- Teaching Textbooks 4 (and moving on to 5 sometime next semester) This program took the fight out of math for us, which was great last year.
- Life of Fred: Apples (While my oldest has used Life of Fred for a few years, this is the first year that there is a new set of books for younger kids. We're going to begin at the beginning, because a little fun review never hurts.)
- Michael Clay Thompson's Island series for grammar, vocabulary, poetry, and some writing
- Writing With Ease 3 I was very happy with this program last year and love the downloadable .pdf workbooks where all the lessons are planned out. Although one can also buy The Complete Writer book as a guide and choose your own lessons, which is cheaper, but not simpler.
- Spelling Workout D
- Various literature related to history, good books as well as some reading comprehension based on the Father Brown Reader and questions.
- The kids will all be doing physics, using the Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, Handy Physics Answer Book, Basher Physics, Gizmos and Gadgets and various other experiment kits.
History & Religion
- History of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation (This is the lesson plan I spent a month or so writing for my kids)
- It uses a lot of different books (probably too many, but we'll see how it goes). The main spines for my fourth grader will be Story of the World, vol 2 and The Old World's Gifts to the New. Why two spines? I really like the Story of the World, but there are simply some things in the study of the Middle Ages and Reformation that are not covered very well if one is Catholic.
Art & Music
- The Phonics of Drawing and piano lessons
- I had planned on just using our collection of art books to do a little art history, but then I found this site and this site, which I may well use instead.
How will all this fit together? We'll also do circle time in the morning, which I have yet to map out for next year and here's a link to my first quarter lesson plans.