This year is no different, and because of some other changes we have made, it has at times felt more topsy-turvy than ever - but I am thrilled to share that we are now in a really good place and I could not be happier about the curriculum we have chosen for our rising second grade son and sixth grade daughter. Let me share it with you by topic so you can see how what we chose actually flows and works together in the big picture.
At the same time, my sixth grade daughter is ready to start digging into the Bible on her own. For that, she will go back and forth between the Discover 4 Yourself series, by Kay Arthur, and the Trek middle school curriculum from Awana. (Having attained the Timothy Award last year for completing four Awana books since third grade, she is eager to keep going with the goal of receiving the Citation Award by the end of high school!) No church in our area has an Awana program after fifth grade, so we will just do this on our own!
This year, we will be using Christian Kids Explore Biology from Bright Ideas Press in the fall, and Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space in the spring. My plan is to do science twice a week, and to do one full chapter each day. We will read the chapter together and do the hands-on activity included. (If we were just using one book, I would be doing the reading on one day and the hands-on activity on the next day.)
That will be enough for my second grader. Later, during her independent time, my sixth grader will do some additional work for her science notebook, including some extra reading and research on the topic.
Those activities will be sufficient for my second grader, but my sixth grader will go a bit deeper in her independent time by reading a related book, making memory cards about the events we study, and sometimes doing an additional research activity.
First, language includes grammar. My second grader will be using First Language Lessons, Level 2 for this, and my sixth grader will be using Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind.
Second, language includes writing. For my second grade reluctant writer, we will be using Writing With Ease, level 1. My daughter is using Writing With Skill, Level 1. (I have heard this is intended for fifth grade, but I have also heard that it is challenging for fifth grade. We are going into this from two years of instruction with materials from Institute for Excellence in Writing, which is good, but different, so I'm happy to be starting from the beginning of this series.)
Third, language includes logic. The formal teaching of logic is something we are saving for seventh grade, so not yet this year, but we regularly include different kinds of "logic puzzles" in week to challenge their brains and stimulate this kind of thinking in the future.
Finally, language includes Latin right now. I am not waiting until third grade to begin a Latin curriculum with my son, but my daughter will be continuing with First Form Latin from Memoria Press, which she began last year in an online class with True North Homeschool Academy.