When *B* was ready to start 1st grade I realized that I had no clue what I was doing! So, I read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. It was exactly what I needed, something to tell me what to teach and when to teach it. I don't think I would be where I am, without having read that book.
Since then, I've almost completely come away from Classical Education. My style is definitely eclectic (as many homeschoolers are) but more specifically I like to say that I am a good mixture of Ruth Beechick and Charlotte Mason with a splash of Classical Education.
I've recently added Ambleside Online's literature. (We are ready to begin week 2.) Next week, I am also adding Composers, Artists, and Hymns. We had been doing a Picture Study, but I chose pictures I had lying around the house. I'm all out now. :) We will be using Module 1 from each category found here: Simply Charlotte Mason.
I started late, so we will be doing our "chunks" in 6 weeks instead of 8. Here is what we will be studying from November - January. Composers: Bach & Mozart; Artists: Claude Monet & Christian Riese Lassen; Hymns: I Sing the Mighty Power of God & O Come, All Ye Faithful.
Edited: I decided to wait on the artist John James Audubon until we start our study of birds in Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.