2017/18 Homeschool Curriculum

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I have been on this journey of homeschooling for 7 years and will be entering my 8th school year 2017-18.  Here is what my family uses and plans to add this year now that my kiddos are ages 8-12.

MATH

Saxon:  Saxon Math™ is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers.  We use this curriculum because it has been helpful for all of my children to have the repetition that exists in this program.  My 10, 11 and 12 year old all do 7/6 together right now.  This works for our house.

Teaching Textbooks:  We use this curriculum until Math 6 or 7 and then we hop over to Saxon 7/6.  I LOVE this curriculum because it teaches the concepts and grades their work for me.  I just couldn’t teach all of my kiddos individually.  My youngest child is working on TT 4 right now while I use Saxon for the older kids.

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS

Classical Conversations:  Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. This program helps us hit many of the important subject areas. We love the classical model of education and the focus on biblical worldview.  The community aspect has provided relationships and support for me and my children. We enjoy studying foundational concepts in Math, History, Geography, English, Science, and Latin through the Foundations Program.  Other than reading books with my kids, I have not supplemented much during our K-6 years because the content alone has been rich.

We will be a part of the Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge A programs this year.  I started my journey with CC and it has been a great program.  I have enjoyed the rich content that is included in all the levels of CC so far.

Some of the resources we use through CC are:

WRITING

IEW for writing.  I have enjoyed this so much and so have my students.  It has helped them build their vocabulary and turned them into confident writers.  I have struggling readers and writers in my house and this curriculum has worked for all of my children, despite their learning style, strengths or challenges.

ENGLISH GRAMMAR

Essentials of the English Language:     As a parent and Essentials tutor, I have been extremely pleased with the in-depth content provided in EEL.  This is only accessible to families in Essentials, but this program is totally worth joining CC.  Students learn sentence patterns and structures, the parts of speech, capitalization and punctuation rules, and diagramming. Students learn to analyze and classify sentences. This in-depth study of the English language will make the future study of foreign languages and advanced literature much easier.

Trivium Table – English Grammar:  This is the best $10 I’ve spent.  This table presents an overview of sentence classifications: four structures, four purposes, and seven patterns, plus the eight parts of speech and the five parts of a sentence. The following panels cover each of the eight parts of speech in further detail with clear definitions, explanations, and examples.  This is an exceptional resource for anyone learning English grammar, at any age.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Foundations in Personal Finance:  We’ve been listening to Dave Ramsey for a long time on the radio.  This year (2017-18), we are going to use this curriculum and video set for middle school students.  I have already ordered it, watched several the lessons and looked through the student resource.  I can’t wait to teach my kiddos early how to “win” with money.  I plan on offering the class to other middle school homeschoolers in my area. It always more fun to learn with peers.

SCIENCE

I am undecided on this.  My kids are definitely asking for more science at home.  I am thinking of either using Lyrical Life Science or Elemental Science (Logic Stage).  I also want to offer some project based learning opportunities to my kiddos.  I’m all ears if you have any ideas to share!

LITERATURE

This year I bought Teaching the Classics to help me facilitate richer discussions after reading literature with my children. Teaching the Classics is an eight-hour seminar that shows parents and teachers a powerful method for discussing literature.  This method can be applied to any book at any grade level, regardless of the teacher’s experience.  The seminar builds on the idea that all works of fiction share the same basic elements, including Context, Structure, and Style.

The is the line-up so far for our house.  What’s your plan?  I’d love to hear it.