We are finishing the third week of our new school year and I realize I haven’t shared our 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum. I have been so busy planning that I haven’t been posting! I am excited for the upcoming school year. This is the first year that I have actually made a schedule. Like a real schedule. We shall see how it goes!
It is very hard for me to believe that we have been homeschooling for 8 years now. Our homeschool journey has been amazing and I look forward to what lies ahead. We have encountered bumps and curves along the way and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am certainly feeling more confident on the path that I am. I really feel that this may be the year that I don’t make any changes in our curriculum….this would be a first for me, as I often switch it up in the middle of the year!
Before I lay out our curriculum I would like to share a bit of the planning process.
Transition from Unit Lesson to Individual Lessons
Alex is going into 7th grade, Ava into 5th grade, and Audrey into 3rd grade. We are moving away from working on unit studies together. As my children get older they have more individual interests and ways in which they learn. Lesson planning is more detailed to meet each of their specific interests, skill level, and learning style.
Of course we still learn as a family, it just isn’t considered ‘school’. We are revisiting the American Adventure book series – I am so excited to read this with all three of them, we plan to create a family tree as we complete the books. So, we are still learning all of the time with a bit of structure added into the mix!
Reflect and Plan
First, we get together and discuss how we should proceed with our upcoming school year. It is important for me to understand what my kids feel is and is not working for them. With open ears, and an open heart, I receive their feedback and share mine. Once we have come together we are able to move forward and devise a homeschool plan that everyone is (mostly) satisfied with. Balance and compromise are very important in our homeschool planning.
Next, is time to make several decisions. What to keep, what to cut, and what to continue. Our new curriculum is really taking shape!
Then, after discussing the academic changes that we would like to make my kids asked for one more thing. More fun field trips. Are you kidding me?!? I flipping love field trips! Planning and coordinating field trips for my family and our local homeschool group takes a lot of time – this is why I haven’t shared here in quite a while…field trip planning chaos!
Finally, a backbone is created containing what we will be working on in the upcoming school year academically as well as a long list of field trip ideas. Now, it is time for me to make a schedule.
Wait a minute……. A WHAT?!?
Making a Schedule
Schedules tend to stress me out. It’s not having to accomplish what is on the schedule that stresses me at all. It is the anxiety of falling behind that stresses me out.
This schedule anxiety is why I have previously bucked creating a detailed schedule. Don’t get me wrong, I always have a general plan but the dates have been left blank and the lessons did not have actual numbers on them. Alex, Ava, and Audrey are getting older and I am feeling that a more detailed schedule may just be an asset to the way we homeschool. Yes, our 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum is going to have a rather set schedule (my anxiety is high just typing that!).
We shall see how it goes…hopefully it won’t end with a homeschool mama freak out!
Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum
Okay, enough about all of the planning that goes into our homeschool let’s get down to WHAT we are using for our 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum….
Teaching Textbooks – This is our fourth year using Teaching Textbooks. Audrey is beginning TT4, Ava is almost to TT6, and Alex is beginning TT7.
I am excited that Teaching Textbooks is offering an online subscription now. I am not a fan of having so many discs. If you have a large family they cap the price you pay which I think it awesome!
I enjoy this program because i can sit with them during the lecture, which refreshes my memory. The lessons are engaging and not too long. Teaching Textbooks totally works for us and I don’t see us making a change with math anytime soon.
Science & Social Studies
Time4Learning – This is a new addition to our homeschool. We tried it out towards the end of last year and it worked really well for us! This is an online program that is subscription based. I was pleasantly surprised how well my kids took to this program.
Alex, Ava, and Audrey are using TIme4Learning for their individual grade levels for both Science and Social Studies.
- Language Arts
Audrey completes her language arts lessons on Time4Learning using both the Language Arts and Language Arts Extensions lessons.
Ava uses Time4Learning Language Arts but not Language Arts Extensions as she works with a separate writing curriculum.
Essentials in Writing – Alex level 7, Ava level 5
This is a video based homeschool writing curriculum. The student reads over the assignment, watches a video, then completes the assignment in their workbook. This curriculum is currently DVD based. I am hoping it is offered via streaming soon because I am ready to get rid of all of these DVD’s!
I turned to Essentials in Writing last year to try to ease the tension between Alex and I when working on writing. I found that when I removed myself as ‘teacher’, he was much more willing to complete the assignments. The lessons are presented in an engaging manner and the assignments allow room for creativity which is a must for Alex. Essentials in Writing impressed me so much that I added it to Ava’s curriculum this year.
We read a lot of books and listen to audio books while driving. We also love lapbooks. My girls will continue to use lapbooks with literature. This is a great way to learn and we really enjoy looking back at their creations.
Essentials in Literature – Alex level 7
Essentials in Writing has been such a hit I decided to try Essentials in Literature. I am pleased with the short stories that Alex is currently reading and look forward to him using this curriculum this school year.
Spelling Workout – All three kids will continue using Spelling Workout workbooks. These workbooks include engaging activities that help them learn to spell words. We have tried a lot of different spelling books. This was the first book I tried, i wish I would have stuck with it from the beginning!
- Add Ins
Due to the fact that so much of their learning is online I feel it is important for them to write. I use various Scholastic workbooks for their grade level to pull pages from. These subjects include grammar, writing, reading comprehension, and math.
Currently, Alex’s elective is fishing. Any free moment he has he would like to be at the beach, river, or even the retention pond in our neighborhood fishing. He knows every kind of fish, their limits, seasons, and what they like to nibble on. He knows about every kind of boat you can imagine – just ask him!
Ava’s passion is ballet. She dances with a one-of-a kind company that provides her an opportunity to dance with all types of animals. How cool is that?!?
Audrey also takes ballet class but is also interested in theater. She is such a character, she seems at home on stage!
So that is it for our 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum. I am anxious to see if we make any changes or if this is the year where everything sticks.
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