Curriculum and Supplies
The purpose of the morning core classes for the beginning primary grades is to present young children with beautiful quality literature, begin laying a foundation for strong reading skills through phonics and spelling, and gently teach about God’s word and world with hands-on projects and in-class labs. Because we believe that the best part of homeschool is “home”, we think young children should have plenty of time to explore their world, be outside as much as possible, and gain a groundwork to become lifelong lovers of learning. To facilitate this, we suggest short and simple lessons at these ages.
Bible: At the beginning of each school day, students will hear stories read from the Bible as we follow the weekly layout ofGod's Great Covenant Old Testament 1: Genesis to Ruth. This curriculum will provide the foundation for our Bible time for our K-8 students at Heritage each week. We hope that families will follow up at home and delight in learning together. K-2nd students will not need the workbook, your family will want a copy to reference. Here is what the publisher says about the study:
"The Bible tells us God’s story. It has many parts, but from beginning to end it is one story with a promise throughout: “I will be your God, and you will be My people.” Through this story, we learn who God is, who mankind is, how the world came to be, and how God worked through history to bring redemption to His people. The God’s Great Covenant series will narrate this story for your student in an engaging and unique way.
God’s Great Covenant Old Testament 1: A Bible Course for Children teaches the biblical narrative from Genesis to Ruth, starting at the beginning when sin came into the world. This first book presents the overarching Old Testament themes of the promises and power of God, recounted in simple, weekly stories. Students will follow along with God’s people, see how He leads them and keeps His promises, and learn how the stories of God’s people begin to point us to the coming Savior, Jesus Christ."
For more information and sample lessons, click here to visit the Classical Academic Press website. Please note that we will not be using the quizzes in this book as such.
Foundations Literature: NEW!! For the 2019-2020 school year, we will use Around the World with Picture Books (Europe and South America) as the humanities spine of our kindergarten through third grade classes. Students will experience quality literature in a memorable way that makes it their own, through a variety of learning experiences that target their unique learning styles and interests. We will also expose them to beautiful, classic poetry, some of which students will be memorizing and presenting throughout the year. We encourage you to read often and alot with your children. Books that go with Around the World with Picture Books will be used in class but are not required for at home reading. Map drawing and geography will be covered in context. Early this summer, HL will send out a basic layout of the school year with learning objectives to give you time to find additional books and projects to go with each country, if desired. PLEASE do not purchase books until our official list is released with purchase links in late June.
Second Grade Foundations:
The aim in Second Grade is to continue to demonstrate to our children the beauty and order of words in a four-pronged fashion including spelling, reading, writing, and grammar so that that they will be able to make the proper use of language automatic. Regarding spelling: Second Graders at Heritage will begin their year reviewing the 75 phonograms used in the English language. They will continue to use these phonograms as the basis for building words in level two of a four year, comprehensive spelling program while reinforcing their increasing reading abilities. Regarding reading: students will practice reading using a parent-selected and leveled instructional reading program. Please see below for some suggested programs which expose readers to a variety of quality writers and classic literature and employ phonetic decoding strategies. While developing their basic reading skills, parents and classroom instructors will read aloud to the children acquainting them with delightful literature centered in Europe and South America and connecting it with the geography and history of those regions. Regarding writing: they will continue to develop their handwriting skills through daily copywork practice, 5-10 minutes per day, write sentences from dictation, and compose 1-2 sentence narrations so that they may begin to learn how to express their ideas in written form. These skills of memory work, copying, dictation, and oral narration will be augmented in a basic course in English grammar designed to train their ears to listen to and practice correctly spoken language, to train their attention through the skill of oral narration, and to begin instruction in the beginning skills of grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. Additionally, they will also memorize a poem every 3-6 weeks increasing their awareness of the beauty and delight of the English language.