Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for 2017/2018 School Year
I thought I would do an overview of our homeschool curriculum choices for the year. This year is SO different compared to previous years. For a couple of years we used Heart of Dakota which was great! We have used a hodge podge of curriculum many times instead of a whole set which gives you lots of room for creativity and lots of chances to “go down rabbit holes” if something catches your attention.
For math we have used Life of Fred almost every year; and not always as our main math, but just as a supplement and for additional humorous learning of things while you have no idea that you are learning things. They learn things and then put it in their pocket for later! (If you have read Life of Fred, you’d get that!) All of my kids have always loved Life of Fred, laughing all the way through and then quoting things we have learned even years later. So, it for sure sticks in their minds and possibly in their pockets as well; and they learn so much more than just math!
This year our son, who is doing 9th grade is working though Life Of Fred Algebra and is using CTC Math as well as Life of Fred. Avery is doing 7th grade and is working though Life of Fred as well, and she is doing CTC Math too. This is our first year doing CTC Math, and so far so good. I love all of the features, the graphs, and the awards. It really provides great feedback on what skills need a little bit of extra help.
The past several years we have been using Teaching Textbooks which I still adore; however, my kids needed a little change, and you never know we may end up going back to it eventually. Malli, who is doing 5th grade is doing MasterBooks, Math for a Living Education, and she didn’t want to feel left out, so she is doing CTC math as well. She really loves getting her certificates with her grade average after each section which pushes her to want to keep going to earn another.
For history, Bray is doing Notgrass History- Early American and we are also supplementing with Compass Classroom’s American History. He is really liking it along with reading some living books related to the time period he is studying. The girls are doing mostly all living books and historic novels this year because this year we are really concentrating hard on writing and getting better at every aspect of writing.
Science is one of my kids favorite subjects and always has been. We have previously done all Apologia science and it has been a hit. This year Brayden is taking an Apologia High School Biology class with a wonderful homeschool small group here in our town. The girls are working through a beginning Chemisty/Physics class with www.allinonehomeschool.com and they are loving it. It is has provided us so far with several opportunities for fun experiments and great videos of experiments that aren’t okay to do at home. We have also discovered that they love Steve Spangler Science and love watching his videos even when we aren’t doing science.
Grammar and Writing
For Grammar and Writing after much debating and thinking and researching we FINALLY decided on Writing Strands for writing and G.U.M. Drops for Grammar. So far, so good with both! We all love the humor of the author and the way it is broken down makes it easy to do one day or two days and even more if you prefer.
Writing Strands comes in levels, and level 3 is basically a good level for kids of various ages to improve their writing and composition. We are moving through it pretty fast and I am thinking we will move onto level 4 by February. With G.U.M. Drops, they are all doing their own respective grade level.
This year we are also doing Spanish and Latin. We are just begining in spanish so we are just now getting our feet wet with it. We are using www.allinonehomeschool.com for spanish as well as www.duolingo.com. We are doing Latin with Compass Classroom; and I decided on the two of them together because learning Latin makes learning other languages a bit easier as we have so many roots to Latin in our English language as well as in Spanish. As a bonus, All In One Homeschool actually ties the two together with Latin and Spanish. I highly recommend www.compassclassroom.com for several things, as it is a fantastic value and it’s all right there for you! You have access to the worksheets and all additional resources including quizzes and the answers to all of the worksheets and of course the quizzes too.
So, there you have it! That’s our curriculum choices for this year! I will continue to post about our year as we go; as I’m sure it will be a year of big changes for all of us!