Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Our Curriculum

Aside from the #1 question of "Why did you choose to home school? many home schooling parents often are faced with the question of "What home school curriculum do you use with your children?" So today I am going to share what we are using with our 2 geniuses: Emily and Ella .

Both girls use the same materials but I do supplement other materials as I see fit according to their strengths and weaknesses.

All Subjects
  • Learning Aisle
Free Curriculum for all subjects. The girls enjoy going through the information and taking the quizzes. There are some errors with the quizzes but we manage to make it through them or skip over the issues. This website covers everything from Math, Social Studies, Science (all areas) and Language Arts. 

Math  (Supplemented with other work books and library books)
  • Math Skills Grade 3
  • Math Skills Grade 4

History : My girls LOVE Story of the World. The Stories are entertaining and easy to understand from a child's point of view. I wish History was this entertaining when I was in school. I probably would have enjoyed it more ... so it's a GREAT thing I am home schooling because I get to do it all over again, because I am enjoying it now ; with them and through them. The activities are fun and exciting and the girls can not wait to do the next lesson and hear and read the the next story.  And Yes, I do the lessons with them and Yes! I said HEAR ! We have 1 copy of the main text and I read the stories to the girls. They are old enough to read to themselves but I read the stories aloud to them, they read aloud, they read to themselves, but they love it when I read the stories to them. We all learn together. It's a super fun way to interact and we all get the History lessons , Together. Isn't that the main reason to home school in the first place? Family Education in a loving, wholesome, caring environment :) ?

  • Story of the World Volume 1 Activity Book
  • Story of the World Volume 1 Tests Booklet (I use this more not for testing purposes but for review questions).
  • Mobile Museum of History (Annual Members)

  • The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Family Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms
  • Hands on Ecology: Real-Life Activities for Kids

I had so much saved on my hard drive that I need another hard drive or need to go through and weed out what I do not need to make room for more. LOL :)

But as i mentioned in my post yesterday, I am still searching for that perfect Science curriculum and I think I found what I am looking for but affordability keeps me from being able to be able to use it. So for now, this is what we are going to start using in our home.

But this is what I would really love to use for my girls, Real Science Odyssey. It has exactly what I am looking for in a Science curriculum for both girls and covers everything from Life Science through Space through Chemistry.  I contacted the Publisher or author over a week ago in hopes that they would perhaps donate a copy but I have yet to hear anything back from them. So if you are reading this RSO or you know RSO or Pandia Press :) check your email , I'm waiting.

Writing/Reading/Language Arts

  • A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World Volume 3 (I actually won this book from Knowledge Quest, so glad I did, it's amazing)
  • Workbooks, Maps, Encyclopedias, Currclick, Unit Studies, Puzzles, Games, Note booking
  • World Geography
  • USA Geography
  • Winter Olympics Unit Study (Beginning Feb. 7, 2014)

Arts and Crafts/Music-Composers
  • Craft-a-Day:365 Simple Handmade Projects by Sarah Goldschadt (Library book we absolutely LOVE this book. We check this book out regularly and have this on our Wishlist at to purchase soon)
  • Mobile Museum of Art (Free Thursdays-Admission is Free on Thursday. We frequent our local Art museum regularly)
  • Mobile Public Library and Centre for Living Arts (Monthly Art Project) - Art and artist study/book.
  • Cave Paintings to Picasso: The Inside Scoop on 50 Art Masterpieces
  • Pinterest, Currclick, Unit Studies, Library, Encyclopedia

Extracurricular/Health/Physical Education
  • Family Time Fitness (curriculum/program)
  • Leslie Sansone (walking in home)
  • Minecraft Club
  • Tween/Teen Girls Club
  • American Girls Book Club
  • Mother/Daughter Book Club
  • 4H Junior Gardeners Club
  • YMCA Home school Swimming

So there you have it. It may seem a bit disorganized. But This is what we use for the most part and the girls are happy with it. We visit our local History and Art museum on a regular basis. And take advantage of other educational programs around town that are Free and affordable.

This year we hope to be able to sign the girls up for more extracurricular activities and get them more involved in clubs.

This is only our 2nd year home schooling and as time goes by you learn what fits and what doesn't, who likes what, and so you just go with the flow. The excellent thing about home schooling though, is you can pick and choose what ever "flavor" of curriculum you like. Not everyone has to use the same old boring text book. But so far, we are using the same books with both girls and it is working out. Last year, our first year, we had different books for both girls.

Make your home school your home school . And make it a Happy one and a Happy Home.
Now go Learn something !


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