Homeschool curriculum! It is the one thing that many people ask about, talk about, plan about and think about. This is the one thing that I pray about every year! I want to make the right choices for my kids, to give them the best chances at whatever it is they want to do. After a few years of playing around, I am happy with our homeschool curriculum choices for this year!
I have kids all over the school spectrum. I have a junior who is getting his credits so that he can graduate, and I have a preschooler who is just wanting to play all day. Not to mention the 3rd grader who wants to play video games or watch tv all day and the 1st grader who loves to do school, just on her schedule, not mine.
Finding curriculum that fits the kids, how they learn, and what they want to learn can sometimes be hard. But I am thankful that I have had the chance to find what works for my kids. Each one of the kids have something different for curriculum. Sometimes they share lessons, other times they are all over the place. But they are learning, and I am happy!
So, what is it that we use? A little bit of everything and something different for each of them! That is the best way to sum it up. Each child learns different, so I get the curriculum that works for them. We have not had much luck with boxed curriculum, so we tend to use a little of this and a little of that.
Moe Man – Junior
Moe Man is my junior this year! I am not ready for this to be happening! I have been denying it since he started his freshman year, but that still hasn’t stopped it from happening. We have tried a few different things. I know that anything that is writing intensive is not going to work for him. So, I was super happy to find Train Up a Child Publishing! Their Essay Styles for High School goes over the Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, Persuasive and Comparison/Contrast Essays, along with a short section on Honors Essays. Each essay is broken down, step by step and takes 4-6 weeks or longer. This has been a lifesaver for us!
Math is another area where I need to research before getting for Moe Man. We struggled for many years before we found No-Nonsense Algebra. These lessons are short, to the point and are video lesson. There is not a lot of reading and nothing extra to confuse him. His only request for me was to find a Geometry course that was similar. This is where I was lost and confused. Where would I find a duplicate of something that was new? Lo and behold, SchoolhouseTeachers.com has a great geometry course with MrD! When I went in and looked at these lessons, they seem similar. Maybe a little longer, but still the same idea. I am so excited to start this next month!
Ray Ray – 3rd Grade
This kid…he tests every button I never knew existed! Especially when it comes to school. He doesn’t want to do school but is super smart. He has taught himself almost everything he knows, just from reading and life in general. He is my child who taught himself how to read after fighting me in the lessons. He is the one who taught me some of the common core concepts with math. This is the kid who wants to play video games instead of do his lessons.
So how in the world am I supposed to teach him lessons? I keep them short. I keep them interesting. I find him something to read that is interesting and fun and full of learning! I found that with the Charlotte Mason style of learning. I also found that with Masterbooks. While I love most of their subjects in their boxed curriculum, there are still some that I change.
We do America’s Story together with Little Miss, but only Ray Ray does the worksheets. Little Miss colors while listening to the stories. Math, oh this is a blessing. This is a math program that Ray Ray won’t fight me with. We are 5 weeks in and he does it first thing! This is not like him, but I like it.
Science was where I had to make a change. I didn’t like the program, so I found one that both Ray Ray and Little Miss could work on together. This was found at Easy Peasy. I was so happy to find something that helped both of them and could take another subject and combine them together for these two.
Now, with four kids, this post could get long! I decided to cut it in half, literally! I will share how I have the girls learning on Wednesday with you! I hope you check back and see what I have found for them!
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The Details of Curriculum by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Reflections of a Curriculum Junkie by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Freedom through nature journaling. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
How I pull together a homeschool curriculum without packaged curriculum by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
Our Favorite Curriculum and Resources – An Annotated Bibliography by Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
Our 2018 Homeschool Curriculum Choices by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
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Homeschooling Curriculum We Are Using This Year by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Use the Force and Complete the Course by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Choices, choices – how to choose your curriculum wisely by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
Our Curriculum Needs – grade seven by Annette @ A Net in Time
The Heart of Our School by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
What I Use with 7th and 9th Grader – Virtual Homeschool Fair -Week 3 by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
How to Avoid Gaps in Education by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
Tricky Subjects and Starting the Decision Making Process by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
High School Syllabus by TrueNorthHomeschoolAcademy @ GoldenGrasses