As we are a Charlotte Mason based school, the majority of our textbooks are "living books" (well-written historical fiction and/or nonfiction books). We are always reading, writing, listening and absorbing the English language.
Pre and Emergent readers use the Engelmann curriculum-
"Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Lessons".
Older students work from Jenny Phillip's "The Good and the Beautiful
" curriculum for spelling, language arts and creative writing.
Math is a really fun subject to teach and learn-- we use Life of Fred
as an everyday math text. It is a fictional narrative that follows a kid named Fred while introducing students to essential life concepts. Because "common core" math standards are assessed in the end of year state mandated standardizing testing, I choose to also use Teaching Textbooks
for grades 2+, so each student has individual time spent with a 'standard' math curriculum. The beauty of Teaching Textbooks is that it is a web-based application that parents can monitor on a daily basis, if they wish.
A large part of our curriculum is based on outdoor Nature Study, which lays the foundation of formal science studies (mostly units from Jenny Phillip's The Good and the Beautiful
) as well as art, writing and careful observation.
A significant portion of classroom time will be spent with the students exploring, researching, designing and creating their own units. For example, we will be embarking upon a student-led Journalism unit this year (2019-2020) that centers around learning the skills needed to create a successful YouTube channel.
Real-World Skills ( wellness, yoga, meditation, cooking, sewing, gardening, canning, foraging, first aid, woodworking, etc.) are also an important part of our school.
We attend a Health and Wellness class led by Amanda Riley of Blissful Balance
one afternoon a week. Parents are encouraged to join us.