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Favourite Curriculumpost #1 of 82/5/14 at 11:15amThread Starterpost #2 of 82/7/14 at 8:41am
We really only use a curriculum for phonics, but I'll share some resources I love I use the core knowledge series as a guideline to help me not worry SO MUCH about leaving holes in his knowledge. I'm super particular about writing quality/style and I'm not really a fan of core knowledge's condensed explanations. I use it mostly to navigate and pick up other sources from the library.
For history we are using Gombrich's "A Little History of the World". I love it. His explanation of history in the beginning is beautiful and inspiring, and the writing throughout is great!
For geography we use a book of folktales "Eighty Tales From Around the World" as a starting point for unit studies of particular countries or Nations.
For civics, he's only a first grader, so I mostly rely on cub scouts to meet this requirement. There is a great website: icivics that might be appropriate for your 12 year old.
We've used the reading list from ambleside as well as the sonlight catalog for literature ideas. I collect childrens poetry books and we read from them daily.
I use Sing Spell Read and Write phonics: expensive and worth it.
ABEKA cursive handwriting.
He loves to make books, so that covers creative writing for us.
We tried Singapore. I know people who love it, but we just went through it so fast. We finished 1 b late November. I've just been making up math lessons. Will be following here for ideas.
Here we totally do our own thing. I'm a former science teacher so I have fun experimenting on him and trying unique lesson ideas.
He does PE, Music and Art in the community.post #3 of 82/8/14 at 9:47am
I have a 11 year old 5th grader (and a preschooler but just formally HS the oldest currently)
language arts- LLATL purple books
spelling- Catholic heritage
math - rod and staff 4th grade (felt she needed more review)
history - sea to shinning sea (Catholic based)
Geography map skills E currently
Science - behold and see 5 (Catholic based)
Religion (online at my faith delivered which uses the faith and life series)
PE- through HS co-opt (plus plenty of free range time)
music- studies piano through a friend
art- as we see fit
It took about 3 years to find what really works well for us. Wasn't an arm and a leg not ALL workbook type but not purposly avoiding it at every corner (she does well with some).
for 6th grade we plan to pretty much stick with the above..post #4 of 82/10/14 at 9:28am
We are newer homeschoolers and tailor the curriculum to each child and his needs; here are some things we like this year:
6 year old boy (first grade - very strong in math):
Singapore (just workbooks)
A Reason For Spelling
Apologia Human Anatomy & Physiology (with a small co-op)
9 year old boy (third grade - gifted)
Apologia Human Anatomy & Physiology
We do a lot of things without curriculum - Social Studies we check out books from the library, Math we use supplemental materials and IXL (an online practice program), PE is outsourced, Art is through our Co-op and whatever Mama has patience for, Music is outsourced, Writing is free write and editing, Reading is done with library books, Grammar is piecemeal, Typing is a free computer program, etc.post #5 of 82/10/14 at 12:13pm
We use very little curriculum, really just in math. Dd is 11 and is my youngest, and my only remaining homeschooler.
History is based on The Cartoon History of the Universe, historical fiction and documentaries. Interest-led.
Math: we did Singapore and liked it, then did "Challenge Math" by Ed Zaccarro to consolidate pre-algebra. Now moving through a standard Canadian high school text series.
English: Reading lots of great classic and contemporary literature. Watching movies. Writing for communication. No curriculum.
PE: Currently busy with dance, gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding.
Science: interest-based. No curriculum.
Arts: Violin, dance, art class, photography. No curriculum.
We do some semi-organized but entirely child-led project-based homeschooling as well. She's used some reference books specific to those interests. My older three kids were similar.
Mirandapost #6 of 82/10/14 at 12:39pm
I am looking at doing Tennessee Virtual Academy (K12). My daughter is 5 and will be starting kindergarten as an advanced learner. and I am also looking at Classical Conversations memory work (I got a Cycle 1 audio on closeout) and Ambleside Online and also the Ron Paul curriculum. I like free. If she is doing the k12, the other stuff will just be for fun, except I really want to be more diligent with the Charlotte Mason habit training. I guess you can say I prefer the "eclectic" approach. It is very important to me that gets everything covered that she would be getting in a "traditional' school environment. I have a friend who LOVES Charlotte Mason (Ambleside Online) and others who LOVE Classical Conversations, I have heard good things about Saxon math, but to go a grade ahead, since some people think it is "dumbed down."post #7 of 82/12/14 at 5:46am
My ds is also 12. Here's what we use:
Literature: Various novels and short stories we read together
Writing: Jump In. This is the first year he is having any kind of formal writing lessons. He likes this workbook a lot.
Poetry: Ds likes Shel Silverstein, so he reads a bunch aloud each day. The rhyme, humor, and rhythm seem to help with his dyslexia - and he really enjoys this.
Math: Saxon Algebra 1/2. He does all the problems on a whiteboard. I keep trying other math programs (for some variety), but ds only likes Saxon.
History: K12 Human Odyssey 1. We read it together.
Geography: Runkle's World Physical Geography. We go over key points using a globe, maps, and the whiteboard.
Science: We just do the experiments from Apologia General Science. I have the text (which is only for me) and the full lab kit I got online. Ds finally likes science again once we loosened up.
Spanish: Getting Started with Spanish. It takes 5 minutes a day and he does this on his own.
Other things I like and am looking into are: Killgallon's writing and grammar books, Life of Fred and Teaching Textbooks math, The Lab of Mr Q science, Mosdos Press literature program, and I really loved the Charlotte Mason method (I used the Ambleside Online curriculum for several years).
Hope that helped!post #8 of 82/13/14 at 8:38pmSpelling: Apples & Pears for my dyslexic kids and All About Spelling for my other kids.
Math: Singapore Math. RightStart Math B is good, but very teacher intensive.
Phonics: Leap Frog Letter Factory and Promethean Press Dancing Bears/Bear Necessities
Science: REAL Science Odyssey
History: History of US book by Joy Hakim
Geography: Mapping the World With Art
Poetry: books my Michael Clay Thompson
These are our "go to" books.
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