I’ve had to think about curriculum for 2013-14 extra early this year. Probably not early for most homeschool mamas, but I’m usually just getting packages into fall… in fact, just as the new school year begins.
But Dalton began homeschooling when we moved here. At the tail end of the year. And, since he was just 6 weeks away from finishing 5th grade, I decided to go ahead and buy his curriculum for 6th grade.
And since I was buying curriculum for Dalton, I figured I’d go ahead and buy curriculum for Asher. And Vivienne. And Poppy.
Goodbye new couch.
The up side to all my crazy online shopping is that I got what I think is some really good stuff. I mean, I bought it, so I guess I should think it’s really good. But really, it’s good. And so I thought I’d share. If you’re a homeschooling mom and have some curriculum ideas to share, I’m all ears. Nothing better than a word-of-mouth recommendation in my book.
Anyway, back to what I got. I am sticking with some curriculum I’ve used before, and I’ve dropped some we didn’t like so much. Which means there is some new stuff. In my dreams I use an all-in-one curriculum, but I’m just too much of a last-child-so-dont-fence-me-in type for that. So I have to build my own, based on my kids’ learning styles, recommendations, reputation, and just what kinda looks fun.
Mapping the World by Heart – have had this for a year now, going to give it a whirl with both boys. P.S. I’m kinda scared of this – some how, some way, my boys are supposed to learn to map the entire world?!
Word Roots – B2
Keeping a Nature Journal – as an elective, figured we have lots of nature around us to explore… have sketch pads and colored pencils for journaling
All American History – will do this with both boys
Exploring Creation with Biology – really love Apologia Sciences
Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 – really love Teaching Textbooks
Sequential Spelling 7 – new to us this year, using in place of Wordly Wise
Editor in Chief B2 – have used this and like it and bonus! it works for handwriting practice, too
Foundations of Personal Finance – another elective, we love us some Dave Ramsey
Writing with Skill – new to this… this is one big book
Teaching Textbooks 7 – use the online test before purchasing, kids are usually one ‘grade’ ahead
Exploring Creation with Anatomy
Wordly Wise – I was raised on WW, still love it
Wordsmith Apprentice – have started this, thumbs up
A Reason for Handwriting – boys do not like this, I’m not crazy about it either
Critical and Creative Thinking – picked this up for fun – thumbs up
Editor in Chief A2
Easy Grammar – big thumbs up, even from Dalton
Keeping a Nature Journal
All American History
Foundations of Personal Finance
Thinking Toolbox – we do this together and usually end up cracking up
Mapping the World by Heart
Classical Kids and Days of Knights and Damsels – picked up at a yard sale for fun
Get Ready for the Code – these are classics, love ’em all
Get Set for the Code
A Reason for Handwriting – haven’t started this, we’ll see what Vivi thinks this fall
The Reading Lesson – well recommended, but the proof is in the pudding
Horizons Math K – haven’t started this either, but my other kiddos have used it and liked it
I Know My Alphabet
Kumon Uppercase Letters – Poppy loves all these Kumon books, they are colorful and easy and she loves ’em
Kumon Lowercase Letters
Kumon Numbers 1-30
Mathematical Reasoning – this is over Poppy’s head right now, we have shelved it for fall
Scribbles – claimed by Poppy from her big sister – great coloring book
And that’s it. Like I mentioned above, if you have any recommendations to share, I’d love it. Would also love recommendations for reading books for 1st grade – 8th grade. I have a feeling we are going to be spending a lot of time at the library this summer.
P.S. None of the links are affiliate links. Just links for fun. In case any of y’all are crazy online shoppers like me.