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4K/5K and 1st Grade 2011-2012 Curriculum

Eliana's 4K:

All About Reading Pre-Level 1 {Completed}
Language Lessons for Little Ones 1
Get Read for the Code Book A {Completed}
Singapore Earlybird Math Book A {Completed}
Five in a Row (Literature, Science, Math, Geography, Art, Bible)

Malachi's 1st grade line-up:


FIAR Bible

Language Arts:

All About Spelling Level 1
All About Reading Level 1
Language Lessons for Little Ones 2 {Completed}
Explode the Code 1, 2, {Completed} and 3 {In progress}
Daily 6-Traits Writing Grade 1
Italic Handwriting Book B

Geography, Science, Math, Art:

Evan Moor Beginning Geography  (my review) {Completed}
Evan Moor Daily Science Grade 1  (my review)
Usborne Science Books {as a supplement to FIAR Science}
Singapore Math 1 {1A Completed} / Life of Fred Elementary - Apples, Butterflies {Completed}
How to Teach Art to Children {as a supplement to FIAR Art}
Five in a Row (Literature, Science, Math, Geography, Art, Bible)

Five in a Row

This year we are rowing volumes 1-2. I am mostly taking a seasonal approach with an emphasis on Europe and USA. Some books are not seasonal, so I put them with the focus area. If a book is a seasonal book, but ties in with a focus area, I put it at the beginning or end of a season to match up the best I can.


Late Winter:
  1. Owl Moon
  2. Katy and the Big Snow
  3. The Rag Coat
Spring / Early Summer: (Focus area: Europe)
  1. Mrs. Katz and Tush 
  2. Madeline - France, Paris, order/routine 
  3. The Tale of Peter Rabbit - England, gardening, Beatrix Potter,
  4. The Glorious Flight - France/English Channel, flying, inventions
  5. Mirrette on the Highwire - France, tight-wire practice, balance, circus
  6. Story of Ferdinand - Spain, bullfighting (rodeo?), gentleness, flowers
Summer/Late Summer: (Focus area: USA)
  1. Miss Rumphius - USA - New England, world travel, lupine
  2. Down, Down the Mountain - USA - Appalachia, turnips, gardening, fair (enter our turnips/lapbook in the county fair)
  3. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World - world travel, apples, baking
  4. Harold and the Purple Crayon - colors, moon phases
Fall: (Focus area: USA)
  1. Who Owns the Sun? USA - South, slavery, nature, seasons
  2. Lentil - USA - Ohio, music/harmonica, small towns
  3. Night of the Moonjellies - New England - Maine, jellyfish,
  4. Storm in the Night - USA, thunderstorms
  5. Three Names - USA - Midwest, prairie life, wagons, school, marbles, tornadoes
  6. When I Was Young in the Mountains - USA - Appalachia, mountain life, family, old ways
  7. Cranberry Thanksgiving/Pilgrims
  8. Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge - USA - NYC, lighthouses, bridges,
  1. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel - USA - "Popperville", big machines, steam power
  2. Warm as Wool - USA - Ohio, pioneers, sheep, wool, knitting
  3. A New Coat for Anna - Europe, wool production, dying wool, weaving, sewing, bartering
  4. Very Last First Time - Canada, Inuit, ocean life, bravery
  5. Another Celebrated Dancing Bear

Spring 2012

Volume 1
  1. Grandfather's Journey, USA-San Francisco, Japan, WWII, family timeline
  2. A Pair of Red Clogs, summer, Japan, telling the truth, possessions, mother/daughter
  3. Papa Piccolo, spring, Italy- Venice, Italian customs, cats/adoption, adventure

Volume 2
  1. Wee Gillis, Scotland, bagpipes, decisions, family
  2. They Were Strong and Good, USA, genealogy, travel, Civil War
  3. Make Way for Ducklings, Spring, USA - Boston, ducks, cities, families
  4. Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car, summer, England, car ride, animal friends, cooperation
  5. All Those Secrets of the World, summer, USA, WWII, beach, family
  6. Follow the Drinking Gourd, summer, USA, South, slavery, underground RR, hidden message

I plan on rowing volume 3 for the 2012-2013 school year (K and 2nd) and volume 4 for 2013-2014 (1st and 3rd).

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