My Curriculum Choices 2011: 6 year old doing 2nd grade work

In this first part of a two part series I'm sharing my curriculum choices for our 6 year old who is doing 2nd grade work.

Reading

NIrV Read with Me Bible” Illustrated by Dennis Jones: I feel it’s written at the right level for my son’s current reading ability. We want to instill in him the daily habit of reading his own Bible.

Honey for a Child’s Heart” by Gladys Hunt: This is a resource guide for me from which I plan to select books for reading and obtain them from our library. This guide will make it easier for me to select books at the proper reading level for my son that are safe from non-Christian biases.

Writing

A Beka Book “Language 2” workbook: We used A Beka Book “Language 1” last year and it seemed to work well for my son. I like the convenience of having a workbook that he can write in. I like how it explains the language rules and then gives opportunities to practice them and review them throughout the book.

A Beka Book “Writing with Phonics K5” & “Numbers Writing Tablet”: I chose to use the K5 levels for handwriting because the lines are larger. My son still struggles with handwriting and I feel this will be easier for him until he develops more fine motor coordination.

I also plan to incorporate practical application writing often. By this I mean having him write notes to Grandma, labeling things I put in the freezer or making a grocery list for me.

Literature

Honey for a Child’s Heart” by Gladys Hunt: See the section on reading.

Math

A Beka Book “Arithmetic 2”: We used A Beka Book “Arithmetic 1” last year and it seemed to work well for my son. I like the convenience of having a workbook that he can write in. I like how it explains things simply and then gives opportunities to practice them and review them throughout the book.

I plan to also incorporate the use of flashcards.

Science

Apologia “Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures” by Fulbright: I chose this book because it is written from a creation perspective and I can use it with multi-level teaching. It is also more in-depth than many other science books that I have looked at, which I feel will work well for my analytical son.

History & Geography

All Through the Ages” by Christine Miller: This is a resource guide for me from which I plan to select books on Creation and Early History, Ancient Near East, and Ancient Egypt, and obtain them from our library. This book also directs me to select passages from our Bible to compliment the books we choose from the library for this time period. This guide will make it easier for me to select quality books from these historical time periods for my son that are safe from non-Christian biases. This is a multi-level teaching approach.

Health

Human Anatomy in Full Color” by John Green: This book has beautiful pictures of anatomy. Since my background is in Bio Med, teaching health comes very naturally to me in our daily life. I wanted a book with good pictures and little text to aid in my natural teaching.

Before I was Born” by Carolyn Nystrom (God’s Design for Sex series): I like to review this book yearly with my son to encourage a healthy Christian perspective of sex education.

Religion

NIrV Read with Me Bible” Illustrated by Dennis Jones: See the section on reading.

Bible Fact Pack” (Junior Bible Quiz) cards: These cards have a lot of basic information about and from the Bible that We would like our son to learn. It’s presented in an easy to learn and fun way.

Next week I'll tell you about the choices I've made for my 3 year old who's doing kindergarten work.

What do you think so far? What are you doing with your kids at this age and level?

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