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Our first year of homeschooling came and went, and because I was so stressed about making sure that I didn’t miss anything, I ordered a TON of homeschool curriculum. Actually more like 2 tons.
Everyone I talked to had suggested I “take it easy”, “test different things and styles”, and “find the best fit for my family”. But if you knew me, you’d know that I can’t take it easy. I’m a planner, a list maker, and a box checker. I read reviews, searched the internet for all the possible choices, I talked to friends, and I even interrogated strangers. After months, I came up with what I considered the “perfect curriculum”. After just a few weeks, I realized that my choices were not so “perfect”. Needless to say I completely overwhelmed my poor kids with busy work and just plain boring work for weeks!
Thankfully, husband intervened and helped me make some changes. Once we got a hang of things we purged the extra stuff, replaced the boring stuff and we were on our way to brighter days. Oh the relief.
Homeschooling has taught me a few things, and flexibility is the most important lesson I learned. Our choices for this year are by no means perfect, but they are the “best fit for our family” now.
History – History Revealed series, by Diana Waring. Will be using for grades 3, 4, 6, 8 & 12
We nearly finished the first volume “Ancient Civilizations and the Bible” last year, and my girls really enjoyed it. This year we plan on finishing the last two units and we will continue with “Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries”. I purchased the full family curricula which includes an elementary workbook. the elementary workbook covers material for K-5, and the textbook covers 6-12. This is the curriculum we are all looking forward to the most.
Science – God’s Design for Life, published by Answers in Genesis. Will be using for grades 3, 4, 6 & 8
We completed God’s Design for Heaven and Earth last year. There’s a fun experiment at the end of almost every chapter, and 90% of the experiments can be done with simple household items. It is designed for grades 1-8.
Language Arts – Learning Language Arts Through Literature. Will be using Yellow Book 3rd Grade, Orange Book 4th Grade, Tan Book 6th Grade, Grey Book 8th Grade, Gold Book (British Literature) 12th Grade
Each student reads 4 to 5 novels and several short stories per school year, including biographies, and classic literature. In the upper grades the students evaluate different novels, and are assigned several writing assignments related to their readings.
Math – Teaching Textbooks. Will be using Math 3, Math 4, Math 6, Pre-Algebra & Algebra 2
I chose this curriculum based on the ease of use. I can teach my kids just about anything, math sadly is not one of those things. I only wish I had this when I was in school!
Bible – Bible Road Trip by Danica Cooley. Will be using for grades 3, 4, 6, 8 & 12
We’ve never used this before, but I’ve been reading about it and studying it all summer. We had planned on lots of notebooking this year, so this fits right in. Another BIG plus is that this curriculum is free!
Music – PianoMaestro by JoyTunes
This is an iPad app I found last year. Happy to report all my kids have learned a few tunes and the basics of reading music. It was a wonderful change from the DVD curriculum we started the year with.
Other curriculum we will use this year:
American Government – The Story of the Constitution
Economics – Bluestocking Guide
Grammar – Easy Grammar
Spanish – Rosetta Stone
Spelling – Spelling Workout
Vocabulary – English From the Roots Up
Writing (Elementary) – Just Write, books 2 & 3
Writing (Middle & High School) – Write Your Roots
My youngest will also be taking a Lego class, the two oldest will join choir and the two oldest theater. The 4 oldest play basketball and there is talk of maybe even volleyball, but I don’t think I’ll have the energy for that. We will play it by ear.
As you’ve can see, most of the curriculum for the core subjects we will cover this year will work for all 5 girls. This makes my life just a little easier, and hopefully our days a little smoother.