I cannot believe my little guy is going to be in second grade. Time is flying by so fast. He’s getting so big and learning so much. So last year we tried out Heart of Dakota curriculum, recommended by a good friend of ours and I fell in love with it. So much so that we decided to give a go this year for both Jacob and his big brother. Jakey used Little Hearts for His Glory for the 2016-2017 school year, and this next school year he will be using Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory.
BIgger Hearts For His Glory (BHFHG) goes over early American History from 1565 – 1860’s, which I am really excited about because history is my thing. I love it. BHFHG uses living books to learn what it was like to live in that time. We purchased the Economy Package which includes the books that are shown in the photo above as well as the teacher’s guide.
We also purchased the deluxe package of classical books for Jakey to read. I may swap out books as we read them if they aren’t jiving with the little guy. Along with the classical set of books, you can get either boy interest set or a girl set.
I chose not to do with Drawn Into the Heart of Reading like HOD suggests doing, after taking a look at the teacher’s book and the student book, I felt we could use our time better by doing something else. Jakey is already at a 3rd grade reading level (as a first grader) so I plan to just take the suggestions of books and have him read them on his own or as story time.
So here are some of the books I plan to have him read this year:
- Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator
- My Father’s Dragon
- The BFG
- The Drinking Gourd
- The Lost Island of Tamarind
- The Case of the Dirty Clue
- The Little Mermaid
- The Sword in the Stone
- Magic Tree House Books
- The Cat Who Got Carried Away
- The Enormous Crocodile
- Because of Winn Dixie
We’ll be continuing using Apologia for science this next school year again. This year Jakey will be doing Exploring Creation with Zoology: Flying Creations of the Fifth Day. When I showed him his new science books after I got them at our state homeschooling conference, he got all excited about it. To be honest, I had remembered that I wanted him to do Flying Creatures, but I asked him what he wanted to do and he said he wanted to do the Swimming Creatures set. When I went to the conference, I grabbed what I remembered we were going to do and not what he wanted to do. I am glad he forgot that he wanted to do a different study.
And we’ll be adding these two other books to his school work. Draw. Write. Now is a book where he can work on his penmanship as well as doing some artwork. To add a little more artwork to his day, he will be doing some Early American Art from Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool Beyond the Code will work on his reading skills.
For Math we switched from using Math U See. The kids really didn’t like using MUS and frankly, it’s expensive for a math curriculum for my taste. So for this next school year we’re going to use Master Books. I heard about them through a little blog I follow called Hip Homeschooling. She reviewed it after her family had used other math programs that just didn’t work for them. Master Books is Charlotte Mason inspired, meaning that it uses stories, copywork, oral and written narration, and hands-on manipulatives.
Well that’s it for now. I hope. I’m going to go and take a break before writing up my choices for Luke’s curriculum. Stay tuned.