In this series of posts, I am going to assume that you have chosen your curriculum. If you have not done that, here are a few tips:
*Research, research, research. Google "(name of curriculum) reviews" and you'll find out all about it from folks who have used it. Ask real friends. Ask online friends. Go to a store or curriculum fair and look at it.
*Ask your husband once you have narrowed it down to a few choices. They may surprise you with things you would never think of and help you make the decision.
OK--now. You have your curriculum. You have a little space to work. Now what?
This year I began with Donna Young's printables. She has amazing resources! Specifically, I used some forms from the Garamond Collection. I began with the Yearly Course of Study Record. That link will take you to the PDF, but what I like is there is a Word version that you can type right onto and print.
What this form will do is help you decide: WHAT are we going to study? and WHAT DO I HAVE that will help us do that? This will help you later when it's time to make a schedule.
I plugged in our curriculum and had a nice, neat record of what we are going to do this year.
Bible--Bible Study Guide for All Ages, Devotions for Girls—God and Me!, the Bible, copywork/memorization of Bible verses, various children’s Bibles
History--The Mystery of History Vol. II, various atlas books and maps, supplemental reading materials and videos on topics
Math--Math-U-See Beta and Gamma student books (we are going to try to plug through both this year as we are a bit behind after switching over in Feb.), computer (http://www.mathusee.com/) for online drill, Math U See DVD’s and laptop to watch them on, blocks
Science--Exploring Creation Through Botany—Apologia textbook, Botany notebook
Spelling--All About Spelling Vol. 2, index card box with spelling cards
Handwriting--Handwriting Without Tears cursive book
Reading--Abeka 3rd grade readers (they are HARD so we only read the first few last year. I really like them for their topics), library card
Bible--no idea. Still working on what to do with her.
Reading/Phonics--Explode the Code student books, http://www.starfall.com/
Math--Math U See Primer student book, laptop to watch DVD’s on, blocks
Science--botany through children's literature, Apologia science experiments,
Themes--pocket chart activities, art projects, lapbooks, library card for children’s books on theme, materials for hands-on activities and thematic play, cooking
Handwriting--Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten book
Now. Print that out and put it in a notebook. You'll need it later.
Part 3 of the series here.