I can’t believe the time has come! It’s our first official year of formal lesson homeschooling. I’m going to share our homeschool curriculum for 2022 (which I already did share and save here, walking through it all), with links to easily come back to in this post.
We did loosely follow preschool curriculums the past two years, but this is our first year of truly, fully, homeschooling more formally. Let me tell you — we are STOKED!
First, I’ll share that we have decided on a Charlotte Mason based method for home education. I’ve been reading so many of the books in this list, and gleaning tons of advice, wisdom, encouragement and overall knowledge on this method from women and mothers who’ve gone before me. I initially began with reading the Wild+Free book, which I think anyone wanting to dive more into understanding homeschooling should read first.
I have since fallen in love with all things Charlotte Mason, Sally Clarkson, Jennifer Pepito, and so on. Such wise, incredible women who all paved an amazing path to help mothers lead their children to Christ while also being well-educated, capable, wonderful, adults in the world, from home. I spent several nights this past Spring binge watching these videos on Charlotte Mason, and also Larissa’s videos, here. I literally never watch YouTube, so I feel that me suggesting channels that I binge watched, really says something, ha!
For the first 8 weeks we’re following THIS unit study, focused all around Little House in the Big Woods. There are student sheets for both lower and upper elementary, but we are only using the younger versions. It also serves as preschool work for my middle child. They have a separate Preschool workbook included in the Fall bundle volume 3 bundle that I print out sheets for, every couple weeks. She works on the preschool sheets while my oldest works on her separate work like phonics and math.
I purchased the bundle, then uploaded the files for the parent guide, and kitchen skills online to Staples/Office Depot and had them printed and bound, ready for pick up the same day. This is the best option for having it all printed at once by an office center (as mentioned, or even try your library, UPS, or FedEx). I simply chose what was easiest for me, but I’d really like to check out what all I’m able to print from the Library, too. The other option is most affordable if your printer doesn’t run out of ink at the wrong time 😉 which is what happened to me… and that is to simply print pages on your printer at home! Which is what I am doing for all the rest of the worksheets for both the unit study and preschool pages.
For this study, we’re using it as our actual curriculum for the first 8 weeks, (which entails reading two chapters a week from Little House in the Big Woods), and then adding in math and phonics for my newly-6 year old. We will do the recipes from the kitchen skills booklet as our craft most days, but will also likely add in things like visiting local farms, and there’s even a Little House in the Prairie museum not too horribly far from us we may attempt to plan visiting. The literature-based unit covers language arts, geography, bible and nature study.
I will read aloud based on the provided overview plan, and while reading, the kids will color the provided worksheets, then we’ll work on narration and copywork for my oldest. Both of these help instill reading comprehension, penmanship, vocabulary and more. There are writing prompts, note booking prompts, Bible memory, and the student pages which is what I print/copy for the kids to color, or for my oldest to write on.
We will essentially be following the weekly grid layout for Playful Pioneers, but will be inputting the Home + Haven temporarily in it’s place until we complete it.
Our overall daily rhythm goes as follows (but not strictly as some days are just different):
- Breakfast Devotions
- (Take my husband to work)
- Morning Time Basket
- Outdoor Walk/Backyard Play + Snack
- Curriculum (which has it’s own plan/grid to follow including all necessary subjects, and can break down in a bit)
- Quiet Time/Naps for babies
- Read alouds (library books, our own books, anything outside of what’s part of school), outside play, crafts, baking, projects, errands, etc
- Chores (vacuum, wipe down table/counters etc)
- (Pick up husband from work)
- Tidy Up in Living/Dining Rooms
At my daughters age (freshly 6), subjects truly only range from 5-15 mins max, so the whole school portion goes fairly quickly, as we move from subject to subject. It keeps her interested, holding her attention so she actually wants to learn what’s in front of her. We can take as long or go as quickly as makes sense and what works best.
Then of course my husband and I have our own things we do in the evenings, but that is our very basic outline of how the days tend to look with the kids during the week. One day a week, in the morning, the girls have a ballet class, so that changes that specific day a bit, and tends to be our library day as well (we just hop on over, after dance class). I will cover our Morning Time/basket in another post.
Next, after we complete the Home+Haven unit study, we will move onto the curriculum we plan on using the rest of the year, which is The Playful Pioneers from the Peaceful Press. We did use their Peaceful Preschool last year and loved it (we did not follow to a tee, as we moved many times, including out of state, and had a lot of life unfolding in front of us, but we did the best we could feasibly do). The girls still talk about their favorite parts of the Peaceful Preschool!
Playful Pioneers is also a literature-based curriculum, which is also going through the Little House series! So the first book that studied in the first portion of the year, is Farmer Boy, then you’ll continue through the series throughout the curriculum. The way that PP has created all their curriculums, is that you can reuse them, and do another cycle. In two years, we can go through this entire curriculum, again, but they include second-cycle books to go with it, instead of Little House. It’s super cost effective, and family friendly as everyone gets to be involved!
The gist is, you read through a couple chapters a week at the beginning of your school time, during which, your kids are keeping hands busy with coloring, drawing, and overall allowing them to stay attentive to what you’re reading. For little littles, having things on hand like blocks, puzzles, shape sorters, kinetic sand, magnet people, magnet tiles, and even a clip board with less-mess crayons and a coloring page are all really helpful. An easy to access stash of Montessori-style toys are really wonderful for these times. Open-ended, not too noisy/distracting and they’ll be focused on what they’re playing with, (mostly) allowing you to read. I have a whole list of things all my kids have loved and played with in these toddler years. Check it out here!
For my 6 year old, we’re doing Level 1 Explode the Code for phonics. I have no experience with it, but have heard good things! So hopefully we will enjoy it as well.
We’re doing Kindergarten Math with Confidence, as of now. I’ve heard that Math can be one of the most challenging curriculums to nail down, simply because it’s such a complex subject, and every person’s mind computes and learns it all differently. So we are going with this, understanding that who knows, maybe we will have to try a different one. We’ll see!
We have gotten these Pip & J Papery Penmanship Workbooks for 3 years now, because the girls love them! It’s just really good, simple practice that clearly doesn’t get old. They love being able to practice their writing, and then color in the picture for each letter. From Pip & J Papery, we also have TONS of their flash cards, scripture memory verse cards… honesty maybe all of their learning resources as well as art prints at this point. We love supporting them, and they create the most darling things for homeschool (and non homeschool!) families.
We’ve had this book for learning to read sitting on a shelf for two years now, and this last year we finally opened it up and began teaching our oldest to read. I think this book for teaching to read is honestly excellent. There are a lot of methods to teach kids how to read, and this was recommend to us years ago, so I got it way back then. It’s been wonderful for us!
The binders, dividers, and (adding as I can), all other homeschool supplies we love and use can be found here. I am so thankful when you purchase through my Amazon storefront, as it helps support my family so I can provide free content like this 🙂