I’ve been working on getting everything in order for the upcoming homeschool year. With our baby boy due in September, I’ve really got to get on the ball! This year we are still using most of what we did last year but changing a few things as the kids age and learning styles change.
Math, we are once again using Horizons Math. This seems to be working well for my kids. We use the math books plus we supplement with the extra worksheets for more practice. We are also continuing with XtraMath.org. I can’t say enough great things about this website! It’s a completely free way to make sure your kids understand all of their math facts. As a mom, I can login and see how they are doing as well and what needs improvement.
For Language Arts, we are utilizing a few things this year. We are once again using Wordly Wise 3000 for my bigger kids. This starts in 2nd grade and helps with vocabulary, reading comprehension, and sentence writing. For spelling, we use SpellingCity.com. I do purchase the premium membership for $29.99 for my kids, but I’ve heard many use the free version as well. I like the premium because it keeps track of everything and has more features. At the $29.99 price, I can include up to 5 children. A new thing we are adding this year is Easy Grammar. I have heard great things about it and it seems fairly self-taught. We also debated on Daily Grams and may end up adding that in once we get everything else rolling. The big kids are also doing IEW to further enhance their writing skills. My 3rd child is going to be working on Draw Write Now. All of the kids are also using A Reason For Handwriting.
For Bible we are using the Catechism for Kids. We did questions 1-10 last year so we will continue with questions 11-20 this year. I like that you can purchase the PDF fairly cheaply so I can print for multiple children. I’m also continuing to read through the History Lives set to the bigger kids when the littles are occupied. Some of the stories can be fairly intense so it’s taking longer to go through them so we can digest and discuss.
History we will continue to pull from Allinonehomeschool.com and of course the vast variety of books at the library.
Science we are pulling from God’s Design for Life. This will be our first year using it. We are borrowing the books from my sister in law. She really enjoyed using it last year with her kids.
I think that’s it. I’m sure I’ve left something out! All the kids are taking classes at local co-ops as well depending on what each child needs. Between homeschooling 4 kids and a newborn, looks like I will have my hands full this year 🙂 What curriculum are you using this year?
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