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Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2014-15
It’s always interesting for me to see our curriculum choices listed in one place each year. Some things stay the same, and others change. (See our curriculum choices from 2012-13 and 2013-14 to compare.) Through it all, we keep learning and growing together as a family!
This year BookGirl is 11 years old and in the sixth grade, and Princess Roo is 9 years old and in the fourth grade. (See current pictures in a couple of weeks!) We’re very excited about the resources we’re using this year and hope you might find some inspiration here too!
This one is pretty simple. BookGirl is in her sixth year of using Christian Light Education for math, language arts, and reading. She loves that she can do them independently and knows exactly what to do every day, and I like the character and values taught in the lessons, the strong academic foundation she’s getting, and the cost (which fits our budget quite nicely).
- Math: We’re in our second year of using Life of Fred. My best friend and I went in together last year and bought the complete elementary set. Her son is using the upper level books, and we’re using the lower ones, so it works out great!
- Reading: We’re using some of the Christian Light Education readers that BookGirl used as she moved up through the grades. Princess Roo is enjoying the stories just as much as BookGirl did, and we have lots of opportunities to discuss social skills and behavior, character traits, Christian values, and poetry! (Many of the stories have a poem or two included at the end.) It’s also giving us the opportunity to work on critical thinking skills.
- Language arts: We’re using Growing with Grammar this year. After talking to some friends and seeing the samples online, we’re going to give it a try. (It’s not pictured because it’s on its way!) Princess Roo also wants to learn cursive (we tried last year, but she just wasn’t ready yet), so we’re going to give How to Tutor by Samuel Blumenfeld another try. It takes a very slow and steady route to learning to write the entire alphabet in cursive, which sounds like just our speed!
- Writing. In addition to the grammar, spelling, and handwriting they’re doing in language arts (and some writing in Christian Light Education for BookGirl), this year both girls are going to complete a flight using Here to Help Learning, a visual approach to teaching writing. (I am working on a partnership with Here to Help Learning to write a series of articles about using visual learning to teach writing to special needs students, so my family received a free membership to try it out this year.) BookGirl has chosen to take the course that will help her write a book with six chapters this school year, and Princess Roo is trying to decide on a course that will help her work on paragraph writing.
- Science: We’re going to work through Sassafras Science Zoology this year, doing the reading and discussion at home and getting together with other families for the hands-on activities and experiments a couple of times a month. We’re also going to do experiments (just for fun) from the book 365 Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials.
- Social studies: After some pretty deep conversations about how our government was set up and the Constitution on the way to Dallas for Teach Them Diligently Convention in June, we decided to spend some time studying the Constitution this year using Our Constitution Rocks! by Juliette Turner. We’re also going to review American history and expand on what we covered a few years ago. One of the resources we’re using is Adventures in Odyssey’s audio collection Adventures in American History 1620-1975. Finally, we’re going to explore some countries and cultures we haven’t touched on yet with the living books on the Heritage History Young Reader’s CD.
- Bible. This year we’re reading through the Bible as a family again, using the Chronological plan through the YouVersion Bible app.
- Other subjects. We’ll also work on art, music, physical education, and other subjects through various resources we have around the house and activities in the community.
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