The Picture Book Curriculum

Now that we are homeschooling, people ask us what curriculum we are using.

The true answer is: picture books. Oh, the history, the science, the mathematics, and the vocabulary we learn from picture books! With poetry and illustrious illustrations, we learn about Albert Einstein and Wilma Rudloph, the Holocaust and homesteading, leukemia and loneliness, phonics and France.

The girls say “Ciao!” for hello. They point out fungi on a family hike. They ask if they can put out their shoes on St. Nick’s Day. They use words like “ridiculous” and “impressive” and “fortunately.” All from picture books.

Never underestimate the power of children’s books to teach the basic necessities of education and of the heart. If I had to choose between my curriculum and my library card, I would choose the latter.


P.S. We’re also supplementing with the My Father’s World 1st Grade curriculum.


  1. Julie Kieras says

    I taught 7th and 8th grade reading and writing and picture books abounded in my classroom. At first my students were like, “those are baby books,” and I said, “no, these are PICTURE books!” A had a picture book as the “touchstone text” for nearly every minilesson in our writer’s and reader’s workshops! Picture books are indeed powerful learning and teaching tools! In fact I have somewhere a spreadsheet list of books with the concepts that can be taught from each one.
    Have you ever read Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook!? (Not that you probably NEED more ideas!)
    Ok sorry for the long comment, but I just ADORE picture books for reading and teaching!!!

    • stephsday says

      Yes. I have read that one. I appreciate books that acknowledge the wonder and power of reading.

      Have you read “Honey for a Child’s Heart,” by chance? It’s in the same genre and I bet you would like it:

      Also, Tim & I have a new site (still in beta) that is all about children’s lit. Take a peek and send along any feedback you have: :)

  2. c roylston says

    I am using MFW 1st grade too! I have used MFW for 6 yrs. We too love books, somedays we love to just finish the whole book, one chapter is not enough.

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