And now, our full curriculum list for Rosebud and Sunshine.


Our Organization & Planning Resources

As I mentioned in part one of this blog series, I used Pam Barnhill’s Plan Your Year ebook and forms to organize our homeschool life this year. I am including a few examples of the forms we are utilizing this year toward the end of this post. I also took one of Sarah MacKenzie’s master classes, Focus and Align, which featured her Rule of Six, and cast a vision for our classroom. I posted about it earlier this summer, but it wouldn’t hurt to include it here just as a refresher.


If the curriculum choice didn’t fit with our rule of six, or if it didn’t reflect the goals that I set for each child using the Plan Your Year resources, it was set aside.  When I list each curricula a little later in the post, I will notate which statement of the rule of six it embodies. You will notice that rule five is featured in each subject (keep reading for more about that)!

Classical Learning

Many of our resources come from the Classical Academic Press publishing company. When I read the following quote on their website, I knew their curriculum would fit our homeschool philosophy perfectly.

Our motto “Classical Subjects Creatively Taught,” describes the essence of all that we publish. We seek to produce classical curricula and media with a clear design and structure, incremental and systematic instruction, all with a touch of delight, creativity, and flair.

More specifically, we are employing the ideals put forth in Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain’s The Liberal Arts Tradition. In this tradition, we study the seven liberal arts (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric, music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy), also known as the trivium and quadrivium. We combine these with a “larger model consisting of what we term piety, gymnastic, music, liberal arts, philosophy, and theology.” (Clark, Jain) Therefore, rule five of our rule of six applies to all of the arts or skills that we are studying–even mathematics.  Here is a visual representation of the classical liberal arts tradition we are embracing. Take a moment to study it. Notice the fruit that is being produced in the life of the learner. THIS is what I desire for our family.

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Taken from The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain


Curriculum Listing

Let me say from the outset that we are not striving to get through all our curriculum by May. Trying to “finish the book at all costs” proved to be an obstacle for us last year. That mindset was an anxious one and I want to teach from a place of peace and restfulness this time around. Rather than allowing the curriculum to rule over us, I decided that we would rule the curriculum and use it as it fits our learning and pacing best (see Sarah MacKenzie’s Teaching from Rest). Therefore, there are some books I am using sparingly–just to achieve a certain learning goal. Others, we are delving into completely, but if we don’t finish by May we can just carry on with it at another time–as long as it still meets our goals and rule of six.



Daily Work 1:

Physical Education:


This year, we are going to do 30 minutes of math everyday, rather than one hour five days a week. Quelle horreur!  Is that what you are thinking at this point? Actually, once the girls get used to the idea, I believe it is going to take a lot of stress out of our math time. I plan to write a future post on the nitty gritty of how we are going to schedule these two curricula (Math U See and Teaching Textbooks), along with some other methods and games from Math Mammoth throughout our year.


  • Latin for Children Primer A, published by Classical Academic Press (Rules 1, 2, 4, &5)
  • This curriculum is delightful. Rosebud loves it and actually looks forward to Latin time.


Language Arts Morning Loop:

We will loop these subjects rather than exploring them on specific days of the week.  We also loop our content area subjects. Later in the post, I will show an example of our Fine Arts Loop in our Morning Time. If you would like to learn more about loop scheduling,  here  is a wonderful blog post, webinar, and podcast on how to do it. It will change your life.  Seriously. 


  • Classical Conversations Essentials of the English Language (Rules 1, 2, 4, &5) This resource will be used in our co-op, and will probably be the spine of Rosebud’s grammar studies.
  • Fix It GrammarRobin Hood, published by IEW. This is an excellent curriculum that takes about 5-10 minutes a day to complete. It strengthens grammar, writing, and dictionary skills. Rosebud actually completes this alongside her handwriting while I work with Sunshine on spelling. It also coincides with our Medieval studies this year.
  • Well Ordered Language: The Curious Child’s Guide to Grammar, published by Classical Academic Press (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5). Don’t you just love that title? Both girls are using the memory work songs and chants from this book, and utilizing their unique “choral analysis” method. It will serve as an extra fun review and practice when Rosebud needs it.


Morning Time Symposium:

Morning Time Symposium is a special time of day when we all gather together to encounter truth, goodness, and beauty. It is the heart of our day. If you were to glance back at the liberal arts tree image, you would see many aspects of that image reflected in what we do.

  • Hymnody: We open by singing a hymn of the faith (Rules 1, 2, & 4)
  • Bible: 
  • Memory Work:
  • Fine Arts Loop: We will loop through the following activities (see example at the end of the post)
    • S. Q. U. I. L. T.: which stands for super quiet uninterrupted listening time. Students listen to classical music and discuss various aspects about what they are hearing. (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)  Since SQUILT does not currently offer lesson plans for Medieval and Renaissance music, I am just plugging in a few of my own favorites. We listened to some Hildegard von Bingen this week and the girls LOVED it.
    • Art History: K12 Art Authority:  This is an excellent iPad app for viewing the complete opus of hundreds of famous (and not so famous) artists. We will study artists and art forms of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)  Discovering Great Artists: This too will be used in our homeschool co-op (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)  
    • Art ProjectsDeep Space Sparkle art projects (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) We are trying out her castle, viking ship, and king/queen portrait art projects.
    • Music History/Composer study: various Medieval and Renaissance composers will be studied throughout the year (to go along with our history studies). My three degrees are in music, so I am kind of creating my own curriculum here! (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). We will replace art history with music history in our second six week block. 
    • Drawing: Drawing with Children: This will also be used in our homeschool co-op (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). We also enjoy the Draw Write Now series of books.

Content Area Loop:

  • Science

Just like last year, we are embarking on four 9-week unit studies. We will use the following texts and note-booking journals published by Apologia.  We started the Anatomy & Astronomy texts last year, so we will plan to finish them up this year. Or, maybe we won’t finish them and that’s okay! (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Lunch and Audio Book time:

Many times during lunch, we will put on an audio book as we eat together. This year we will listen to Harry Potter books 3-7 and begin the Lord of the Rings trilogy. After we eat and listen, the girls head out to play.

Daily Work 2: Handwriting & Spelling

While I work with one daughter on Spelling, the other completes her handwriting on her own.



  • All About Spelling Level 5   (Rules 1, 2, 4, 5). Rosebud absolutely loves the AAR curriculum. This has been an excellent choice for our family and her spelling skills have really grown.


Book Time

Other than morning time symposium, this is our favorite time of day. We set aside an entire hour to read aloud, read to self, analyze literature, and work on phonicsWe will use Teaching the Classics as our spine for analyzing and discussing literature. (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

  • Read Aloud: I am pulling the majority of our read aloud titles from the books suggested by the Beautiful Feet website. They have a wonderful selection of “living books” that focus upon Medieval themes. One can purchase the entire set directly from Beautiful Feet.  They are currently offering free shipping for this package.  I decided to buy several of these used on Amazon for the price of about $1 plus shipping.  I will also read aloud A Child’s Geography:  Explore Medieval Kingdoms.

Medieval History Intermediate Pack    215.95   Beautiful Feet Books

  • Rosebud’s Assigned Fiction Read to Self Titles: She may or may not get through all of these.
    • Adam of the Road by E J Grey (see above)
    • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George
    • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
    • Mathilda by Roald Dahl
    • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
    • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Rosebud will pick out several non-fiction sources, including books that coincide with our history and science studies, such as What Really Happened During the Middle Ages? by Terri Johnson.

  • Reading Comprehension Resources: We will use these periodically


  • Various Resources (Rules 2, 4, 5)

Typing Instructor (Rules 4, 5)



Daily Work 1:

Physical Education:

  • Family Time Fitness (Rules 1, 4 & 5)



  • Song School Latin Book 1, published by Classical Academic Press (Rules 1, 2, 4, &5)
  • This one is so much fun, and Sunshine loves getting on Headventureland and practicing her Latin with fun games and activities.

Language Arts Morning Loop:


  • Well Ordered Language, published by Classical Academic Press (Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5)
  • Language Smarts C published by The Critical Thinking Company



Morning Time Symposium:

See Rosebud’s List


Content Area Loop: 

See Rosebud’s List


Daily Work 2: Handwriting & Spelling




Book Time:

  • Phonics:
    • All About Reading Level 3 (Rules 1, 2, 4, 5) I highly, highly recommend this curriculum for teaching phonics to your child. It has strengthened Sunshine’s decoding skills far above and beyond what I could have hoped for. I attribute that to this series. She is what I would call, a reluctant reader. Reading is not her favorite past time. She would much rather write and illustrate a story than read one. Yet, she is reading and developing fluency that will carry her into her adult life.
  • Sunshine’s Assigned Fiction Read to Self TitlesStill TBD.  Sunshine is not the voracious reader that Rosebud is. She won’t often choose to read a book in her free time outside of “school.” The only books she enjoys right now are the American Girl books.  She is finishing up the Samantha series and plans to begin the Felicity series. She loves to listen to stories, though, so in addition to my read aloud options, she is given time to listen to audio books such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz. By keeping books all around her, reading to her, and allowing her some listening time, I hold fast to the belief that she will fall head over heels in love with reading at some point!


  • Various piano books (Rules 2, 4, 5)

A Bit About Our Schedule

Loop Scheduling:

We do not hit all of our subjects in one day. Where is the “restful learning” in that? In fact, as you will see, many of them are placed within a loop of some sort.  I do not assign history to MWF and Science to TTh. Instead, we just block off about an hour every day for these content areas and work through each at our own pace. It may take two days in a row to finish a science lesson, then we move on to our history lesson if there is still time left. This way, if something crazy happens on a Tuesday and we miss our content area time, then we just pick up where we left off–rather than missing a subject all together. Looping also works great for language arts subjects like grammar and writing. I am including the fine arts loop we have during our Morning Symposium time. If you want to learn more about designing a loop schedule, read and listen here. These forms are included in Pam’s Plan Your Year.


Fine Arts Loop Term 1


Block Scheduling:

In this form, I have outlined the specific content that we will be using in our fine arts loop (above) and our read aloud time. We are dividing our school year up into six six-week terms with a one week break in between each term.  I only use block scheduling for subjects in which we are using several different resources. This form would also work well for laying out our science studies.

Block Schedule Planner Six Term

Daily Plan: In Block Form

Here is an overview of our daily plan. We begin with our Family Time Fitness workout and end with piano. Our co-op meets on Mondays and takes up most of our day.  On those days, we will complete our workout and math before we head out, and finish the day with book time.

As mentioned several times before, I use Pam Barnhill’s Plan Your Year ebook and forms. Have I said that enough? Is it sticking yet? Repetitio est mater studiorum.  

I love them. Go buy them–you won’t regret it!

Daily Plan 1Daily Plan 2

And there you have it! These are the resources we will be using this year to grow as learners. I will plan to give a little more detail about each as we get into our school year–so stay tuned!


Oh, and as a side note, hop on over to our Facebook page to “like” it and plan to attend my first Facebook Live talk/event that I will be giving about improving the health of our families. The 30 minute session will occur on Thursday, August 25th at 8 p.m. central.  This will be featured as a part of our “Seeds of Health” resources.  Join our event group and invite your friends! Until then…

Blessings to you and your family!






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