Here is the run down-
I have 2 homeschooling kids and 1 toddler, I purchased the following:
Subscription to Digication for 1 year, eportfolio website
GEMS Unit Teacher Guides (long list, but I can share if you want)
Hand on Math grades 1-2, 3-5
Books on Egypt, a mummy kit, abacus and new map of the world/atlas
Grammar CD from School House Rock
Art You See books
We are using:
History of Math
USBORNE Books (mostly history) (mega using these)
A Starting Small Project
Teaching Tolerance materials
And various resources as needed
Plus, we have several season passes and memberships to take advantage of.(thanks Grandparents!)
We find most of our resources and related books at the Salvation Army for super inexpensive.
So, what are your plans?
We are pretty eclectic, so the above works for the state requirements, plus it allows us to move at our own pace.
Dh, Me , DD 10 , DD 7 , DD 4
We , , , , not in that order
I'd like to get some things that will be used across multiple years - possibly some sort of encyclopedia/spine thing for history and/or science, a reasonable atlas, classic art book, a decent child's Shakespeare - that sort of thing. I also need to figure out which books we'll be likely to read over a long enough period of time that the library won't work. Most of the shorter-term reading books in all subjects will come from the library. I probably won't order any of this unless our financial situation majorly changes, but I'll keep an eye out for them.
I think we really have everything we *need* for math for the upcoming year or two, so I'm resisting ordering anything else
I'm torn between starting Spanish or Latin (or just waiting another year until DS's reading is more solid), but am leaning towards Spanish, since I really need to work on Spanish myself right now, and then doing English From The Roots Up in a few years. We have PowerGlide Children's Spanish at the moment, and I have no clue how that will work for us. If I do decide on Latin, we'll probably order Song School Latin.
Oh yes, and I need to get a copy of Leif The Lucky, as that's both on the schedule for next year and DS's name!
DS born 6/03, DD1 born 9/06, DD2 born 10/10, DD3 born 4/14.
For the little guy (5 in September), we'll probably be doing Five in a Row on a slow schedule. Still deciding on if we'll be doing phonics and if so, what (He's loving a free trial of Reading Eggs right now. We might stick with that.)FIAR covers pretty much everything else (social studies, literature, art, science).
My nine year old will continue using The Story of Us for US History. I don't know what my almost 7 year old will be doing for that, yet. I might just expand whatever my youngest is learning about from FIAR, or jsut let her pick things that interest her.
For science for my oldest, I'm considering The Story of Science. It's history based science with hands on activities. If it's adaptable for a younger student, I might use it for dd, too.
I have nothing specific for literature for the older two in mind. My kids are voracious readers, so I don't think I really need anything formal. I'm looking for a fun spelling curriculum for dd, as she struggles with it. I'm also looking for a more formal writing curiculum for her. She hates to write, and I'd love to make it more fun for her.
We'll be using Rosetta Stone for Spanish (Ocelotmom - we used Powerglide, and didn't like it. I really, really did not like how the kids talk to one another - it's all very mean spirited, and a lot of "boys stink/I hate girls" type stuff.)
DS born 6/03, DD1 born 9/06, DD2 born 10/10, DD3 born 4/14.
I will have:
a 10th grader using:
Apologia Chemistry, Saxon math (not sure what level until we get there), she will be in a history class that uses The Mystery of History, Vol 3 and History Through the Ages timeline book, for English it's a mix of IEW and Shurley English. I think that's it. It's all I remember right now. Over the summer she is doing Marine Biology, Saxon Math and Worldviews of the Western World Year 2b.
an 8th grader using:
Apologia Physical Science, Math U See pre-alg (possibly alg depending on what she gets done over the summer), Shurley English, and Ambleside Online a mix of year 7/8.
a 7th grader using:
Apologia General Science, Math U See, Shurley English and Ambleside Online Year 7
a 5th grader using:
Rod and Staff science, Math U See, Rod and Staff English and Ambleside Online Year 4. I'm considering an American Girl unit study for her, too.
3rd and 2nd graders using:
Rod and Staff English, Math U See and Ambleside Online Year 2
a Kindergartener using:
100 Easy Lessons, Making Math Meaningful Level 1 and Ambleside Online Year 1 (probably will spread out year 1 for two years)
a preK who I am sure will sit through 100EL, MMM and AO with the K'er
in the fall everything starts up again - music, art, dance, robotics and too much to think about right now! ack!!!!
Miquon Levels 1-6
Singapore Primary Math textbooks, workbooks, and home instructor guides for 3A, 3B, and 4A
Kumon math workbooks for supplementing
R.E.A.L Science Odyssey- Earth & Space Level 1
My Pals Are Here Science 5/6 textbooks and activity books, four of them- Interactions, Energy, Systems, and Cycles
Daily Grams Grade 4 workbook
American Tales Reader
Draw Write Now
I already lucked into some things I wanted used ...
Artistic Pursuits Grade 4-6 Book 1
Primary Language Lessons
First Language Lessons 1/2
Before Five in A Row
AVKO Sequential Spelling Level 1
History Odyssey Ancients Level 1(with some of the scheduled readers yay!)
WWE Level 1 & 2 workbook
Joy Haikm's History of US 11 book set
and the Miquon Lab Sheet annotations
I love saving money (and really need to!).
Plus lots of cool fun stuff like a microscope and prepared slides, Snap Circuits set, team chess, some more math manipulatives, etc.
So for 'this' year I've ordered:
mathletics, rainforest maths
Grammar once a week
Catching on to comprehension
New wave cursive
Reading Eggs/Headsprout (depends if our group reading eggs sub gets cancelled by the DE provider)
Montessori type language materials (montessoriforevery.com print &
New wave handwriting
First Language Lessons (WTM) loosely using this
History Odyssey, Medieval times lvl 1 (with boatloads of library reading, craft & documentaries)
Real science Odyssey, Earth & Space (more for the cool labs & workpages to go along with my own, already created science for the year)
OOOPs! forgot to put my 4yo on here, and he's demanding his own school @@.
He'll be getting a 'my big preschool workbook' (the kind of thing available at walmart), some montessori printable 'games' as he calls them, lots of crafts, lacing cards, puzzles etc!
buying oak meadow 6th grade program + beginning recorder & basic knitting
the sonlight guide and then just borrow the books then may need a more difficult math program and spiral scouts
spiral scouts, sonlight p3/p4, and the world history on preschooly level so more crafts and art=ish stuff some kumon workbook stuff and maybe carols affordable curriculum
Ak Hippie mama Yamia DSD '03 DS '07 DS2 '09 & DS3 '12
But it will be:
Rightstart A (moving into B for 1st)
HWT K (moving into HWT 1st)
HOD/LHFHG (K) moving into BLHFHG (1st)
BRI reading along with Headsprout..not sure where I'll go from there but both programs take me to a 2nd grade level so maybe just the reading in HOD.
How to Teach Art to Children
Karen Henley bible curriculum (OT) and Grapevine studies (NT), then flip for 1st
Liberty Kid's videos for history (along with HOD history)
Once reading is solid we'll doing Phonics Road for LA, not sure when that will come in.
Rachelle, mommy to 8 year old boys!
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Dh, Me , DD 10 , DD 7 , DD 4
We , , , , not in that order
Math we already have or will use free resources. MEP math - free online, MathCounts resources and other problem solving books and resources I've collected for math club. We also have Art of Problem Solving Intermediate Algebra which we may do on our own or she may talk me into letting her do the online class in October.
History - she will continue down the reading list for History Odyssey, Ancients, level 3 and move on into the middle ages. She is doing this with my dad. We'll also do some music history using Professor Carol's music history dvd course. (I purchased a few months ago on sale, but haven't started yet)
Science - We'll watch Joy of Science from the Teaching Co., read and discuss a science article weekly with a friend, and do some physics and chemistry experiments I'm starting to put together.
Art - We'll finish watching the last 3 episodes of How Art Made the World from Netflix. She'll continue developing her Manga talents. She may do a combo nature/art camp this summer. I'll make an effort to give her time and space to get out her paints to play with more often.
Music - Piano and penny whistle. Plan some get togethers with friends who play guitar to play her whistle with.
Foreign Language - Continue Latin, probably online this year. Spanish with local co-op.
We'll be busy! She also wants to continue a mythology study if we can get a group together.
We'll probably just stick with what we're doing. For next year, I think we'll go with:
Singapore Math 3B/4A
Growing with Grammar
Explode the Code
Singapore Math 1A
Five in a Row
Mathabacus to supplement what we've already got for math
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Earth and Space, plus the rock kit
Some stuff for history (we're doing U.S. History), I'm still not entirely sure what I'm going to commit to there.
A children's world atlas
Some timeline materials
Wee Sing America
A Bible story book that hopefully won't suck as bad as the one MIL gave us
A few extras/goodies sitting on my RR wish list.
breastfeeding, babywearing, homeschooling Heathen parent to my little Wanderer, 7 1/2 , and baby Elf-stone, 3/11!
I want to get into ancient history with him, so I've been reviewing books and stocking our home library with ancient history books. I've also purchased the Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals, the Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia, and a copy of the Larousse Encyclopedia of Animal Life. I want to use all of these, all of our Magic Schoolbus books, and Nebel's science book next year.
I also want to help him get into listening to me read good, longer chapter books. I've purchased used copies of the entire Narnia series, in the full color editions. We are almost done with The Magician's Nephew and he is excited to start The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I found the entire Little House series at Goodwill for about 60 cents a book. I have also purchased a couple of other longer classic children's books - three by E Nesbit and also Alice in Wonderland.
I also purchased the new books of Challenging Word Problems from Singapore, and I have some Critical Thinking Company books I want to get into (analogies and balance benders), to go along with the Singapore Math we are already using.
Finally we are about 1/3 of the way into Song School Latin, just for fun. For getting into some written study, I bought level 2 of Latin's Not So Tough.
For DS2, I bought the first Singapore kindergarten math and a book from Critical Thinking, some early writing Kumon books, and some jumbo letter magnets for the fridge. He is just getting interested in letter sounds and short words, and having some "school" to do. I've arranged a box of books just for him to "read". I also have put together a tub of some stuff like sandpaper letters, photo flashcards, lacing cards, little puzzles, etc for him to occupy himself with during school time.
and 3 , in our happy secular
all about spelling
writing strands or WWE (undecided)
daily grams (i think)
how great thou ART dvd series
apologia astronomy & CLP nature readers
american tales reader and activity guide (i also have abeka gr. 3 american history for a spine)
independent reading for my dd (she can read what she wants)
bi-weekly co-op (SOTW, habitats, board games)
homeschool equestrian classes 1x monthly
guitar with daddy
hooked on phonics gr. 1
all about spelling (at his own pace)
WWE 1 (we'll see how it goes)
saxon 1 math
abeka gr 1 history (as a spine) & american tales reader
apologia astronomy and CLP nature readers
how great thou art dvd series (this is really something his sister wanted, but he can tag along if he chooses)
bi-weekly co-op (SOTW, habitats, music)
tae kwon do
homeschool equestrian class 1x monthly
homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7
Rosetta Stone Mandarin for us all (DH and I could use the brush-up, and the kids have forgotten most of what they knew)
Sonlight Core 1
Sonlight Bible 1
Sonlight Science 1
Sonlight Readers 2 Intermediate
Writing With Ease 1
Rod & Staff English 2
All About Spelling 1
And then we'll continue with Artistic Pursuits and Math Mammoth since we already have those, and the kids will use Sonlight's Readers 1 and 2 as needed before moving on to 2 Int.
DD 9 DS 7 yrs
For all of us:
Sonlight Core 1 or 1+2
Sonlight 2 Intermediate readers for ds8 and dd7
Various books for ds10 (to fill in the readers gap)
JumpMath at appropriate levels
Progressive Phonics for ds8 and dd7
Spelling and Language Mechanic for DS10
Either sonlight science 2, 3 or Classic Science.
Artistic Pursuits k-3 for everyone
Some kinda hands on music I think. For fun anyhow.
Kumon workbooks for everyone, for fun only
That should keep us occupied.
Aron Mama to 6 homeschoolers -- 12, 10, 8, 5, 3, baby
Before Five in a Row - still haven't done all the books and I especially want to continue this for my DS
Explode the Code primer--Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for the Code
Making Math Meaningful, K
Little Hands to Heaven--we will be doing some of this on our own and some in a co-op type setting with two other families, kids ages ranging from 2-5yo
--and I'm thinking of adding a handwriting component for my DD, maybe Handwriting Without Tears, pre-K
Suggestions or critiques welcome. We are really just starting our official homeschooling journey!
Here's what I have so far:
Draw Write Now (she just loves this series, we use it for copywork and drawing. I will use it more to tie in with other subjects and initiate creative writing as well next year)
Singapore Math 2A & 2B
ABeCeDarian (we will continue this throughout the summer as well--hoping to be reading independently at grade level by the start of 2nd grade)
All About Spelling
Beyond the Code books 2, 3, 4 for comprehension skills (I really liked the first one! She could read it and she liked the activities around the stories. We do it orally.)
First Language Lessons (I think)
Little Passports (monthly club--will use to tie in with social studies)
Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding (for science)
We will take a break from workbook math and most likely do Life of Fred (fractions and decimals--although she is good at fractions and decimals, but I don't know that she is ready for pre algebra) She also wants to use the "Real Life Math" series. So we will try one of those. She has been going through 3 Singapore levels a year--and getting tired of the workbooks.
I loved easy grammar, but since I want a more complete language arts curriculum, we plan on using MCT series.
For History we will continue with US History. This year we studied through the Civil War and Reconstruction. We will start where we left off and work through modern times. I hope we will also have time to tackle state history. We don't use a "curriculum" for this--finding it better to explore it through multiple resources.
Science: I hope Nebel's book for older kids finally gets published. If it does, we will try that. If not. . .I think I will "unschool" this subject. Not to offend unschoolers--I realize we won't really be unschoolers, but I think she has the potential to go far with less 'help' in this subject.
I know this isn't complete, but it is where I am at now.
New to us:
Rosetta Stone Swedish We are moving to Sweden next year!
Explode the Code
Handwriting (Getty and Dubay)
Nebel's Foundations of Scientific Understanding
History/social studies -- we may cobble something together in the fall about Sweden and its history to get us ready for the move.
Frugal, food growing mama to my four loves
Math: Singapore 3B/4A, Miquon Yellow & Purple - transitioning into LoF Fractions
L/A: WWE 3/4, MCT Island (we started that this spring; I think we'll savor it and stretch it out until next spring), Junior English (Galore Park publishing from the UK), AAS (he just started level 4); I'm hoping after this summer he'll be reading at grade level
Math: Singapore 2A/2B and Miquon Blue & Green
L/A: WWE 2; MCT Island; AAS (he just started level 3); Phonics Pathways
Both Ds#1 and Ds#2:
Latin: Latin for Children A
History: SOTW 1/2 and CHOTW (we were slated to do SOTW 3 this spring, but I combine history with ds#2, and I didn't want him doing SOTW 4 in 2nd grade, so I restarted our rotation); US History through non-fiction picture books and Liberty's Kids DVDs
Geography: We are working through Evan-Moor geography units on each continent; I'm guessing next year we'll do South America and Europe; we also do map work with SOTW.
Science: Singapore Science My Pals are Here 3/4 (we do a chapter once a week and I combine this with ds#2); after we finish the 3/4 series, I'm thinking of trying Apologia's science books and just editing out their world view on creation if at all possible.
Art: I think we will do Meet the Masters 1x a month with friends again. I might have to look into Artistic Pursuits for us at home though.
Spanish: I really want to start this with dedication; I'm thinking of restarted Rosetta Stone with the boys and if we keep our Discovery Education sub., making sure to do at least one Elementary Spanish lesson a week.
Ds#3 will be Pre-K (4); he'll probably start Miquon Orange and Singapore EarlyBird for math; HWOT K for printing; and Phonics Pathways for reading. Other than that, his goal seems to be to get into whatever we are doing as much as he wants, and otherwise, make bit messes at the table with paper, scissors, glue, and markers.
and dd born 11/21/10 - our T21 SuperBaby