Great thread. Glad to find all these great ideas. We use K12 curriculum for my 9 yo dd, as a base, but supplement it with a lot of other stuff. Some of the things that worked for her last year:
1]Life of Fred (Fractions)
2]Khan Academy (for understanding some of the math concepts)
3]IXL.com (Got a membership through a group that costed only $20 for the entire year. She got lots and lots of practice with this one)
4] Math Olympiad Contest Problems for Elementary and Middle Schools, Vol. 1 by Dr.George Lenchner(for her math club and contests)
Wow, we are math heavy
5]Discovery Education for Science and Social Studies and a whole lot of other stuff (GA homeschoolers get this for free)
Though we try to homeschool the whole year, we are going to try new ones like:
1] Art of problem solving pre-algebra (videos are free online)
2] Some kind of experiment-based science curriculum (looking for ideas)
3] Institute for excellence in writing course (dd9 is a gifted writer)
4] Still looking for grammar curriculum supplement
5]Story of the world vol.2 (may be cds with the workbooks)
For dd4 , it is going to be more starfall, ixl,explode the code and lots and lots and lots of reading by mama
Homeschooling mom to my sweet little kids I blog at http://newlearningpath.wordpress.com
Oak Meadow didn't work for any of the boys. I was really bummed about it.
But, they are happy with what we are doing now. our biggest change is leaving our VA. It will be nice to loosen up a bit. The kids need some freedom to focus on a subject without having a looming requirement for History even though science is what they really want to do right now.
My fourth child is really into reading. So, we have been playing with letters. That is such a surprise after the first three. They just were not interested and my third child is just now reading after some struggles with speech delays.
I will be busy for sure. I will be solo parenting for a year, too. And moving...it is going to be a whirlwhind...again.
Dready Homeschooling Mom
I have really enjoyed reading this thread! thanks to everyone who's posted...esp. the Kers for all the great ideas as I've got a 3 and 4 yo, so I've been looking at things for that level in particular.
Mine being so young and not having a very structured school day at this point, we mostly read....but, there is lots of learning taking place and it happens year round. This past year, their favorites:
phonics on starfall
lots of trips to the library and reading great children's books from book lists I've found such as Before Five in a Row
The Jane Belk Moncure "first steps to reading" and math books
Bible stories and crafts, fingerplays, fine/gross motor skills and reading lists found on this site: http://www.abcjesuslovesme.com/
picking fruit from local farms
lots of crafts and pretend play
pre-ballet/tap for 4yo
we're moving into using:
HWT Pre-K "my first school book" CD, magnetic board and play dough with letter cards for handwriting
Happy Phonics games for phonics
Family Math for math games
continuing with Bible reading from http://www.abcjesuslovesme.com/ and memorizing scriptures from this cd (great songs for kids): http://www.amazon.com/Hide-Em-Your-Heart-Vol/dp/B001EJH4SW/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1331805261&sr=1-1
Leapfrog videos for numbers and letters
lots and lots of books from the library and great children's books lists
more "field trips" to local farms once the strawberries, blueberries and later apples and pumpkins are in season
getting outside to run around, play
probably continue ballet for 4yo
these should work for a 5yo as well....she will be updating her site with a curriculum for 5yos this summer too if you want to check back.
I'm sooo new here but will add what we are/will be using...I'm looking for some company! I find it difficult to find many others using Oak Meadow.
I have a 2nd grader and a K'er now. I am just getting going with Oak Meadow K and 2nd.
My K'er is/will be using:
All About Reading 1
Rightstart Math A
My 2nd grader is/will be using:
All About Spelling
i think i've narrowed our choices down... all subject to change of course.
Science - Apologia Zoology & Journal Notebook
History - Veritas Press online class
Math - CLE grade 5
Spelling - Apples and Pears or Dictation
Writing - IEW Level SWI A or Essentials in Writing Grade 5
Grammar - No idea??
Latin - Prima Latina?
Science - Apologia Zoology and Junior Notebook
History - Veritas Press online class
Math - CLE Grade 3
Spelling - Apples and Pears
Writing - IEW SWI A or Essentials in Writing Grade 3
Cursive - Handwriting Without Tears
Phonics - HOP Master Reader (he's working on this now, so if we finish it, I'll just focus on spelling only)
Grammar - ??
We'll also incorporate some art and extracurricular stuff through our co-op and local sports.
homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7