Here it is, you guys. Our gifted homeschool curriculum choices post for 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade.
August in New England is always bittersweet for me.
August is hot and sunny and Kenny Chesney comes to town, so there is a lot to be excited about, but it also marks the end of summer.
And as much as I love fall in New England, I am never quite ready to say goodbye to summer fun.
Alas, our homeschool co-op met this week to plan for fall and so, like it or not, September is coming. I figured it was time to write my annual homeschool curriculum post.
Homeschool Curriculum Choices: 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade
If you’re new here, you must know that we are gifted homeschool curriculum ‘dabblers’
If you haven’t already, I invite you to read our posts from past years. You can find all previous homeschool curriculum and resource posts on this landing page:
Homeschool resource landing pages:
- Homeschooling: Resources by Academic Subject
- Gameschooling: Resources by Academic Subject
- Books: Resources by Academic Subject
- The Best Homeschool Subscriptions and Memberships
I always tell people that we are ‘curriculum dabblers’
If you haven’t already, I invite you to read our posts from past years.
If you are interested in checking out previous years, you can view them here:
Check out My Little Poppies Course Offerings:
- The Lazy Homeschooler’s Guide to Unit Studies
- How to Rock THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of Your Homeschool Day
- Gameschooling 101: How to Add More Play to Your Homeschool Day
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Our Gifted Homeschool Curriculum Choices and Routine for 2018-19
Our family has some scheduled activities such as piano and art lessons, athletics, science courses, and co-op. You can read more about how we opt for a routine over a strict homeschool schedule here.
As always, I will start each morning with Coffee and Books.
After Coffee and Books, our days will follow this routine:
- Monday – Copywork
- Tuesday – Music study
- Wednesday – Nature Study
- Thursday – Art
- Friday – Games Galore
- Saturday – Family Movie Night
This year, our family movie nights will focus on musicals. I have a dear friend with a theater and dance background and she has provided us with her top ten must-see list. We can’t wait to get started!
Gifted Homeschool Curriculum Choices, By Subject
Okay, here we go!
My 5th grader will use the following:
My 3rd grader will use the following:
My 2nd grader will use the following:
All three kiddos will dabble in:
All three children will enjoy:
- Curriculum featuring multiple read alouds across subjects (Read more below, or read more about why we adore Beautiful Feet Books here.)
- Beautiful Feet Books Teaching Character
- Coffee and Books
- Marie’s Words
- Language Arts games
Everyone will use:
- Local science/nature courses
- Nature journaling
- History of Science from Beautiful Feet Books
- Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum
- Exploring Nature with Children
- Science games
- Nature games
- STEM toys
Geography & History
Last year, we joined a co-op with a focus on American History. We will be enjoying that again this year. The co-op uses a Charlotte Mason approach and we will be supplementing with additional books and materials.
Everyone will use:
- Stories of American from Simply Charlotte Mason (for co-op)
- Early American History Pack from Beautiful Feet Books (as a supplement)
- Around the World Stories
- Pin It! Maps
- Geography games
- History games
My oldest two kiddos take an art course. In addition, everyone will dabble in:
- Alisha Gratehouse’s Masterpiece Society Studio (more info below)
- Chalk Pastels | You Are an Artist (more details below)
- Simply Charlotte Mason Picture Study Portfolios
- Art & Music Games
If you love art, I want you to know about two of our favorite art membership sites:
1. The You Are An Artist Clubhouse Annual Membership
We *love* Nana and her Chalk Pastel tutorials. Now, Nana has created an entire clubhouse for artists!
The Clubhouse annual membership includes:
- Instant access to oodles of video art tutorials
- A new art course added monthly
- A new art lesson each week
- … and Chalk Pastels at the Movies
You can read more or sign-up here.
2. Masterpiece Society Studio
I’m not at all surprised, but my kiddos are *loving* this membership site. My oldest was sick as a dog on Valentine’s Day. Everyone was grouchy (self-included) and feeling a little crummy that our day didn’t go as planned.
All three kiddos participate in piano lessons. Everyone will dabble in:
Once again, I wanted my oldest to learn to type and it did not happen. (This is our second fail in a row!) So, this year, we would like to make that happen. I am deciding between Dance Mat Typing and Typing Club, although I would take suggestions. If you have a typing program you love, please leave it in the comments!
Everyone will dabble in:
(We thoroughly enjoyed Outschool last year. The Harry Potter courses were our favorite!)
Everyone will dabble in:
Other resources we are thrilled to continue with
- Field Trip Zoom
- Outschool (My oldest has enjoyed the Harry Potter courses for books one and two and also the Harry Potter Junior Film Studies!)
- Seesaw (To see how we use Seesaw in our homeschool, click here.)