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Our girls each have a folder that holds the poems
they have learned throughout the year. These have
also been helpful to use for copywork exercises
during our schooltime. Each poem is 8 1/2 x 11 in
size. Poems for Year 1 & 2 include:

  • “The Caterpillar”  by Christina G. Rossetti
  • “Work” by Anonymous
  • “Hearts Are Like Doors” by Anonymous
  • “Days of the Week”  ~ Mother Goose rhyme
    adapted by                                                 
    Sara Buffington
  • “The Months” a Mother Goose rhyme
  • “Mr. Nobody” by Anonymous
  • “The Goops” by Gelett Burgess
  • “The Year” by Sara Coleridge, adapted by
    Sara Buffington
  • “The Little Bird” a Mother Goose rhyme
  • “All Things Beautiful” by Cecil Alexander
After hearing Jessie Wise speak at a homeschool convention, I quickly
picked up her book
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind to
use with our children as our language curriculum. Even though it is
intended for 1st and 2nd grade, we used it with our 3rd grader to help
her get a solid understanding of the parts of speech. Rather than taking
two years to complete the book, we were able to do it in one year with
our 2nd and 3rd grader.

To go along with our lessons, I put together printables of the poems that
the children memorize during the first 3 years of the lessons. We have
loved using this curriculum and learning the poems together. I highly
recommend it!!
Spelling is now one of our FAVORITE subjects! All About Spelling is a full
curriculum for beginning spellers through high school. Our kids ASK to do spelling
each week {I know it sounds crazy, but it's true}. It is a
fabulous, hands-on
spelling program with detailed lesson plans for the teacher. If you are interested in
learning more, you can read a more detailed review about
the spelling program
here or visit the All About Spelling site to find out more!
Spelling, Reading, and Writing
All About Reading books correlate with what your child is learning in All About
Spelling. They feature beautiful illustrations with easy-to-follow text for your early
readers. The books can also be used independently from the All About Spelling
program. By Fall 2010 there will be 3 books to go along with Level 1 Spelling and
2 books to correlate with Level 2 Spelling. If you are interested in learning more,
you can read a more detailed review on
the All About Reading Books here or visit
All About Reading site to find out more!
All About Homophones is a great tool to help teach your children homophones
quickly and easily (homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled, sea/see, etc...). The book comes with homophone
worksheets, games and activities, and includes over 200 pages of teaching tools
and resources for you to help teach your child about homophones. You can read a
detailed review on my blog or visit the All About Spelling site.
After realizing how much our girls loved the poem
printables, I put together a set for our Year 3
studies ahead of time. Each poem is 8 1/2 x 11 in
size. Poems for Year 3 include:

  • “The Land of Nod” by Robert Louis
  • “A Tragic Story” by William Makepeace
  • “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William
  • “A Time to Talk” by Robert Frost
  • “The Bells” by Edgar Allen Poe
  • “A Slash of Blue” by Emily Dickinson
Even though we aren't ready for Year 4 of First
Language Lessons, I had to put the poem
printables together to share!

Poems for Year 4 include:

  • “Afternoon on a Hill” by Edna St. Vincent
  • “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • “How Doth...” by Lewis Carroll
  • “Learning to Read” by Frances Ellen
    Watkins Harper
  • “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler
  • “The Height of the Ridiculous” by Oliver
    Wendell Holmes