We are about to say, “Hello” to 3rd Grade! I went nuts researching what curriculum would be right for our daughter. One of my biggest things was she must see her own likeness in her books. If there were no black children present, we weren’t doing it PERIOD! Also, I live in a state where the laws are very flexible for parents to teach and pick whatever curriculum we want. Every district has FRAMEWORKS that they follow. (You can google frameworks in your county and see everything they are teaching.) I choose to follow Massachusetts frameworks because they seem to be the best in the country at this time.
I started off wanting to do a video school but was like why should I pay $1,500.00 for kindergarten and first grade. Now at second grade, I see it doesn’t have to be that expensive. I don’t think I have spent more than $300 a year including field trips, and the great thing is when homeschooling you don’t have to purchase all at once. My biggest fear when I started was am I sure we are doing enough? Was she getting as much as children in school? What I found is she is getting WAY MORE!! We only do school for an hour and a half a day! She gets a snack and recess in-between and the rest of the day is hers to do as she pleases. These are some of the resources we use in our homeschool!
Masterbooks – We use their Math and Social Studies Only.
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History comes from Urban Intellectuals. They have flash cards which are small and so cute for little hands. The facts aren’t overwhelming but sure opened my eyes about American History. Black History at this point is it! My little one is so young that black history is all I teach. I figure she has time for the Gold Rush and things for when she’s older. Right now, Ima work on her pride and self-esteem as the white curriculum does for white children.
I also use another resource that comes from Blessed Heritage. It’s written more like a teacher’s guide than a text or work book but pointed me towards some great literature to back up things like Christopher Columbus got lost and never stepped foot on US soil that’s was written in a way my daughter fully could understand. http://www.blessedheritage.com/primary-vol-1.html
Health comes from ABEKA (I found ours on eBay for like $6 in perfect condition) https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/bookdescription.aspx?sbn=197564&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpavpBRDQARIsAPfTwiwCSIQ4PK9WIIdac3foUypVUm6fJuELyQ0xUoB7sm7R4BZZFVing8MaAhjIEALw_wcB
So as far as language arts, when she was younger we did kindergarten using a lot of worksheets from The Big Book of Kindergarten & 1st Grade https://www.amazon.com/School-Zone-Kindergarten-Workbook-Matching/dp/0887431461/ref=asc_df_0887431461/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198066994475&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8751043359419606877&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9028267&hvtargid=pla-404115530087&psc=1,
Spectrum workbooks https://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-Grade-1/dp/1483816257/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=spectrum+1st+grade+workbooks&qid=1563113938&s=books&sr=1-3 and a workbook called Head of the class. The workbooks helped to guide me to make sure I was teaching what kids learned at the grade level and also to have hard copies of what I was teaching. Here is where I feel ABCMOUSE.com prepared her by the time she got to the worksheets, she already understood what to do. I make sure I read with her a lot and we pick out things she learns in the workbooks in her literature as well.
Core Knowledge has also been a great FREE resource for language arts. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews with people complaining it’s not the vintage literature we grew up with, but my daughter enjoys it and the characters and subjects are diverse unlike the stories we grew up with! Native Americans, Immigrants and Job Hunting are just a few of the amazing topics they cover! Real world things in text that’s age appropriate.
For Writing, the Dollar store!!! They have those workbooks with the ABC’s in them. I buy like 5 for every grade and she does 2 pages a day. This year she will be doing cursive!
Science, she has a spectrum book we will pull from as well as a book she was gifted by her tutor, which is full of experiments! She has a science lab her Aunt Vickie, Uncle Mark and Cousin Vivie sent her. (Yes, a whole little LAB) that came with a box of experiments and a microscope so please pray she doesn’t blow up the house! Science is her favorite subject!
I also teach Spanish. Amazon and YouTube have great kid resources. We purchased a workbook from Amazon that was under $10.
I refuse to take the arts out of her schooling just because most schools have done away with them! It’s a fundamental part of children’s minds and let’s face it for many of us, it was the most fun we had all day! All work and no play is never the way to go in my book!
She takes art classes for $3 a session at Michael’s! If you have an Amazon Firestick there is an art class on there that has taught her how to draw animals. The Dollar stores and 5 and Below have become fun places to buy art materials and projects. I’ve found ways to tie in unit studies with her art as well and that’s fun!
My daughter was gifted a Ukulele from her Uncle Mark, Aunt Vickie and Cousin Vivie, so she takes music lessons at the Guitar Center.
I am blessed to be surrounded by educators. I work along with a few great teachers if you ever want to speak to them as well for guidance. Reach out to me and I will connect you, because all kids are different!
Tae Kwon Do & swimming and soccer are my daughter’s P.E. Don’t forget to get them out and moving.
I keep records and I keep EVERYTHING! Some states, you just need a portfolio of your children’s work for the year. Just in case someone gets bored and wants to question what we have covered, I’m ready for Back to school night. They will get EVERYTHING!
I hope this helps and takes away any second guessing yourself that you have. All children are different and there are so many homeschooling options! Education isn’t cookie cutter…listen to your child’s needs. Children will express their interest to you. When my daughter started talking about hot lava, I knew it was time for a volcano unit which I goggled and Homeschool pop on YouTube was fun. When she was talking about butterflies, we did a butterfly unit. I found a butterfly farm (who knew they had those). Kids will lead their own education and it’s the perfect way to keep it fun and free as long as we can.
Good Luck and I am always here.