Excellent Literature List by Grade

Excellent Literature by Grade Level

Reading good, quality literature is one sure way to help your child become a better student by boosting their exposure to well-written, masterfully-crafted sentences by classic authors.  These books can also help reinforce exceptional character traits.  Talk about what the characters in the story do to be kind, or how a certain character might have acted in a better way.  Discussion, not just reading, builds better comprehension and allows for excellent analysis of behavior skills.


Here’s just one of many lists out there, broken down by grade level:  Charlotte Mason book list.


Fall Planning Sheets

I use this full color document as my main lesson plan to which I refer throughout the quarter. Creating this Fall Quarter only took me a few hours. I do this four times a year and voila my planning is done!

Here’s how I do it:
  1. Make a table in Word, Excel, Publisher or any program you want with 10 rows and as many columns as you have subjects.
  2. Fill in the row headings by numbering from 1-9 (representing weeks one through 9)
  3. Fill in the column headings by adding each subject you’ll be studying for the quarter.
  4. Highlight each column and add background color if you’d like.
  5. Start to fill in the columns with what you need to accomplish each week. For example, Saxon 6/5 has 120 lessons in the book. I divide 120 lessons by our 36 week school year. If I do 4 Saxon 6/5 lessons per week, I will finish on time (or even a little early!). Do this with each subject.
  6. I use this replica of the Fall Quarter without all the color as my weekly guide. The white background makes it easier for me to check off or highlight what I’ve already accomplished. I can easily see what needs to be done before the week is over.

When I get everything set up for the quarter, I copy one week at a time into my Weekly Assignment Sheet. I have a section for Notes where I add interesting websites I want to visit, videos to watch, or other ideas I have pertaining to a subject for the week. Below the Notes section I have an area for each child and for the three of them together (we do many subjects as a group). This section is broken down into days of the week.

For Our Good Always

Summer is usually the time of year when homeschooling parents begin planning their upcoming school year.  Curriculum choices need to be finalized, books and supplies are purchased, and initial planning begins.

Have you considered Deuteronomy 6:7-9?  We’ve all heard these verses about teaching God’s Word:  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

I’d like to encourage you to make these verses your priority this school year.  Throughout your day teach scripture by weaving it into each subject.   Influence your children by example daily by letting them see you read the Bible, pray, and joyfully sing worship.  Memorize the Word as a family.  Literally write His words on your walls using sentence strips!

Teaching your children Latin, calculus, physics, and perfect grammar are wonderful goals and could likely result in brain surgeons and rocket scientists.  But do those ambitions really mean anything in the end if our children don’t follow Christ?

And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always…