Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (updated 2013-14 curriculum)

Ha! Did I say I had planned our 2013-14 curriculum? I lied. I went to order some of the books and when I looked over them again I realized that Brady had already inferred or we had already covered a lot of  the material so I’ve done some revising (ok a LOT of revising :-p) and here’s where we stand now. Please note: many of these books I already own, I dvr’d “Liberty’s Kids”, Kahn Academy is free as are the K12 materials. I’m not spending nearly as much as this probably makes it look like I am, but I wanted to share the resources I’ve found (and these are not affiliate links so feel free to click through)

Language Arts:


K12 Language Arts Blue includes:

K12 Phonics Works Basic

K12 Read-aloud Treasury

K12 World Magazines

Handwriting Without Tears Get Set for School and Letters and Numbers for Me

K12 “All About Me”

Our Curriculum:

Reading: I’m going to go ahead and call the library our reading curriculum this year, I’m not particularly worried about this child reading lol

Reading Comprehension: Spectrum Reading 4 (and likely 5)

Spelling: Spectrum Spelling 3 (and likely 4)

Creative Writing: Rip the Page



Math+ K Blue

Our Curriculum:

Saxon Math 1 and Manipulatives Kit

After going back  and forth between Saxon and Math-u-See we finally decided to go with:

Miquon Math The Orange Book (and very likely The Red Book afterwards) with their cuisenaire rods

as well as The Complete Book of Math Grades 1-2 (to make sure we aren’t missing anything since Miquon does not follow the typical scope-and-sequence)

We made this decision because I was worried Saxon’s spiral would be confusing and/or boring for Brady and, while I thought their manipulative kit looked fun, we already have many of their hands-on materials. Miquon’s cuisenaire rods seem similar to Math-U-See’s manipulatives, but the initial investment is lower so I won’t feel as bad about changing if it doesn’t work for us.

We will also use Khan Academy for review and extra practice.



“What’s Alive?” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfel

“Animals in Winter” by Henrietta Bancroft & Richard G. Van Gelder

“The Big Dipper” by Franklyn Branley

“My Five Senses” by Aliki

Our Curriculum

Mudpies to Magnets

More Mudpies to Magnets

Everybody Has a Body

175 Science Experiments to Amuse and Amaze Your Friends

The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book

Make It Work: Body

You Can’t See Your Bones with Binoculars

All About People: How We Grow, How Our Bodies Work, and How We Feel


Growing, Growing Strong


Meet the Great Composers 1 and 2


Great American Artists


The Complete Book of Spanish



Latin for Children Primer A and Activity Book

World History:


Let’s Journey Around the World

Our Curriculum

DK History of the World

National Geographic History Book

Mankind: The Story of All of Us graphic novels

US History:

The Complete Book of  United States History

The Complete Book of Presidents and States

Indian Nations of North America

The Quilt-block History of Pioneer Days

Little House on the Prairie Books

Liberty’s Kids


The Complete Book of Maps and Geography

Discovery Kids Fabric Activity World Map

Scrambled States of America

And that’s probably way more than enough. 🙂

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