The boxes have arrived and we’re all ready for the start of another homeschool year here at Elm Tree Academy!

Big J is in first grade this year {and proud to tell everyone that he does school at home!} and Little J will be doing preschool at home for the first time. You should have seen the look on Little J’s face when his math book showed up – he is SO excited!

And I am excited to be starting our second year with a little clearer picture of what we want our homeschool experience to look like and a better idea of how we best function in this setting together!

I am using the Weekly Homeschool Planner from Homeschool Creations to plan the year. I can do it all on the computer AND use it year after year, just saving the editable PDF under a new name each time! You can read my review of it from last year for more info!

When I wrote out this list of what we will be using, it looked really long, but we won’t be using every book every day. We prayed about and researched what to do this year and here is what we came up with! And as the year goes, this list may change as we do what is best for each boy and their education!

Our choices for 2012-2013…

{* indicates a new curriculum series or company for us this year!}

Summer School:

*Olympics 2012 Unit Study {July 16-August 10}

Reading & Phonics:

The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading {both boys, starting at different places in the book!}


*First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1 {Big J}

*The Complete Writer: Level 1 Workbook for Writing with Ease{Big J}


A Reason for Handwriting: Level K {Little J}, Level B {Big J}


A Reason for Spelling: Level B {Big J}


Math-U-See Primer {Little J}

Math-U-See Beta {Big J}


Apologia’s Zoology I with Jr. Notebook

*Zoo Guide: A Bible-Based Handbook to the Zoo

The Complete Aquarium Adventure

*Museum Guide: A Bible-Based Handbook to Natural History Museums

Social Studies:

*Apologia’s Around the World in 180 Days

*Hands On Geography {Bright Ideas Press}


Our 24 Family Ways (2010) {morning devotion time}

Seeds Family Worship

What’s in the Bible?

The Dig for Kids

A Is for Adam: The Gospel from Genesis


Plants Grown Up

For Instruction in Righteousness, 3rd Edition


*How to Teach Nutrition to Kids

*Nutrition Fun with Brocc & Roll: A hands-on activity guide

Physical Fitness:

Family Time Fitness


Accent on Composers


*Artistic Pursuits

For Mom:

Educating The WholeHearted Child

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling

Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys

Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids

The Power of a Praying Parent


Whew! I think that is it, but like I said before, I will update this list as the year goes on!

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