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2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

I am frequently fielding questions about our curriculum choices.  Now 5 years into our homeschooling  journey, I feel pretty confident in my ability to match curriculum with my kids’ individual learning styles.  I have never been a “fit the kid into the box” type of teacher and having the flexibility to pick and choose exactly what each of my kids needs, for each individual subject, feels amazing, even though that first couple of years it was a bit intimidating.

So, without further ado, here are the winners for our 2013-2014 school year.

Lilly:  Grade 1

Reading:  Catholic Heritage Little Stories for Little Folks, lots of living books and anything we can possible add in for reading opportunities each day.

Math:  Right Start Math Level B  This is a new curriculum for us this year and I can’t say enough good about it.  It is perfect for this hands on, tactile learner.  The fact that she now says she loves math tells me it is the perfect fit.

Language:  Writing Our Catholic Faith 1, writing notes and lists, gratitude journal

Science:  CHC Behold and See 2–with brother.  We are flying through this to get to Grade 3 mainly because I had it and we didn’t use it last year. Plenty of nature study, nature notebooking and Nature Club with friends.

History: Mother of Divine Grace Grade 3, How Our Nation Began, many living books that compliment this

Geography:  Maps, Charts, Graphs B, Uncle Josh’s Outline Mapbook-13 colonies and Eastern USA

Art:  Crafts, painting, Christian Heritage Art Program Level 1/2-I don’t need to do much for her other than make sure she has access to as many art supplies as possible at all times.  She is constantly creating something.

Religion:  Seton Religion 3 with brother, scripture memory verses ala Simply Charlotte Mason styleCatechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1-Year 2

Keyboarding:  Dance Mat Typing

Spanish:  Rosetta Stone Spanish

Music:  Weekly Piano lessons

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Toby-Grade 3

Reading:  Seton Reading 3, living books, daily devotion and Bible reading, Vocabulary 3 For Young Catholics(he really enjoys this!), classic literature.  The only problem he has with reading is that I can hardly keep up with finding good quality books to keep in his hands.  He is an avid reader and reading at a high level but being only 9 it is difficult to find higher level material that is not too much older in regards to subject material/maturity level.

Math:  Right Start Math Level D(We switched him to this from Teaching Textbooks because he was really interested in it when sister started it.  He can learn math no matter what the program so it makes sense to switch him to the same one so we can pass it onto Lilly when he’s done.)

Language:  Writing Our Catholic Faith 2C(cursive), writing notes and lists, gratitude journal, Catholic Heritage Language of God B, Spelling Wisdom(We both are loving this!  On the day of the actual dictation that counts as his writing for the day.)

Science:  CHC Behold and See 2/3.  Nature study, nature notebooking and Nature Club.

History: Mother of Divine Grace Grade 3, How Our Nation Began, many living books that compliment this

Geography:  Maps, Charts, Graphs D, Uncle Josh’s Outline Mapbook-13 colonies and Eastern USA

Art:  Crafts, painting, Christian Heritage Art Program Level 1/2

Religion:  Seton Religion 3, scripture memory verses ala Simply Charlotte Mason style, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 3-Year 1

Keyboarding:  Dance Mat Typing

Spanish:  Rosetta Stone Spanish

Music:  Weekly Piano lessons

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To keep track of what needs to be done each day, I have been using a wonderful little checklist that I absolutely LOVE.  A friend actually made it and shared it with me and I tweaked it to work for us.  It is such a simple way to make sure that we stay one track but also to keep track of our lesson plans and what we are accomplishing each day.

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Honestly, so far this has been one of my favorite years of homeschooling since our preschool years.  Preschool is just plain fun.  This year it is a new kind of fun as I get to watch the kids’ budding independence shine through as we all discover that they don’t need me looking over their shoulder all of the time.  There are obviously things that I need to teach them and walk them through but there are many things that they can do on their own or with each other.  Toby is very advanced in his reading skills and is able to read for instruction to learn new concepts and how to practice them in his assignments.  Lilly is really taking off with her reading but often needs help.  Toby is always more than willing to be the teacher and help her.  Watching them interact and work together for a purpose is so beautiful.

Having a 2-year-old here on lesson days has also presented a lot of great opportunities for learning to be more focused, despite interruptions, as well as chances for each of the kids to learn more responsibility as they take turns teaching and playing with a younger child when I need to work one-on-one with one of them.

“Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.”  Proverbs 22: 6

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