Homeschool Curriculum: 2013-2014

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I’ll be completely honest with you: after spending the better part of a school year dealing with the public school system last year, I am so beyond thrilled to be bringing my children back home to homeschool them this year! I’m posting a little early, but #1- We are easing our way back into a homeschooling schedule {right now doing school one week, off one week; planning on starting ‘for real’ on the first of August} so I’ve already made these decisions, purchased 95% of the curriculum, and am raring to go! + #2-I always seem to miss out on the {not} back to school hop {which I love} so I’m going to prepare early so all I’ll have to do is link up + #3- I realized that I have yet to post anything about homeschooling on this blog, which is odd because it takes up SO much of my time, energy, and money! {Ack! The AUDACITY!}

Consider yourself warned:

I have six kids, so this list is L.O.N.G.

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A Word About How I Make My Choices

Our curriculum list is by no means a slight on your curriculum list. I’ve discovered, through almost 5 years of homeschooling, kind of what works for us and what doesn’t. That doesn’t mean that you can’t raise brilliant, intelligent, well-rounded children with your own choice of methods… just that my kids don’t learn the way yours do.

My husband and I both have this odd belief; namely, that if you don’t educate the heart of a person, all the knowledge in the world is useless. Therefore, it’s always been very important to us to find material that will enforce good habits, character, and thinking skills first, because the book learning is easier once a person knows all that. Also, we focus heavily on reading, writing, and math for the first several years of schooling. At 4, 5, and 6, our children’s main goals are to become readers, at 7 and 8 to become fluent readers.

Any curriculum that goes against those goals or pushes the importance of independent reading aside {and you would be surprised how many we’ve suffered through that do!}, are immediately tossed, donated, or otherwise removed from our house. These are, so far, the best choices we’ve found for our family to meet those goals.

Now! Onward to the curriculum yumminess! *

I’m going to list (first) each child’s specific books, (second) family resources in addition to each book {like CD’s or DVD’s we’ll all be using} and then (third) resources specific to me. : -) {Resources used in group study or by more than one child, but on individual grade levels, are marked like this.} Although my children use many of the same resources, I decided {and yes, I actually paused to think about this for a few minutes!} to post them based on their age range, instead of just a lump list because it makes it easier to see the differences created by different age ranges and grades, and how those same resources are used multiple times, and thus saves money!

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Curriculum 2013-2014*

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Harmony- 9 Years Old

PhonicsThe Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading

{All six children work through this book independently, are at different levels, and progress at different speeds. The goal with it is mastery, not completion.}

Literature- Five in a Row + Momma’s Reading List, Grade 4 (which needs a post all of it’s own!)

Grammar: First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 4–Teacher’s Edition +  Level 4 Student Workbook

Writing: Writing with Ease, Level 4 + Writing Strands: Challenging Writing Projects for Homeschoolers, Level 3 +Write Through Philippians (Cursive)

Math: Life of Fred (We have scheduled through Jelly Beans for Miss Harmony this year!)

Spelling: Spelling Power 

History: Story of the World, Vol. 1: Ancient Times, Revised, Hardcover +Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times Activity Book, Revised (2nd cycle through Ancients for Harmony)

Science: Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space

Latin: The Big Book of Lively Latin

Bible/ Religion: Westminster Shorter Confession for Kids! 

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Forrest & Regan- Age 7

Phonics:The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading

{All six children work through this book independently, are at different levels, and progress at different speeds. The goal with it is mastery, not completion.}

Literature- Five in a Row + Momma’s Reading List, Grade 2 (which needs a post all of it’s own!)

Grammar:  First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 2

Writing: Writing with Ease, Level 2 + Write Through Philippians (Cursive)

Math: Life of Fred (Hopefully making it through Honey)

Spelling: Spelling Power

History:  Story of the World, Vol. 1: Ancient Times, Revised, Hardcover +Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times Activity Book, Revised

Science: Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space

Bible/ Religion: Westminster Shorter Confession for Kids! 

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Gabriel & Elijah- Age 6

Jude- Age 5

PhonicsThe Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading

{All six children work through this book independently, are at different levels, and progress at different speeds. The goal with it is mastery, not completion.}

Literature- Five in a Row + Momma’s Super Challenging Reading List, Grade 1 (which needs a post all of it’s own!)

Grammar:  First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 1

Writing*: Writing with Ease, Level 1 + Write Through Philippians (Print)

{*Jude has not built up the hand strength to do as strenuous of an amount of writing as the twins, so he’s moving through these at a slower pace than the they are.} 

Math: Life of Fred (Scheduled for Apples through Dogs this year.)

Spelling: Spelling Power

History: Story of the World, Vol. 1: Ancient Times, Revised, Hardcover +Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times Activity Book, Revised

Science: Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space

Bible/ Religion: Westminster Shorter Confession for Kids! 

Group Resources*

{This is an ongoing, ever changing, ever evolving list so I will probably add to this a dozen times throughout the year!}

CDs

The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs, Volume 1 {Questions 1-28}

Seeds Family Worship Vol. 1: Courage CD

DVDs

Singsong Latin {haven’t purchased this one yet!!} 

Times Tales

Others

We Choose Virtues: Homeschool Kit

XTRA Math {An awesome math practice website!}

A Child’s Book of Character Building

My Resources

I’ve touched on this a couple of times, but I figure there’s never too many times you can mention a great resource {especially if you’re a homeschooler! We need all the advice we can get!} 

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home {My Go-To Reference!}

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner 

So that’s it!

I’m not sure whether it seems like a whole lot, or a whole little looking at it in this type of format. We are very Classical Education inclined this year: such a switch from just a few short years ago when we were all about the Charlotte Mason way of doing things! I haven’t lost all of my CM tendencies… I’ve just discovered my kids are doing better with the more structured, memory based, approach {and the occasional workbook-LOL}. 

 

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4 thoughts on “Homeschool Curriculum: 2013-2014

  1. I love that homeschooling gives such family flexibility! My children are self teachers so when I push subjects they refuse but when I engage them in subjects thru life experiences they thrive….five in a row allows more life experiences and good snuggle up reading time. We are fans of FIAR. 🙂 best of luck for a good year!

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