Large Family Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2014-2015

Homeschooling and easy are two words I would never put together. Homeschooling is made easier when you find the curriculum that works for you and your family. You may have the blessing of choosing a curriculum and sticking with it through all of your homeschool years, or you may go through something new year after year trying to find the perfect fit. Many of our choices this year are repeats that have worked for us. We are also trying a few new things. No matter what side of the fence you are currently on, who doesn’t love peeking into someone else’s curriculum shelves??

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We started last year out kinda wonky, so we have some carry-over from our curriculum for this year. I’m sharing with you what we will be starting the year with, our new school year began today, but we won’t start real seated work until tomorrow.

Bible

We have loved this curriculum as a Bible class study in church services, and now we are going to give it a try in our homeschool. I am only going to be using the main binder seen below, as well as the helps located inside. There are also student books and timelines and maps which we haven’t invested in this year, but I highly recommend them! We also will be memorizing scripture weekly.

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Grammar

We used Growing with Grammar last year, and we didn’t finish our books, so we will be wrapping those up before I order the next level for everyone that isn’t in high school.

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Except the lower levels, all of these have a manual and a workbook. There is just enough work, and a fabulous grammar program that isn’t overwhelming.

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For high school, I will be using Fix It! Grammar from IEW.

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Here is a little snippet of what is on the website about what makes this grammar curriculum different:

The ultimate goal of teaching grammar should be to train students to be able to edit their own writing effectively. When a side benefit is improved performance on the SAT or ACT, so much the better. Fix It! Grammar (third edition) is a complete grammar program for these goals that truly matter, but it teaches students in the context of writing and through editing rather than through exercises focusing on specific rules.

History

We are about halfway through The Mystery of History {aff.} Volume 1, and hope to make it through the first half of Volume 2 before our year ends. We use the supplemental items also available, like the coloring pages and notebooking pages. We also love our timeline on the wall. When I am not feeling up to reading, or we have a busy day, sometimes we take the audio in the car and let Linda teach class for me that day!

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Geography

North Star Geography is for the older kids this year. This is the newest offering from Bright Ideas Press, and I am super excited to use it in our homeschool this year!

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North Star Geography & WonderMaps Combo

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Science

Apologia is a favorite around here. We just got started with Human Anatomy and Physiology {aff.} last year, so we will be working on it hopefully until Spring. The plan is to dive into Botany at that point. We will be using both levels of the Notebooking Journals {aff.} to help cement what is being taught.

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Math

Math is one thing we may have ended our search for finally. Everyone seems to be happy with Teaching Textbooks {aff.}. I feel like a chorus of angels is about to come down any moment now. That is such a huge relief!

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Leah will continue the 1st Grade Math Mammoth she began in Kindergarten.

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Reading

Leah will be finishing up All About Reading, which I highly recommend!

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Classes Still in the Works…

Hey, you try working full-time and moving and have homeschooling completely planned out! I just haven’t wrapped my head around the entire year at this point, although I have a good start!

We have some electives picked out, and we know we will be using Mango Languages, various art projects found online, and a bunch of reading from good literature-some as a group, and some individually. I don’t have a list yet, but hope to make one as we go to share with you. We are also going to focus on food safety and nutrition this year.

In our new state of Ohio, my children are allowed to participate in sports with the public school children. We already have one child in football with the middle school, and we hope to get involved with any of the others that express interest. I wish all states allowed this!

Not Really Curriculum, But Noteworthy

My homeschool planner choice is always a must-have for a curriculum post. This year I went with the pretty and functional planner from Mardel, and I am giving one away this week!

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Also, I am putting together a memory book for the first time, thanks to a clearance rack and 40% off at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

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As harried as life is these days, I am certain that I have forgotten several things. I will be updating this post as we nail down anything uncertain or make any changes as the year goes by. Until then, I suggest you go and take a peek at what the other homeschool families are using this year!

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  1. says

    Looks like some great curriculum you are going to be using. As mine are still young, I haven’t heard of some of those yet. The only one we have used is the Math Mammoth (last year), might pull it back out for my other daughter this year.

    It really didn’t dawn on me that it was time for the Not Back to School Hop. I am going to have to get my post up. Glad I saw your post.
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  2. says

    Love that your state allows homeschoolers to participate in public school sports – what a blessing! {I, too, wish more states did that}

    And, that geography looks wonderful – I’ve been checking it out…not ready to commit to it, but liking the samples a lot.
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  3. Amber says

    Do you use these along with the Trail guide to learning? If so how do you fit it all in.