I’ve had so many people ask what curriculum we are using for our children this school year and I just haven’t gotten around to posting until now. I know this is way late, but better late than never, right?
My ‘big kids’ this school year are:
Amber (15) – Sophomore in high school
Kaitlin (14) – Freshman in high school
Matthew (13) – Freshman in high school (We decided to have him skip 8th grade because he was doing all high school work.)
Alyssa (11) – 7th grade
Some things to remember:
- We will welcome our 11 child in 2 weeks. (Obviously wrote this post a long time ago, baby is now 2 1/2 months)
- 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 necessarily be doing each of these things everyday.
- 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 naps 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.
Reading: In the year 2012, our big kids will read through the Bible four times.
Memorization: We will continue to regularly memorize Scripture. So far we’ve memorized more than half of the book of Psalms (in addition to other passages).
Bible study: This comes in the form of private reading and study in addition to participating in our times of morning and evening family worship. During morning family worship we just finished up the book of John and have started into the book of Acts. During our time of family worship in the evening we are finishing up A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament.
Depending upon what Mark chooses to study next for our evening family worship, our older children will work through one of these books during their individual time: Primeval Saints: Studies in the Patriarchs of Genesis OR Unconditional Surrender: God’s Program for Victory by Gary North OR How Should We Then Live? : The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture by Francis Schaeffer.
Personal: Continue to read through our character book list.
We’ve been very happy with Life of Fred math. It goes much deeper into concepts (rather than just teaching how to work the problems) Because it goes deeper, teaches more advanced math during the Algebra courses (and in a different order), we put all of our children back to review things they’d already learned.
So all of these children are mid-year and will be moving from one level to the next within this school year, hence the two books listed for each.
This year I compiled book lists for these kids using Sonlight, Vision Forum, Ambleside Online and Veritas Press. Our kids read from this list at least one hour each and every day.
This is one of our secret weapons for homeschooling, our kids read and read and read. As a matter of fact, I was considering using Sonlight’s Church History program with the children but when I looked at the book lists I realized that our children had already read 90% of the recommended books.
Writing and Grammar
Our children are finishing up year three of Analytical Grammar.
We have our children write everyday. We usually pair writing assignments with history work.
Amber, Matthew and Kaitlin are finished with Hey Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek and so are beginning Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek. This came highly recommended by our associate pastor and several other friends who work regularly with biblical Greek.
Obviously the beginning of this program will be review, but since this is taught at university and graduate level we think it will get challenging, quickly. So far we’ve just purchased the Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook and they will be using the free videos on the Teknia.com website.
Alyssa is finishing up “Hey Andrew”.
We’ve included a lot of history books in our children’s reading lists. We also regularly listen to Vision Forum’s history resources. As a matter of fact, Matthew has asked for another one of the Providential Battles cd sets for Christmas.
Additionally, Mark is working his way slowly through Omnibus Year 2 with the children in the evening hours.
Amber (15): Apologia Chemistry
Kaitlin (14) and Matthew (13): Apologia Biology
Alyssa (11): Will be joining the younger kids in their Apologia Science course.
We’re doing regular hymn studies using Douglas Bond’s Mr. Pipes series and I’m sure there are other things we’re doing, but can’t think of them right now.
Our children are running cross country again this year. The Marine Mud Run was their first race of the season.
Please remember that we school year round, so we don’t necessarily do everything on this list every day. We also work at our own pace because we believe that our primary task as parents is to teach our children to have a relationship with God and to serve others and we don’t wish for them to be so busy with book learning that they don’t have time to learn what is really important.
You may also be interested in:
- Homeschooling and family relationships
- How we homeschool
- My heart and homeschool curriculum
- Our 2012-13 family schedule
- 2011-12 curriculum choices
I hope to post what we’re doing with our younger children soon.