I am a wanderer. I love a curriculum, but then I wander because I see a great review of something else. I always come back to my first curriculum love–Heart of Dakota. It seems to be the only curriculum that satisfies my educational goals and teaching style We have used 4 of their guides. Something new and enticing comes out every year to tempt me, but my heart belongs to HOD. I need to just surrender and stop my wandering eyes. So here are my official choices this year. I will not be doing all of these things every day!
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History/Science/Bible Heart of Dakota Creation to Christ. I love that HOD uses living books for history. My kids have learned so much through our read aloud times–even though CTC suggests having the student read the books independently, I will be reading them aloud. Buddy is not ready to read at that level and Pickles is more of an auditory learner. Besides, I enjoy our relaxing times reading together. Science this year utilizes Apologia’s Zoology 3: Land Animals of the 6th Day. I already own this, so now I will finally be using it! I also really like the cementing of information through notebooking.
Amanda Bennett Unit Studies Throughout the year, we take occasional breaks from the norm and do unit studies. I have found Amanda’s studies to fit the bill for what we need.
Art and Music We will be taking co-op classes to meet these requirements.
Pickles 5/6 grade
Math She asked to go back to Horizons this year. We’ll see how it goes. This has been our hardest area to find a suitable fit.
Grammar Winston Grammar
Reading/Lit. BJU Reading 6 Pickles is not a big reader so I decided to go the textbook route here. I read aloud a lot, but she needs smaller chunks with comprehension checks. This will be my first time using a textbook!
Thinking Skills Critical Thinking Company Building Thinking Skills 2 She is finishing this up from last year, it’s a big book!
Word Study Critical Thinking Company Word Roots A1
P.E.. Pickles takes tap and jazz dance and gymnastics, she is also on a very aerobic worship team
Buddy 3rd grade
Math He will finish out Math U See Gamma and move on to Delta
Grammar Winston Grammar
Reading–our main focus this year. All About Reading Level 2, hoping to move on the 3 when it is available, lots of reading together
Thinking Skills Critical Thinking Co. Building Thinking Skills 1, finishing up from last year
P.E. gymnastics, tap dance