Thursday, December 2, 2010

The New Plan- Part 2 (Curriculum)

So here are the new books we will be using in January. These should take our study all the way through to next December with our usual breaks (we school year round). It is a full year's program. This is just the rough overview of everything. I hope to post further about individual elements or books in the program.

For Squirt we will be using Heart of Dakota's Preparing Hearts for His Glory.
This is a program designed for students ages 8-10 with other added books which can extend that up to 11 or 12 (we are doing the expected 8-10 age group books). This year's study will give a broad overview of world history starting with Creation and ending in the late 1900's.

Preparing Hearts for His Glory Guide (PHFHG)  is not just a Teacher's Manual. It is designed to be shared between the student and the teacher. It has Independent Work instructions written directly to the student.

PHFHG Guide-

This guide includes History, Poetry, Dictation, Spelling, Literature, Bible Study, & Science. It also has schedules for recommended Language and Math which are Rod & Staff English, HOD DITHOR & Singapore Math.

For Literature Squirt will use Heart of Dakota's Drawn into the Heart of Reading (DITHOR) along with accompanying literature books

For Math we will continue with Singapore Math US Edition. She is currently in 3B and will move on to Level 4 after that.

For Grammar and Language we will use Intermediate Language Lessons and be transitioning into Rod & Staff's English 3. 

Bible Study: The Bible along with Lead Me to the Rock CD (memory work will be from the Book of Psalms)

For Poetry, Squirt will be learning Robert Louis Stevenson Poems (which I just love!)

Science, History & Literature will include these books-

A Child's History of the World

Grandpa's Box

Life in the Great Ice Age

Hero Tales Vol. 1

One Small Square-Arctic Tundra

One Small Square- Cactus Desert

The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible

Find the Constellations

One Small Square-Coral Reef

Columbus by D'Aulaire

Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?

Pasteur's Fight Against Microbes

Albert Einstein-Young Thinker

Read Alouds for Storytime include-

The True Story of Noah's Ark


Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables

Triumph for Flavius

Fountain of Life

Raiders of the Sea

Door in the Wall

The Wonderful Winter

The Family Under the Bridge

Twenty and Ten

Finally for Squirt's Independent History Study, she will use:
Noah's Ark, Noah's Flood

The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt

Draw and Write Through History- Creation through Jonah

The Young Christian's Introduction to the Bible by Charles Ryrie

Little Miriam of Galilee

Leif the Lucky by D'Aulaire

Pedro's Journal

William Shakespeare and the Globe

Mozart the Wonder Boy with Companion CD

The Little Riders

The Minstrel in the Tower


  1. A Door In The Wall is one of my all time favorites, and I am soooo glad to see that it's still being used. I need to buy a copy to keep here at home, we used the one from the library years ago. Good memory!

    Looks like a GREAT curriculum!

  2. Seeing these books all laid out, makes me so excited for you (& for me in a few years)!!