It’s August! Whew! I just spent a big chunk of July — and a big chunk of money, it seems — selecting and purchasing books for the upcoming school year.
Since I am the type of person who is motivated by themes, I really do best with unit studies. This year’s theme is “Let the Nations Be Glad” from Psalm 67:4, with a strong world geography undertone.
We are using some parts of the My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures curriculum — and some things that I’ve added in — to go around the globe. We’ll “visit” one or more countries in each continent. For each country, we’ll learn about and pray for the people groups who live there, learn about the ecosystems, and learn about one or two missionaries who served there and the biblical virtues they each exemplify. The girls each have passports and flag stickers, and the rumor is they are going to travel hither and yon in an airplane made out of a large cardboard box.
I am most excited to read all the missionary stories — they fascinate me — and to tie in lessons about the biblical virtues these people demonstrated in their lives. And I am eager to learn alongside my children as we peer at various countries with the perspective of a compassionate, biblical worldview.
We will continue to use the NIrV Discoverer’s Bible for Early Readers and some other books that have been on our shelves for a while, but here’s what’s new (or mostly new) to our shelves:
RightStart Math Level D (for 3rd grader)
RightStart Math Level A (for Kindergartener)
A Reason for Handwriting K (for Kindergartener)
Spelling Workout Level C Pupil Edition by Phil Trocki (for 3rd grader)
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 3 Instructor Guide by Jessie Wise (for 3rd grader)
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1 by Jessie Wise (for Kindergartener; we used Level 2 last year with my second grader)
Writing Strands Level 3 (for 3rd grader)
Hero Tales book series by Dave and Neta Jackson (read aloud)
Pathway Readers Days Go By and More Days Go By (for Kindergartener)
Little Lights (a series of books about missionaries) by Catherine Mackenzie (for Kindergartener)
Ten Girls Who… (a series of books about missionaries and other great women of faith) by Irene Howat (for 3rd grader)
Christian Liberty Nature Readers (book #3 and #4 for 3rd grader)
Rosetta Stone Spanish (for 3rd grader)
Properties of Ecosystems by Answers in Genesis
A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth by Ann Voskamp (for 3rd grader)
My Father’s World from A to Z Kindergarten (just the units we didn’t tackle last year in pre-K)
Geography Read-Alouds, References and Tools:
Window on the World by Daphne Spraggett with Jill Johnstone
The Illustrated World Atlas by Dr. Alisdair Rogers
Maps & Globes by Jack Knowlton and Harriet Barton
Geography from A to Z by Jack Knowlton and Harriet Barton
Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney