My annual survey style thread. . . I always want to know what you used this year that you loved (and any regrets too). What are you changing up, if anything, for next year?
I will start.
I loved the math products from Art of Problem Solving. They were challenging, but solid. We used Pre-Algebra and their Beast Academy.
I tried Sequential Spelling with DD2. Didn't care for it. I didn't like it with DD1 either (several years ago), but she learns differently than DD2. While we had some initial success with it, in the long run it wasn't worth it for us.
We had lots of fun with Ellen McHenry's Elements.
I tried to do separate science lessons following elements, but I decided that just doesn't work for us.
Still love Easy Grammar.
For DD1, I loved vocabtest.com
DD1 did several self directed inquiries--not intentionally for school, but when I noticed this, I backed off on much of school and helped her to dive in a bit deeper. She learned a lot about photography and nutrition this way. She dappled into the concept of animal rights, veganism, local food, etc as well. It was a fun to watch her grow as she learned. She established her own viewpoint on several issues, and it was fun to see her look at the world in this way.
Next year I am really relaxed about at the moment. I haven't finalized a plan yet, but we may be moving more towards the unschooling end of the homeschool spectrum. I won't be a true unschooler, but we move closer and closer all the time. I will still use Easy Grammar for dd2. Dd1 finished the series this year. If dd1 does math at home (she might do it at the local high school, we are deciding), I will use Art of Problem Solving again. I think dd2 will actually explore math without a curriculum this year. She is really good at math, but has always learned it more eclectically. DD3 will officially come home to learn (although I thought she would last year, so I may be in for a surprise). We will be doing world cultures DD3, US History DD2, and WA state history DD1 for social studies. Technically, each child will have her own social studies, but I hope to integrate them.