2012-2013 Curriculum


My Sydney is now a Kindergartener! Wow, when did that happen? Seems like just yesterday I was bringing home this tiny baby girl with giant amounts of hair. And now she’s in Kindergarten?! Ugggg.

Ahem, not the point of this post.

Β Core: Sonlight Core A
Readers: Sonlight Grade 1 Readers
Math: Math-U-See Primer
Science: Sonlight Science A
Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears Grade 1
Phoenics/Spelling: All About Spelling Level 1 and up
Bible/Gospel Study: Discover the Scriptures New Testament
PE: Dance class
Music: Piano lessons
Art: Home Art Studio Kindergarten


I thought I would also give you the why I choose each curriculum. I spent 9 months studying and researching all kinds of different curriculum and getting other’s advice on what to choose. Lots of prayers were said when it came to these choices, discussions with my husband (too many, according to him πŸ˜‰ ) and then doing preschool with Sydney this last year helped make the decision, based on how she learned best.

Why Sonlight? First of all, around this house we LOVE books. And Sonlight was rich in books, which is great for us. Second, I will admit it, I would never think to make a list of books to read to my children each year. In public schools there would be a book list that their teachers would read to them everyday, along with a list of books they are expected to read. I like having this built into the curriculum. BTW, I’m also the kind of Mom who buys Zoo Passes yearly to make sure I take my kids there at least 4 times a year, otherwise it wouldn’t happen πŸ˜‰

Why All About Spelling? I used what my interpretation of their reading program to teach Sydney to read. She does great with hands-on and visual learning. I also loved the idea of her learning the rules of spelling. Spelling is NOT something I am good at! I was told many times in school that I am dyslexic, and while my husband has some doubt on this matter, I thought this program would be great for teaching her spelling. I might learn a thing or two along the way! Who knows, maybe I’ll actually get better at spelling, lol! πŸ˜‰

Why Math-U-See? Again, Sydney is VERY visual when it comes to learning. Math is another subject I struggled with. My husband is going to school currently toΒ  be an accountant, he does NOT struggle with math, whereas I consider “higher math” to be Algebra 1 πŸ˜‰ But since she is so visually inclined Math-U-See seemed like a no-brainer for me.

Why Handwriting Without Tears? Um, because I liked the name. I really hope that school this year won’t result in too many tears, from either myself, Sydney, Audrey or Zachary πŸ˜‰

Why Sonlight Science? I wanted a curriculum that included caterpillars/butterflies and tadpoles/frogs. Originally I was going to use My Father’s World for Kindergarten and then use Sonlight for 1st grade, until I realized that MFW would be teaching Sydney her letters, but I really liked the idea of us raising tadpoles and caterpillars. This taught about them, and I bought kits so we can raise them and have fun watching them grow and develop.

Why Home Art Studio? I really wanted an art curriculum that didn’t just involve art history but PROJECTS! I love art projects, I’m just not any good at coming up with my own, so when I saw this reviewed at 1+1+1=1, I knew I just HAD to get it! :)

I read a great piece of advice somewhere in the blogging world. I’m not quoting it exactly, I can’t even remember where I got it from, so please no suing me if I got the quote wrong πŸ˜‰ “Unless a curriculum doesn’t work, don’t switch.” So next year I’ll probably be using a lot of the same curriculum for Sydney. There are a few I plan on changing, as it was in my original plan, or who knows? I might really like the curriculum I choose this year and not change anything next year!

(This is part of Grateful for Grace‘s Homeschool Link-Up)

(It’s also part of iHomeschool Network’s Curriculum Blog Hop)

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  1. Hi! It looks like we’re using a lot of the same curriculum. Great choices! Have a fun year!

  2. You won’t regret the Sonlight books. They are awesome. My 11 year old still rereads the books from the earliest cores. Core A was one of her favorites. We love HWT, AAS, and MUS too. Have a great year! Popping in from the blog hop.

  3. Love your choices! They look very similar to ours last year (Sonlight, MUS, & HWT). We only changed our math this year. BTW, I also have an Audrey! Blessings in your new school year!

  4. I am so jealous of her pink hair extension.

  5. Elizabeth F says:

    Hello! I’m homeschooling my little guy this year and have been looking into what others are using to homeschool their kindergarteners. I noticed that your post is from 2012, Would you mind updating this post to include what you liked or didn’t like about these programs? Thanks!

    • Hi, Elizabeth! I actually ended up liking everything I used with Sydney! I felt they all worked great and she learned a lot. I did change things for first grade (which can be seen here: http://pinchofthymeblog.com/2013/08/29/curriculum-for-2013-2014/) but it wasn’t because something didn’t work, I was just looking for long term options that could allow me to do the same subject with multiple age levels. I still recommend all of these curriculums for Kindergarten, and plan on using the same plan for Audrey next year. I think the only thing I’ll change is not doing spelling with a kindy, it worked fine for Sydney but I don’t think it’s a necessary part of K. <3

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