Friday, December 16, 2011

2012 School Year

Believe it or not, in the midst of all of our Christmas decorating, gift-making, gift-wrapping, cleaning, cooking, baking, stories and celebrating, I've also been planning our upcoming school year (2012). I've done a lot of thinking, researching, meditating and praying about this. As you may know, we had a rocky start to the fall of this year. We've dabbled here and there with various ideas of Unschooling and Oak Meadow, but hadn't found our niche or groove. I'm happy to report, though, that after much thought and prayer, I feel like I have a solid plan for 2012. I thought I'd share some of that here. I'm in the process of purchasing and organizing materials, but we will be starting FRESH  in January. Items with one * will be used only in Term 1, ** Term 2 and *** Term 3. If there are no *s, we will use the resource all year. Each term will be roughly 12 weeks. Here's what we have planned:

Family Subjects:

The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos (Old Testament)
Wisdom and the Millers (Proverbs for Children)

Work on learning and following our family's rules.

Oak Meadow Fairy Tales *
The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit ** & ***
Seven Little Sisters **
Snow White and Other Fairy Tales by Grimm *** 

Robert Louis Stevenson *
A.A. Milne **
A Family of Poems ***

Charlotte Mason's Elementary Geography

Child's History of the World, Hillyer (Narrate, Map and Timeline)
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
Life in the Great Ice Age *
Boy of the Pyramids *
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth **
Trojan Horse
Growing Up in Ancient Greece
The Greeks
A Living History of Our World Volume 1 (Chapters 1-16)
The Very First Americans
Holling C. Holling Book of Indians
Eric the Red
D'Aulaire Leif the Lucky
D'Aulaire Pocahontas
D'Aulaire George Washington
D'Aulaire Benjamin Franklin
The Lost Colony of Roanoke
A Lion to Guard Us
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims                                    
Liberty's Kids DVDs

Outdoor Secrets and Companion
Burgess Bird Book along with coloring and listening to their calls
Weekly Nature Study

Orchestra, Peter and the Wolf *
Opera, Mozart's Magic Flute Opera, Hansel and Gretel Opera *
Bach with Opal Wheeler's Sebastian Bach The Boy from Thuringia **
Beethoven with Opal Wheeler's Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells ***

Renoir *
Cassatt **
Cezanne ***

* Little House in the Big Woods
* Twig
* Five Little Peppers and How they Grew
* Understood Betsy

** Wise Enchanter
** The Voyages of Doctor DoLittle 

*** A Little Princess
*** Wind in the Willows
*** The Door in the Wall

Beautiful Feet Teaching Character through Literature, Primary

Continue our weekly Waldorf Handwork Group & Homeschool Adventures Playgroup 


Math Lessons for a Living Education
Life of Fred Elementary Series
Dreambox Math
English for the Thoughtful Child (orally with me)
Queen Language Lessons for the Very Young Vol 1
Cursive *
Copywork from various school books ** & ***
Free reading during Quiet Time
My America Copywork

Math Lessons for a Living Education
Dreambox Math
Delightful Reading Lessons
Reading practice from Treadwell, Lobel, Cobweb the Cat & other readers
Queen Language Lessons for Little Ones Vol 3
Finish Oak Meadow Letter Introduction via Fairy Tales & Drawings *
Copywork of words and short sentences ** & ***
My America Copywork


Of course, we will always add books from the library to our Book Basket and I may include some a little more "officially", but these are the resources I know I want to use.


  1. Absolutely wonderful! So very happy that you've found what you love. A million blessings. Merry Christmas, too.

  2. Nice to see a concrete plan. Hope it brings you peace and joy to your school.


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