I’m happy to share our curriculum picks for 2015-16 with you today! This year, in addition to homeschooling my five-year-old and seven-year-old, I will also be teaching my nieces, who are 8 and 10!
I’ll start with my kiddos. They are 21 months apart but are basically on the same level. For them I will be using:
Math- Harcourt Grade 1 Math. I found this at a thrift store for $3.99! We used Harcourt kindergarten last year and they enjoyed it.
Reading- The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading, and Explode the Code. My son is a kinesthetic learner so he does great with Explode the Code!
Handwriting- Draw. Write. Now. My kids LOOOOVE to draw, so I thought they’d enjoy this program.
For my nieces we will be using:
Math- Christian Light. The straightforward, no-frills approach was appealing to me.
Grammar and Writing- BJU English. I like that the chapters alternate between grammar and writing, and build upon each other.
Spelling- BJU. I looked at a bajillion spelling programs and this one impressed me most.
Reading- Christian Light
The subjects that I will be teaching to all of the kids together are:
Bible- Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (New Testament). I wanted something simple, and Lee over at allinonehomeschool.com offers a daily reading with some discussion questions. I also like that her Bible teaching philosophy is similar to mine, which is to read the Bible with the students, help them to see the big picture, and teach them to study the Word to develop their own understanding of topics that are often debated among Christians.
Science- Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology. I don’t necessarily agree with Apologia’s young earth stance, but this particular course doesn’t include any references to the age of the earth/universe. It looks like an awesome curriculum!
Geography- Galloping the Globe and some other mapping/atlas books. This is my favorite subject so I’m looking forward to it!
The only other item I need to find is a good beginning cursive workbook. Anyone have any suggestions? I’m looking for one that includes a lot of practice.
We begin school September 1st. We were supposed to start this month, but my family caught a stomach virus. I'll let you know how the curriculum is working out for us. I know it will be a challenge- especially with a cute, cuddly, curious six-month-old who’s almost crawling! But I know it will be fun too! I love learning along with my kids!