It is always so interesting to me to read the curriculum lists of other moms. And I am sharing our homeschool curriculum choices (2015) with you here, not as a comparison chart, but as a resource list.
I enjoy talking about what works and what doesn’t and I will be the FIRST to tell you that
No ONE curriculum will work for EVERY child.
If it doesn’t work, or stops working, it doesn’t matter which company made it or how much it costs, the frustration and halted education of your child is NOT worth it. Find something that will work!
If you’re still working on organizing your curriculum for this year, here is a free curriculum printable chart that may help.
For Sir, we’ll be using Phonics & English 1 Worktext and Practice books by BJU Press. I like that each day has 2 pages of lesson, 2 pages of practice, but they are fun, not overly difficult pages that can be done quickly while still reinforcing what they are learning.
Flower, is going through the Spelling 2 book by BJU Press, and whizzing through it, I might add!
And for Butterfly, we’re using Explode the Code books. We used these last year as well and seemed to do ok with them. Dyslexia really presents special challenges and I am not sure I have yet found something to make Reading and English fun or easy for her. Perhaps I won’t, but we will use this while we search for something more suited to her needs.
All the kids are using See the Light Math this year. Saxon worked well for the girls for first grade, but did NOT seem to fit Sir’s learning style. See the Light is working much better for him. The thing I like about this program is the placement tests and the combination of different types of problems each day.
We are also using See the Light Science this year, a mixture of Biology, Anatomy, and Science Fundamentals. It’s a bit more workbook intensive that I prefer, but we are supplementing with some great science books (like these) to keep it interesting. As well as some select science videos and programs (Wild Kratts, and BBC science DVDs) along with our chosen animal of the week to research and craft about.
We are using a mixture of things for Bible this year including See the Light (which has a delightful story about Ethan & Joktan and the Passover Lamb) and some Bible Study resources by Not Consumed. My oldest 2 also have their own Bibles now and are getting good and finding the passages and helping to read them in family time and at church.
History, Geography & Missions
We have a long list of read-alouds this year and we love to use our timeline materials whenever there is a person or event we can add to it. Some use a wall time-line, but We are using a Book of Time (1 per child). Sir is using this one in Spanish:
We also love the History Through The Ages Timeline Figures by Homeschool in the Woods and the Markable US/World Map by Sonlight. And for studying Mexico, we are using this bilingual notebooking resource:
And we are looking forward to a more in depth world geography study starting late November, with our new Christmas Around the World geography resource that will be available to the public mid-October.
So, What About You? What curriculum’s, studies, books and resources are you using this year? I would love for you to leave a comment or link up your own post below!