Sonlight’s Core B gives an introduction to world history in this first year of 2 years of world history, and we have used much of this Core for our Grade One curriculum. A few of the titles we found too mature for this level, so we dropped them.
History and Read-Alouds
- George Mueller – Geoff and Janet Benge
- The Great Wall of China – Fisher
- Missionary Stories with the Millers – Martin
- Tut’s Mummy lost and found – Donnelly
- The Usborne Time Traveller
- Children just like me – UNICEF (notebooking page here)
- All God’s Children (Answers in Genesis)
- Charlotte’s Web – White
- Child’s Book of Poems – Gyo-Fujikawa
- Follow My Leader – Garfield
- Henry Huggins – Cleary
- Homer Price – McCloskey
- Little Pear – Lattimore
- Mountain Born – Yates
- Mr Popper’s Penguin’s – Atwater
- Understood Betsy – Fisher
- The Year of Miss Agnes – Hill
- Anzac Kit: “Kiwi’s and Diggers”
- First Hundred Words in Maori – Amery
Bible and Character
- The Jesus Storybook Bible – Sally Lloyd-Jones (review here)
- Discoverer’s Bible for Young Readers
- Christian Heroes books (from YWAM publishing)
- How the Bible came to us – Meryl Doney
- Hiking through History – Answers in Genesis
- Peoples of the World – Answers in Genesis
- What’s in the Bible DVD’s (click here to purchase and we both get a discount).
- Wycliffe Bibleless Peoples – children’s prayer journal
Writing with Ease – Workbook 1 (contains worksheets)
The workbook contains copywork, dictation and comprehension, using passages from living books such as ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and ‘Wind in the Willows’. For more information, see Peace Hill Press. We purchased both the Workbook and the ‘Strong Fundamentals’ textbook. Strong Fundamentals contains teaching notes, as well as the same lessons that is in the Workbook. It does not contain the worksheets.
All About Spelling – Level 1
This is a comprehensive spelling program which teaches spelling basics using multi-sensory aids.
Grade 1 Readers (see Grade 2 or 3 if your child is reading at that level)
- I Can Read It – Book 1
- I Can Read It – Book 2
- I Can Read It – Book 3
- The Best Trick
- A Big Ball of String
- The Bravest Dog Ever
- The Cat in the Hat
- A Fly Went By
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Little Bear
- One Fish Two Fish
- Put Me in the Zoo
We also keep a reading log of all the early readers we check out from the library. We use this one.
- Story Starters – Karen Andreola
I love these! They are great for having on in the background or listening to in the car as well. We plan to add more of these to our homeschool resources in future. For now, we have:
– Tales from the Old Testament
– Tales from Cultures Far and Near
– Sweet Dreams
– Celtic Treasures
– Jewish Holiday Stories
This is one of our favourite subjects at the moment. We like the immersion approach of learning the same topic for the full school year, and find out children have retained so much more than if they were just getting an introduction to many topics.
Jeannie Fulbright’s website is a wealth of information on various topics including homeschooling tips and the philosophy behind her immersion approach to her science textbooks.
- Nature studies
We don’t have any specific text we use for our nature studies. Our beautiful surroundings give us enough inspiration and the children records things in their nature journals. Sometimes we also do lapbooks on various subjects. We also incorporate this into our art and craft times.
- Math-U-See Alpha
- A Child’s Geography – Ann Voskamp
This takes a narration-style approach to geography from a Christian perspective, with some different activities to do in each chapter, and its style and content works well with the Science we are doing.
- Artistic Pursuits
This is a beautiful program combining art history with hands-on activities. It’s a little on the pricey side, but I’ve found it’s well worth the investment for a year’s worth of art projects for our artsy student. For this first book, we’ve had to purchase a few supplies including some soft pastels, watercolour paper, and self-hardening clay. Read more about it on their website.
Our eldest has been learning the piano for just a few weeks now. Our challenge around here is getting piano practice to be part of our daily activities, while her brother sleeps on the other side of the wall, and her younger sister waits eagerly to have her turn thumping on the keys.
We’re using “Progressive Piano Method for Young Beginners“, which comes with a CD and DVD as well.
SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS
What makes us a Charlotte Mason ‘inspired’ homeschool? Have a read of this post on Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool, and these are the principles we mostly follow. Note however, that we aren’t going to use all aspects of a method if they don’t work for us though, so we prefer take a flexible approach as well!
What makes us a Classical ‘leaning’ homechool? Some might say that because we aren’t following the trivuim exactly then we aren’t Classical. However, I like to think we can take the best out of a method and make it work for us. We’re a little Classical in that we’re moving through stage one of learning rules of grammar, spelling, and phonics, also stories of history and literature, and the building blocks of Maths, and so forth. This is setting us up for the next stage of learning, which is developing analytical thinking, and how things fit into a framework. The final stage we aren’t near yet, but is what is known as the ‘rhetoric’ stage. A Classical education is language-focused, and all knowledge is inter-related.
What makes us Eclectic? Quite simply, we are using the aspects of different methods that suit our family. Sometimes we do unit studies and lapbooks that aren’t on our official schedule, or take a delight-directed approach where the children have found something they enjoy learning and we find a way of tailoring our learning accordingly. We don’t plan to become a slave to any particular method or philosophy, as adding that sort of pressure doesn’t help anyone! The idea is, learning is supposed to be enjoyable, and we keep the overall end goal in mind, which is that our children have a rich education and childhood, and are also well-equipped for life in what they chose for themselves to do.