I’ve written 3 other posts about choosing a curriculum that will give you the background for this post:
Some things to remember.
- We have 10 children. We will be using more books and resources than I have listed to educate our children this year, but these are the things that we will make a specific effort to work through.
- Our method of homeschooling is laid back and relationship based. We use these resources as tools, not necessarily as written.
- We school year round. We will NOT be doing each of these things everyday. As a matter of fact some subjects are seasonal. (Nature journals during the summer months and more writing during the cooler months, for example.)
- We do not sit down and do this during ‘school time’. We read Bibles when we first get up, work on memorization after breakfast, read aloud before nap-time and after dinner, take nature journals when we go to the park, narrate at the dinner table and discuss history in the car.
- The methods that you use to educate your children are just as important, if not more so, than the curriculum you choose.
Amber 13, Kaitlin 12, Matthew 10, Alyssa 9, Carter 8, Sadie 6, Savannah 5, Colby 3, Nicholas 2, Baby girl due July.
For those who would like more info, most links in this post go to an in-depth post about the product or to a post explaining how we teach a subject or use a resource in our home.
- Bible reading – Fluent readers- Read through the Bible. Beginning readers – read through the New Testament. Little ones work on memorizing the catechism.
- Bible study – Fluent readers Sonlight 6 assignments, beginning readers Sonlight 1 assignments. All will listen to the Sonlight 6 Bible reading. Of course everyone takes part in family worship.
- Bible memorization – Psalm 1 – 16, 120-134 using Jamie Soles Cd’s “Pure Words” and “Ascending“. (In the near future I’ll tell you more about these Cd’s and give you the opportunity to win some of your own.)
In our house history is a family discussion and one of our favorite subjects. Each day we read and discuss living books. We keep a time line of important dates and we look up places that we read about on the map. We also use our history studies as a basis for many of our other assignments.
This year we will be combining Sonlight Core 1 & 6. We will be using resources from both of these Cores to create a multi-level history plan for our kids. We will NOT be using Core 1 with some of the children and Core 6 with others. We will be supplementing Sonlight with The Mystery of History, to incorporate more Biblical history. Do not let the plethora of curriculum scare you. This will be our 7th year using Sonlight as a basis for our history curriculum and are familiar with how it works best for our family. It is a tool that we use.
This is the first year that we’ve used more than one level of Sonlight. Sonlight can be very relationship and family friendly when used in this manner.
- Narration – (daily) all children who are able to talk
- Literature – All children listen to read alouds from Sonlight 1 & 6. Read lots of other fun books as a family.
- Getty Dubay Handwriting for 5, 6, 8 and 9 year old. (Unnecessary since the children do copy work or dictation each day, but I like the lovely italic style it produces. Hmmm, now that I’m thinking about it, I wonder if this is something that we should allow the children to drop.)
- Copy work, dictation or writing – depending on child’s ability. (It is within this context that we teach both spelling and grammar.)
This is obviously part of language arts, but we have children at different levels doing different things so it’s easier to format it separately.
- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons – 3 year old unless he stalls or loses interest
- Rocket Phonics and Sonlight 1 advanced readers – 5, 6 and 8 year old.
- Sonlight 6 readers – 9, 10, 12, 13
- All non-nappers have an hour of free-reading each day. They are generally reading things like G. A. Henty, Shakespeare (Amber’s recent favorite), C. S. Lewis, Brooks, Milne, Sewall, etc. in addition to an assortment of biographies, Landmark and science books, although they have been known to choose things like The Bobsey Twins and Redwall on occasion.
School age children:
- Composer Study by Bright Ideas Press – little ones (2-6) listen to music
- Lessons (piano or violin) for the oldest 5
- Apologia Science – Physical Science for Amber (13) and Exploring Creation with Astronomy for everyone else. This is our first year using Apologia, so we’ll see how it goes.
- Nature journals on days they play outside – focus on trees and shrubs.
- Artistic Pursuits – Beginning readers finish K-3 book, fluent readers finish 4-6 book, then move into Jr./Sr. high book 2.
We began using online math in the middle of last year and will continue through January. Our plan is to continue to use ALEKS for Algebra 1 and beyond, but we will re-evaluate Mathletics.
- Mathletics until they finish the 8th grade level work. This is not required for our little ones, but since it’s computer time they beg for a turn.
- ALEKS for those finished who’ve completed 8th grade Matheltics.
- Cross Country – The children compete in both the spring and fall and run fairly regularly during the off seasons.
Greek –(Why we teach Greek)
- Hey Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek – 8, 9 , 10, 12 and 13 year old
- Listen to a chapter of the New Testament in Greek each day.
Mark is working through the study of these books (one at a time) using Kevin Swanson’s “Christian Classics Study Guide” Jr. Level – 10, 12 and 13 year old
- “The Story of John G. Paton”
- “Patrick’s Confessions and Breastplate”
- “Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners”
- “The History of the Reformation or Religion within the Realm of Scotland”
- “The Confessions of St. Augustine”
- The Fallacy Detective – 12 and 13 year old
- The Thinking Toolbox – We will only start this if/when we finish “The Fallacy Detective”
- Sue Gregg’s cooking course – 13 year old
Did you get all that? Clear as mud? Have questions? Ask away, then go see what the other moms of many have to say about their homeschool curriculum.