Our 2011-12 4th Grade Curriculum

Quick note:  Yesterday I outlined my current attempt at lesson planning.  I’m satisfied with it so far {then again, I’ve only been using it a few days}, and think I’ve devised a way to deal with any lessons that don’t get completed the day they’re “supposed” to.  However, you never really know until that problem arises.  At any rate, I recently read this post at Learning How Much I Don’t Know about the way Shonya {another “frustrated perfectionist”} is now doing her lesson planning.  It addresses this very common issue in homeschooling.  I like the idea, but I prefer my stuff on the computer.  If I find my way isn’t working {which is quite possible}, I might look at devising a way to use Shonya’s idea on the computer.  Anyway, you should go read it; it’s super awesome!

That wasn’t really quick…  Well, on to the main event!

It’s that time of year when many of us start researching curriculum for the coming year. Even if you’re sticking with what you’ve been using, there’s still some level of planning that goes into the process.

I know curriculum is an extremely personal matter, but I know I’ve enjoyed seeing what others use {and have even copped a few ideas for myself} and thought that I would post our curriculum for 2011-12.  Quite a few people post this at the beginning of the school year, but I thought I’d post it now in case anyone would like to use any of the information in making their purchasing decisions.

Without further ado, here is what we’ll be using next school year:

Math
Literature
Language Skills
(Grammar, Composition, Wordly Wise)
History
Science
Spelling
All About Spelling
Handwriting
Music
Geography
Art

I can’t wait to start next year!  I’ve learned over the past couple of years that for our family, a one-size-fits-all curriculum doesn’t work.  We love K12 overall {we are K12 Independent, so we don’t have to worry about the Virtual Academy stuff}, but it wasn’t working for music, spelling, and math.

Midyear we switched to Math U See and All About Spelling, and Babydoll and I have both enjoyed them.  Quaver, Audio Memory, and Top Secret Adventures will all be new to us, but I’ve read and seen a lot of great things about each of them.

In the near future I will be posting a little bit about each curriculum/subject:  what my experiences have been, if I haven’t used it yet-what I’ve read about it, and any other useful information.

Who else is excited about next year?  What will you be using?

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