So many of you may be wondering what we decided to do for homeschool this year…well wait no longer! This year we have four kids that I am definitely homeschooling and one baby, who is one! Ah! So I really was trying to think and pray how I could do all this without going crazy, and God just showed me to trust Him as I kept moving back when I got overwhelmed, and moving forward when it was time. We actually started today, and I have to say, we got a lot done before 12! I was so blessed that everyone kept working, even when it was hard, or my eldest felt like complaining about how tired he was…
Anyways! Here we go!
Why this program? Because it seemed to fit for my oldest. It also has helped him get to where he needs to be and my husband checks him. You can get all of the program where you have the CD-roms, the student workbook and the answer key or you can just get the CD-roms. I like this because it helps grades their work, and if they use it right, will show them how to do the problem correctly. You, as the teacher, can delete a lesson or even certain problems on the program and have your kids do them over again if need be.
I have said I wasn’t sure about My Father’s World in different posts, and I would switch from that and Sonlight constantly, but I really felt God leading me to do this. Mostly because I have so many kids and you can use it to teach multiple children at once. I also like that it has a bit more hands-on, which helps my kids who get bored after awhile of just reading and they want to keep doing (especially my boys!). I actually am using many of the readers and read-alouds from Sonlight while I do My Father’s World. The Progeny Press Literature Units are recommended by My Father’s World, so I am going to look into them. If I like them, I will let you know!
Spelling: Spelling Power
I decided to go back to this great program because you really only are suppose to do it for 15 minutes a day, and with a big family, that helps me tremendously! I really don’t want to spend forever on spelling and it has helped improve my kids spelling in the past, so I decided to give it another go. Other programs so far are too long, too tedious, you have to start it when they were younger, etc. This sees where they are at and it is encouraging to watch them improve through the steps they suggest you go through. At first it may seem overwhelming, but it is really easy to catch on, and not too stressful in my opinion. (This is for your 3rd graders on up)
I really like the layout of Language Lessons, and because my son is a bit behind, I think this would be the best for him. I love this series because the idea, again, is short lessons, the ability to get concepts, and to grow in them. It mixes in poetry and picture study as well, so that makes things stay interesting. My son had to do two lessons today. One was writing up a summary by making a bullet for every paragraph, and finding the subject in sentences. I got one of these for my third grader, too, and he was so happy the lesson didn’t take forever! Pretty much I read a story today and he had to narrate it back for me. It does have writing as well, and so many other great things, and it just helps me get them through and learn at the same time. I have not used “Writing with Skill” yet, and I am a bit nervous because it looks intense, but I really felt peace getting it. I will let you know what I think of it as the year goes on.
English Language: Language Lessons for Grade 6, Two Literature Units from Progeny Press, Applications of Grammar
I am not sure about the Applications of Grammar yet. It was recommended by My Father’s World, and so I can let you know once we get to it.
Geography/U.S. History: 1850s to Modern Times
I felt we had covered a lot of the early American history, and so I wanted to get my kids into more the later American History. That is the main reason I chose this particular curriculum. They give you notebooking pages and things to cut and make, games to play, and so much more. They also follow the Story of the World Series, which I have enjoyed since my son was little.
I really have come to appreciate Apologia. This is the first year I have been able to really get what I need and even get some supply kits from another company so we can actually do the many projects in the book! I can let you know more after I get into it, but my son is so excited that we will be doing more experiments then we originally had in his beginning years (mostly because Mommy couldn’t pull it all together).
Health/Physical Education: Co-op Gym/Health Class, Soccer and other activites
Music: 1850s to Modern Times
They go through patriotic songs as well as looking into a few composers from this time period.
Visual Arts: God and the History of Art
I am so excited about this curriculum! My Father’s World uses it in all four years of their different curriculums and it looks amazing! We will be learning about artists in our particular time period, trying to recreate some of their work, drawing, painting and so much more. My son has really wanted to increase his learning and drawing this year and is excited to be doing more in this area compared to other years, and I love that we will be able to talk about different artists’ lives as we go along.
Languages: Rosetta Stone Level 1 French or another program I just heard about! Stay tuned.
I am still in the process of figuring this out and I am hoping for the best. I can do a review once we get going on it!
We will also be doing classes with our C4 Co-op, which we will add to different subjects throughout the year. I am so thankful for homeschool co-ops!
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What curriculum are you using for your middle school kids?