We have school year around, but since we don't try to maintain a full time schedule through the summer, the fall is still a time for getting into a routine again and beginning new curriculum. Last year my three year old started doing "school stuff" while I worked with her sisters in the mornings, but this year she'll be learning her letters as well as doing her usual painting, peg board, counters, modeling clay, etc. She's excited to begin doing some "big school stuff" with Mommy! Here's what we've got planned for this school year.
My 9 and 11 year old together:
My Father's World: Creation to the Greeks (this multi-age core curriculum includes Bible, history, science, art, and literature)
Learn to Cook
"Growing in Music" from Rod and Staff Publishers
The 11 year old:
Saxon Math 6/5
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 4
The 9 year old:
Saxon Math 5/4
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 3
Explode the Code, Books 3 and up
The 3 year old:
Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve
We're down to the last two books in the Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We've been reading these books for over a year (maybe closer to two), and I admit I'll be sad when it's over! I haven't decided what we'll read next, but we've talked about the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. I'm open to suggestions!
Like most plans around here, these are not written in stone. I'm liable to add to/take away from these as we find what works, what doesn't, or if I just come across something interesting that I want to try. With the exception of Saxon Math and Learn Your Letters, though, these are materials we've used before and I expect that they'll continue to work for us. I do intend to get a spelling curriculum for my 9 year old at some point, so that's at least one addition that will be made. All in all, I'm very excited about this year's line-up!