Today is a no-curriculum day at the Mrs. C house. This morning, Elf and Emperor are looking at the US map and I will hand them a blank piece of paper and "test" them in a little while. We'll see how many states they can remember. I know the next unit in our Social Studies curriculum is about the 50 states, but from what it looks like, the children read five pages about the different US regions and then somehow have the states memorized for the test. (Unfortunately, most math curriculum seems to be the same way about addition/subtraction and other facts. Sure, you get a little practice in the workbook, but mostly you need to drill these things until the student knows them.)
Next up, I'm going to dig around and find a small photo album I got free from Wal-mart years ago when I had pictures developed. I'll use this to make a "social story" with Elf about how to behave in church. Do not ask why I am going to do this; just go ahead and applaud me for doing it or knock me in the comment section for not thinking of it before.
We're going to make the story short but cohesive (that's English). With pictures (that's art). We're going to read it several times (that's reading).
For maths? Ok, I guess we're sort of using curriculum on that, if you count "playing" on the computer. Vroot and Vroom are space aliens who need help making cakes. Elf and Emperor get their stuffed animals and make pies for them. One ferocious dragon is apparently quite fond of the lemon kind.