth into a second language yet.

We will have our daily Bible time, using our Children’s Bible and Devotional, and that wraps up our list! We are using a lot of the library’s resources this year, and I’m looking for free or inexpensive materials online, instead of buying more boxed curriculum.