As a young man, my grandfather was the schoolmaster of a one-room schoolhouse in rual Missouri in the 1930’s. He got the last school in county which allowed him and my grandmother to marry. I have some of his school books and this year I plan to adpot a one-room schoolhouse approach in our homeschool. With a 4th grader, 3rd grader, Kindergartener, and baby I can’t be a full-time teacher to all my kids at their own grade level. We will do some subjects like history, geography, composition, science, music and art that we will all do together adjusting for each grade level. My big kids will be doing a lot of their work independently this year and will be helping me teach the younger ones as needed.
I made up our lesson plans for next year over our family vacation this past month. I didn’t post any lesson plans last year since we moved and I didn’t unpack our school books or know what we were doing until right before we started school. So in this post I’ll post what we’ve used for 2nd-4th grade.
I hope that you can get some ideas for your homeschool. Read on to see what we’re using. (Note: these are all direct links. None are affiliate links.)
Classical Conversations Foundations Guide
Abeka Math Facts Posters (3rd-8th grade)
Abeka Math Concept Flash Cards (3rd -4th grade)
Abeka Arithmetic 3 Tests and Speed Drills
Note: We used the Abeka 3 Arithmetic in between Saxon 4 and Saxon 5/4 for extra computation practice and to solidify math fact skills.)
God’s Word Bible (5th grade)
Child’s Story Bible (3rd-4th grade, Pre-K through 2 as read aloud)
Memoria Press English Grammar Recitation
Writing with Ease (Instructors Manual)
Level 1 (K-1st)
Level 2 (2nd-3rd)
Level 3 (3rd-4th)
Level 4 (4th-5th)
Chapter books from your local library
We used The Story of the World series as a read aloud for all our children. Begin with Volume 1 and continue on.
Story of the World Vol. 1 (used K and 1st grade)
Story of the World Vol. 2 (used 1st and 2nd grade)
Story of the World Vol. 3 (used 2nd-3rd grade)
Story of the World Vol. 4 (used 3rd-4th grade)
We use the Classical Conversations Foundations Guide for our geography memory work and tie our map work to the history in the Story of the World books.
Read Alouds: Heidi, Chronicles of Narnia
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Meet the Great Composers Book 1
Meet the Great Composers Book 2