It’s an exciting time of year as we plan for the coming homeschool year. I love it – new beginnings, new plans, new opportunities.
I spent several months researching a general curriculum that would work within our Charlotte Mason/Unit Study learning structure. I like to use a base for learning and then springboard from there. I’ve found boxed curriculums do not work for our family or our method, so I tend to piece together several resources and programs.
This year we are using Galloping the Globe as our main curriculum. GTG takes us on a journey to every continent on the globe. Within each continent, we study various countries, their people, cultures, landscapes, climates, animals, religion, political structure, etc.
Unity Study based homeschooling is a really fun and engaging way to learn. Our children will be incorporating many aspects of their schedule to whichever unit we are studying. This includes – Bible/Faith Studies, Science, Nature Study, Languages, Music and Art Appreciation, Visual Art, Cultures, Life and Practical Skills, History, Geography, and more. For example, when we study Kenya, we will be learning about traditional African Art, studying African instruments and ancient traditional music, reading East African tales, and memorizing poetry from an African poet. They will learn about the climate, land structure, and wildlife in this region. We will take a look at the Maasai people and make diagrams of traditional Maasai homes. The children will be making paper beads and stringing traditional East-African necklaces and bracelets. We will also be shopping in cultural grocery stores and preparing African foods and meals.
A study of Italy will include famous historical places, language studies, and artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Giotto. The Netherlands study includes learning about Van Gogh, Rembrandt, windmills, and Dutch cooking. Canada includes looking at Mounties, Henry Hudson, Jacques Cartier, democracy, Moose, Maple Syrup, Native American culture, and Inuit culture.
Each child is working on their own “Passport to the Globe” which will be a large binder/scrapbook of all their work this year. It includes maps, journals, facts, stories, lap-books, and whatever else we decide might work well for documenting our journey. At the end of each country unit study, we celebrate with a cultural meal showcasing that country’s traditional food.
I’m really looking forward to this year!
Around the World
with the Millers
Brazil, Spain, Canada, France, Panama, Australia, Egypt, Italy,
Japan, Russia, Mexico, Israel.
Art and Music Appreciation
-Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 by Barbara McCoy
The Usborne First
Book of Art
Live of the
Musicians by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt
Oxford First Book
Book of Art by Rosie Dickins
The Usborne Book
of Famous Artists
The Usborne Book
The Llama Who Had
No Pajama, Mary Ann Hoberman
All Day Long, Mrs.
The Usborne Book
Of Poems for Young Children
Foolish, and Brave
A Visit to William
Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard
Bible and Faith Based Curriculum
The Dig by Patrick Schwenk
Bible reading, scripture memorization
I Heard The Good News Today (global missionaries)
Ergermeier’s Bible Story Book, Children’s Bible Storybook, Usborne Illustrated Children’s Bible
Literary Studies and Read-a-loud
Charlotte’s Web by
The Story of Dr.
Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Grain of Rice by
Mary on Horseback
by Rosemary Wells
Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Hundred Penny
Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
In Grandma’s Attic
by A. Richardson
The House at Pooh
Corner by A.A. Milne
Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Mario, A Belizean
Boy and Mario and His Friends by E. Wagler
Hollisters On a River Trip by Jerry West
Tales from Beatrix
Potter by Beatrix Potter
The Bobbsey Twins
of Lakeport by Laura Lee Hope
Storytime with the
Millers by Mildred A. Martin
Aram’s Choice by
The Usborne Pocket
Scientist Blue Book
The Usborne Pocket
Scientist Red Book
50 Science Things
to Do Cards (Usborne)
The Handbook of
Nature Study (Nature Studay and ourdoor Science)
Simon – Teaching Textbook 3
Audrey – Math-u-See Primer
Phonics and Reading
Program and workbooks 1-4 and 1 and 2
Seat Phonics Centers
Reading Program books 1-15
To Read in 100 Easy Lessons
I’m not a huge fan of ‘workbooks’ as I feel they are so often just
‘busy work’. I do, however, have several on-hand throughout the
year. The children do go to them and complete various activities.
These are not, however, central in our learning.
1,2,3 (Usborne Very First Reading Program)
Books – Fox in a Box, Duck in a Truck, Sheep in a Heap
The Clear and Simple Workbooks.
Sticker Maths (Usborne)
Travel plans for the year
September: Africa- South Africa, Kenya, Uganda
October: Africa- Nigeria, Egypt Morocco
November: Asia- Japan, South Korea (Five in a Row – Grandfather’s Journey, A Pair of Red Clogs)
December: Christmas Around the World, a cultural study of the season
January: Asia- India, Israel
February: Europe- Russia (FIAR – Another Celebrated Dancing Bear), Great Britain
March: Europe- France, Italy (FIAR- Papa Picolo, Clown of God), Netherlands
April: Europe- Spain, South American- Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina
May: Oceania- Australia, New Zealand
June: North America- USA, Mexico
We already studied The Poles unit studies in the Spring of this year. So, that covers it!
Our School Room – because so many people are curious, I thought I’d share a peek at our ‘discovery room’. It’s in our back sun room/mud room and I love it.
Now… to actually start!