So yesterday, I told you about all the fun stuff we're doing in our homeschool this year. Oh, wait, it's all supposed to be fun, isn't it? Anyway, we did enjoy a fun first day of school and today, I get to tell you about our Science, History and Math Curriculum choices for the year.
Remember, I told you I am piecing together or curriculum this year, and trying lots of new things? We were given some My Father's World materials for this year, which is great, because it's a literature based curriculum similar to Sonlight which we've been using for the last two years. But it came with a Science schedule and books too, so, I decided to try it. If we finish too soon, or it doesn't work, I'm going back to the original plan of Christian Kids Explore Biology by Bright Ideas Press. (We Loved their Earth and Space Science last year! See my other posts about their science products here.)
Here is what we're using for Science and we'll be doing this all ages together at the same time:
- Birds, Nests and Eggs by Mel Boring
- Science with Air by Usborne
- Science in the Kitchen by Usborne
- First Encyclopedia of Science by Usborne
And for History (altogether as well):
- Adventures in US History (My Father’s World)
- 50 States and Where to Find them by Kathy Jo DeVore
- About Our Statesby Peggy Davenport (BJU Press)
- My America and My World, Grade 1 (aBeka)
- Book of Time (1 per child) Sir is using this one in Spanish
- Markable Map (Sonlight)
- History Through The Ages Timeline Figures (Homeschool in the Woods)
- and lots of other read alouds
I'm excited to be doing US History and making a States Notebook (print out sheets in a 3- Ring Binder) because we just returned from traveling in the US in July and visited several states, and a lot of the sites and places we will study will be familiar and/or fresh on kids' memories/minds.
And for Math:
This one is trickier. Sir finished up the BJU Press Kindergarten Math very easily last year, and I kept him busy with School Zone work books after that. He is heading into Saxon Math 1 this year.
Flower and Butterfly are close to the same level, due to their schooling at a small private school last Spring. I am still undecided about which way to go with their Math.
A friend of mine who has researched both, said that See the Light is the most comparable in ability to Saxon, but is much more student independent. We will probably take this first week and do the placement tests with See the Light to see where they are and then make a decision.
Do you have experience with any of these resources? Since it's our first time with lots of them, I'd love to hear your tips and tricks for using them successfully. And don't forget to follow my Homeschool boards on Pinterest.