Homeschool

Super Rad Homeschool Picks 2018/19

Ah, August, you old devil! Month of 105 degree days, smoky skies, and ebay deliveries. When the 4th cup of coffee makes its reappearance, and the but whyyyyyy’s sound from the bowels of the house when kids are summoned to (gasp! swoon!) do lessons.

Ticonderogas, 50¢ spiral notebooks, an eclectic bin of science experiment supplies (one small piece of cork, 2 mason jars, a medium balloon, a metal paper clip, baking soda, etc., etc., ad infinitum), the 6th electric pencil sharpener in 5 years, read alouds, maps, scissors (grown up size this time, Mom, because we’re not babies anymore!), hopes, dreams, and so much more have all amassed themselves in our dining room that is not supposed to look too “schoolish” but is definitely getting a timeline and the little piggy bank pocket wall hanging with the fake coins, so will of course be looking a wee bit schoolish.

One of my end-of-summer obsessions is hearing about what other home education mavens are using. Curriculum is my habit, and I just can’t quit it. However. I have, upon the advent of the 6th year of this grand experiment, settled on a few things that seem to work for our particular brand of children. It occurs to me that since I scour all the blogs that list curriculum picks, I should put my own out there. If you don’t care, or if you are afraid of falling off the wagon and succumbing to another curriculum change, please stop reading now.

The Eldest (8th Grade):

  • (History) Beautiful Feet Early American and World History
  • (Language Arts) Rod & Staff* Grammar grade 6, Rod & Staff Spelling grade 6, Elements of Style by Strunk and White, Progeny Press Study Guides for select books included in the Beautiful Feet program, various interest-led novels
  • (Math) Teaching Textbooks
  • (Science) Apologia General Science
  • Chess For Beginners
  • (Art) Complete-a-Sketch

The Deuce (6th Grade)

  • (History) Beautiful Feet Geography Through Literature, The 50 States Activity Book
  • (Language Arts) Rod & Staff Grammar grade 4, Rod & Staff spelling grade 4, Progeny Press Study Guides, book reports, various interest-led reading books, Handwriting Without Tears Cursive
  • (Math) Teaching Textbooks
  • (Science) Apologia Zoology 2 Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
  • Chess For Beginners
  • (Art) Complete-a-Sketch

CoCo (3rd Grade)

  • (History) Beautiful Feet Geography Through Literature, The 50 States Activity Book
  • (Language Arts) Rod & Staff Grammar grade 2, Rod & Staff spelling grade 2, various interest-led reading books, Handwriting Without Tears
  • (Math) Teaching Textbooks
  • (Science) Apologia Zoology 2 Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
  • (Art) Various crafts I come up with

The Daughter (1st Grade)

  • My Father’s World 1st Grade curriculum (this is a boxed curriculum that includes every subject)

*A word about how I use Rod & Staff. This is a somewhat advanced curriculum (for us, anyway) and only goes through 10th grade. I decided several years ago to aim for 2 levels down so that my kids could work on assignments independently, and still finish the entire scope and sequence by 12th grade, if we do in fact choose to use it through high school. Based on results from our first round of state testing since starting this, that decision proved to be good one. I like to know why people are doing weird things like that, so just being honest guys.

And there you have it! Godspeed and God bless

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