2014-2015 Curriculum


This year is going to shake things up a bit in the Sherman household. This year I’ll be adding a new student, AND adding a new baby! This is something that I’ve spent a good deal of time and energy worrying about. How am I going to juggle both girls’ educations and the demands of a newborn? Will one of them not get enough attention or time? Of course these emotions, worries, and thoughts are very similar to the ones I had when I was pregnant with Audrey. So I’m hoping the answer will be exactly the same. Everything will be great, nothing will be the same, find the new normal.

sydneyI still can’t believe that Sydney is already in 2nd Grade! What?

Gospel: Studying the Doctrine and Covenants and Baptism Prep (more about this later.)
Art: Home Art Studio 2nd Grade
Math: Math-U-See Beta
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 2 and up
Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting Level B*
History: Story of the World Volume 2: Medieval
Writing: Writing With Ease Level 2
Grammar: First Language Lessons Level 2
Science: Sonlight Science C (Geology, Meteorology, and Mechanical Technology)*
Read Alouds: See here. *
Readers: Sonlight Readers Level 4/5


Audrey will be doing preschool this year! She will be doing Letter of the Week curriculum by Confessions of a Homeschooler. She will also be doing bits and pieces of Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten and All About Reading Level 1 and up.

*Personally when I’m reading someone’s blog and they’ve switched curriculums I always wonder why. So here are the answers to the whys:

From Handwriting Without Tears to A Reason For Handwriting: Sydney really enjoyed HWT and had no problems with it. It’s a great handwriting curriculum. My only problem with it is simply that they teach writing on a different set of lines, this didn’t confuse Sydney at all but Audrey was VERY confused by the paper. How tall do you make that letter A? I had also noticed that when Sydney was doing her copywork or narrative exercises for Writing With Ease she didn’t know how to form her letters because WWE uses traditional lines, which differ from HWT. So to help keep things all uniform, we are switching.

From Apologia BACK to Sonlight Science: We used Sonlight’s science curriculum for Kindergarten and we really enjoyed it. I planned on using it with Audrey when she was in Kindergarten. My reason for switching last year was because I wanted a curriculum I could easily do with all the children at once. Apologia fulfilled that. However, there were many theories they discuss that I don’t agree with, some paragraphs that I wondered why they were included those were things I could ignore, and censor out. However, what I couldn’t ignore was when Apologia came out with an anti-Mormon statement. It was uncalled for and I refuse to support such a company. I was really sad about this because I did love Apologia, I loved the rich pictures it provided and the easy experiments. But I feel like going back to Sonlight is a good fit for us!

From Sonlight Read Alouds to my own choices: This is simply because there are SO many good books! I poured over a few lists (including Sonlight’s) when choosing our readers, and added a few childhood favorites!

nbts-blog-hop-calendar-2014I’m participating in the Not Back to School Blog Hop!


Substitutions for Readers

I *love* Sonlight books!

┬áThere are a few that we don’t use, though. Sydney is currently reading First Grade Readers. She was not impressed with the I Can Read It! books. Not. At. All.

So I spent the summer writing up lesson plans with books that would replace those three books. And just switched them out. They take up the same amount of time, and once we hit week 25 she’ll be back to using their Readers lesson plans.

I thought I’d share them with you.

I raided our book shelves for books we already owned. And the first stop was Bob Books Set 5. We hadn’t gotten to those before we were done with Preschool, so I had her read those first. There are 8 books in set 5, so she read one per week.


Did you know the Bob Books now has readers for the older student? I thought these were pretty awesome, so I bought three four (one is not pictured, I realized this upon writing this blog entry.)

1. Cupcake Surprise
2. Outdoor Adventures
3. My School Trip
4. The New Puppy (not pictured, I forgot to take it out of my binder)
5. Sammy the Seal
6. Morris the Moose
7. Drip Drop

Do you see Sydney’s super cool bookmark? Her Aunt Holly got it for her. It even has “Sydney” stamped across the front of it. I love the googly eyes. I really like the idea of having unique bookmarks that have the kid’s name on them. I might have to order/make more!