Our One-Room Schoolhouse: Homeschool 2016-2017

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.)

Memory Work:

Classical Conversations Foundations Guide


Abeka Math Facts Posters (3rd-8th grade)

Abeka Math Concept Flash Cards (3rd -4th grade)

Saxon 3

Abeka Arithmetic 3

Abeka Arithmetic 3 Tests and Speed Drills

Saxon 5/4

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)


The Writing Road to Reading

Spalding Ponics Flash Cards


Latin for Children Primer A


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.


2nd-3rd Grade:

Read Alouds: Heidi, Chronicles of Narnia

The Courage of Sarah Noble

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

A Bear Called Paddington

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin

Charlotte’s Web

Misty of Chincoteague

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

3rd-4th Grade:

The Velveteen Rabbit

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

All of a Kind Family

Enchanted Castle

Story of the Treasure Seekers

Little Britches

Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates

Carry on Mr. Bowditch

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Robin Hood


Apologia: Botany

Apologia: Zoology 1

Apologia: Zoology 2

Apologia: Zoology 3


Drawing with Children

Discovering Great Artists

Meet the Great Composers Book 1

Meet the Great Composers Book 2