2012 – 2013 Curriculum


A few weeks ago a bad storm knocked out our power in the middle of the night.  It was pitch black.  I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.  I was able to light a candle, and I really couldn’t even take a step without that candle. It gave a whole new meaning to the verse I’ve heard over and over again my entire life…

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  Psalm 119:105

Can you imagine having NO electric lights- ever!?  Your lamp, candle, torch would be vital.  The Psalmist says that God’s word is that vital to him.  You can’t take a step without it.

lamp unto my feet

SO, I wanted to list our most important textbook, THE TEXTBOOK FOR ALL OF LIFE on this page-  THE BIBLE!  We spend as much time in God’s Word each day as we do math, or English, or Latin.


We explore other books that help us understand God’s Word better…


And we sing God’s Word back to Him each morning and evening…


Other Stuff:  🙂

New Morning Meeting Materials –  (Click here to read more about our Morning Meetings.)

Hymn Study with hymns of our choosing and Simply Charlotte Mason as a guide and 101 Great Hymn Stories ** Update:  We do not use the Great Hymn Stories all that much.

365 Manners Kids Should Know (I thought Morning Meeting would be a great time to learn a daily, new “good manner” as a team!)

~Second Grade~

Math – Saxon

Latin – Prima Latina from Memoria Press

Science – 106 Days of Creation Studies from Simply Charlotte Mason

History / Bible – Old Testament / Ancient Egypt from Veritas Press along with The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History and many of Veritas Press’ Priority One Resources and Literature Kit  **We have added a great program from Diana Waring now offered by Answers in Genesis!  Please read more HERE!  🙂  We are using Mystery of History occasionally as well.

Grammar – First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind  **We are now using Shurley English, but we would like to find a different English program.

Spelling The Grammar of Spelling from Logos Press  *Looking for a different Spelling for next school year.

Writing – Teaching Writing: Structure and Style from Institute for Excellence in Writing

Reading –  We are going to be reading literature selections (along with comprehension guides for me!) from Progeny Press, Veritas Press, and Logos Press.

We will work on handwriting (and some art, too) using a Memoria Press Copy Book and Draw and Write Through History- Creation Through Jonah.

Character Training-  I am really excited about these books from Doorposts.  (If you haven’t checked out this company, you must!!  I just got the Blessing Chart, and I love it!)  Each book has enough studies and activities to last for years!  In Polished Cornerstones, girls study Proverbs 31 and learn about fulfilling their rolls as godly wives, mothers, and homemakers.  In Plants Grown Up, boys learn about growing up to become godly men!

~Preschool 3~

The twins are still continuing in A Beka preschool.

I am working toward doing more activities from Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready.

Fundanoodle activities in tracing, patterns, cutting, lacing, etc.


15 thoughts on “2012 – 2013 Curriculum

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  2. alishafitzsimmons

    I’m snooping around your blog. 😛 I’m going to check out Polished Cornerstones for my daughter, sounds wonderful and like something we’d love to include in our day!

      1. i have no greater joy Post author

        Thanks! My freebie blog lets me change the background and header whenever I want! Yay! I looked at my blog from another computer and noticed ads on there that I never realized were showing up! Have you paid for a “no ad” upgrade? Wondering if I should check that out!

    1. i have no greater joy Post author

      Good! Snoop away! I have really enjoyed that book! It is expensive, but because you can use it through the teen years, I think it’s worth it! I don’t know how much the description on Doorposts tells you, but the book goes through each verse of Proverbs 31 and works to enhance a character trait. There are TONS of activities for each character quality. For example, we talked about “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” For this verse, girls learn how to become ‘domestic artists.’ Catherine learned fun napkin-folding techniques and set the table with flowers she picked and pretty much took on the job of setting the table for each meal. She learned how to sew a button on fabric, etc. It was so nice to point her back to Proverbs and becoming a wife of noble character! I don’t use it every week like I thought I would, but I would still recommend it! 🙂

    1. i have no greater joy Post author

      The book is a little treasure… some really great ideas. You can use it for years and you only need one book for all of the girls in your home. The book for boys ( or young men) is called Plants Grown Up. We’ve loved it as well. You may have already noticed, but the titles are from Psalm 144:12. My oldest son made a fire route for our home and learned how to use the fire extinguisher during his time of learning about protection and responsibility. I hadn’t thought of that!

    1. i have no greater joy Post author

      We REALLY liked it! My big kids are 7 & 8. It was a lot of fun! I had not done any CM before, but this opened a whole new world to us! You are a CM-er, right? We started notebooking after beginning this study and quickly added the notebooking to our other subjects. It slowly moved us away from “classical” to CM… I think ;). The book was a gentle overview for us and one of our favorite parts of the day!


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