For me, deciding to homeschool was far easier than picking a curriculum. There are simply so many good choices and it’s hard to know what is going to be a good fit for your child. In fact, I ended up not even using our first picks! When I found that our choice was simply not working for our children, I revised. This was another reason I was glad we started in the summer, as I didn’t have the self-induced pressure of feeling behind. I mean, we still had some school happening in the summer, while all the other kids were having summer vacation. So summer ended up being a trial period, while I figured out this homeschooling/curriculum thing.
Here are our homeschool curriculum choices for our year-
Math- Singapore Math
We bought both the textbook and student workbook, but if I had to do it over again, I would just purchase the student workbook. You may need the textbook and teacher’s guide if you are teaching older grades. My son is enjoying it and I feel like it is a good all around program.
Grammar/Language Arts- Growing with Grammar
I really enjoy this Grammar program, as it repeats often enough to really let the concept sink in. The worksheets are not overwhelming and my son really seems to enjoy it. He can often do this independently after I teach him the initial concept.
Spelling- Soaring with Spelling and Vocabulary and Spelling City
We had been using Spelling City independently and recently we added the workbook. I feel like they need to actually write the words to help them remember. Spelling City is fun and the kids enjoy having a break from the workbook. So we use both. Spelling city is great for homeschool moms as you can set up the entire assignment with exactly what you want.
Writing- Winning with Writing
I just purchased this book this week as what I was previously using wasn’t quite working for us. I am a week into it and I really like it.
Extra- Grandpa School
Recently my dad retired as a Civil Engineer and I asked if he would mind taking my son for an hour or so each week and teach him something and he agreed! My dad decides what he wants to teach and my son is LOVING the time with Grandpa and the fun things they do. Some of the lessons they have had: astronomy, how submarines float and sink, how to build a rocket stove, how cement works, and all kinds of fun things.
My 1st grader is taking a lego building class, school house rock (Language arts), and a P.E. class. He really enjoys the co-op.
Science- Jenny Phillips – Arthropods
This science is fun for the kids and easy for mom to prep too! We have been learning about bugs and Jenny gives you a list all the items needed for the entirety of the program, so you can have them all purchased and ready for your year. I love that! We haven’t gotten there yet, but at some point, we will get to dissect a bug. I may be the most excited about that. She incorporates art and stories and God in many of her lessons as well as additional assignments for the older grades. So it’s a perfect Christian family curriculum.
History- Jenny Phillips History
This curriculum is very much like the science. We have a list at the beginning of books that are great read alouds for each section of history you learn that year. It starts in early Bible times and ancient Egypt and goes through the early 1900’s. It has beautiful books, and stories, as well as a board game to play. The kids seem to enjoy it and my 7th grader has additional assignments that go with her grade level. So it works for many grades.
Math- Teaching Textbooks
I picked this one for my 7th grader because I loved the three elements it used to learn the concept. The CDs that come with the textbook will teach the lesson to your student, then they complete the questions in the textbook, afterward, they enter the answers on the computer. Before it marks a question wrong, it will ask if they want additional help to complete the problem. They can use the help to try the answer one more time, if it is still wrong they mark it incorrect. I like that it gives them an additional chance to try again.
Now some parents have said that the books are a grade behind grade level and others have said that they found the books to be ahead. I have found them to be a bit behind. My 7th grader is not doing the level 7 math but Pre-Algebra. I recommend taking the assessment test, to properly place your child. My daughter found herself doing a lot of review work, so I had her skip the lessons and just take the tests until she was getting an 80% on her tests. At that point, she started the lessons again.
Language Arts/Grammar- Growing with Grammar and Digging into Diagramming
This is a really great curriculum and my daughter says she is learning quite a bit of new material. She works independently and requires very little help from me.
Writing- Winning with Writing
We just purchased this program this week so I don’t have a lot to say about it so far. The lesson last all week (5-day work school week), with daily assignments.
She is also doing a creative writing class in our homeschool co-op.
Vocabulary- Wordly Wise 3000
This is something I have added later in the year as well, but my daughter seems to enjoy. The lessons teach many different ways to 1-learn the word 2- how to use the word.
My 7th grader is also doing anatomy and physiology, creative writing, and a ukelele class. She is really enjoying the co-op as well.
That’s is everything we are doing. I hope it has helped you in your homeschool journey. I know it was super helpful to me to read other’s people’s choice of curriculum. Finding someone who has a similar personality as you is the best person to ask for advice on what homeschool curriculum will work for you. But always keep in mind that each child is different, so what may work for one won’t necesssarily work for the other.