So the homeschool year has begun and we are getting to know our current schedule. A plus to homeschooling is that the curriculum can be customized to each child.
In the interest of sharing what is currently working for us, I am going to share the different curriculums (curricula?) that we are using this year. Did you notice that I said “curriculums” as in plural – more than one? Yep, the beauty of homeschooling is that we don’t have to stick to one curriculum. We can mix and match, not only for our household but also for each child if necessary. And after so many years of homeschooling, we definitely mix it up.
This year we are trying a new curriculum. In the past, we used Bob Jones Bible Truths, which I liked because there were worksheets, activities and even some crafts. But I found that it was getting too deep for my youngest so this year we switched. We have tried doing separate grades for this subject, but this year I think we will benefit from doing the studies together.
My children like this curriculum because they can do individual worksheets on their own. I like it because the writing and the grammar are well balanced. We did try a different curriculum last year which was heavy on the writing side and that frustrated my child so we went back to BJU.
In the past we used Abeka Health. Last year I found that my children were not retaining much and that they began to dislike the whole subject. Unfortunately there are not too many health curricula out there. This year we are going to take a break from a separate health subject.
The Abeka curriculum tends to be intensive, which is the reason why we do not use it for many subjects. However, my children do like the history studies which include geography, lots of maps and colorful pictures.
For several years, we were using the Horizons curriculum for both of my kids. Math is one subject that really needs to be fitted to how your child learns. I will talk about that in more detail in another post, but suffice it to say that we are using two different curriculum because they have different learning styles.
My children have always been readers, so the Abeka curriculum works well for them. I like that there are lots of introductions to different classics within the readers. There has been many times when my children have found new authors because of their school reading.
I homeschooled my older child through high school and was very impressed with the Apologia curriculum. Especially the software versions. I love that the author speaks directly to the child in a manner they can understand and relate to. My youngest child will do the Bob Jones curriculum for one more year before moving into the Apologia one.
A Reason For Handwriting F and Choir
When asked what electives they wanted to take, my youngest chose to focus on cursive writing. We did handwriting as a subject when they were younger, but she really felt that she wanted a refresher. She is also taking a choir class at a local co-op/school.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and Method Acting
My older child requested a keyboarding class to help her with her computer work and a method acting class at a local co-op/school.
So that is the curriculum plan for our upcoming year. Most of the curriculum I am familiar with, so I don’t anticipate any changes but you never know.
What about you? What homeschool curriculum are you using for your children this year?