Are you ready for another adventure-filled homeschool year? I’m telling you, the longer I homeschool, the stronger my conviction that it’s the best way to meet the needs of kids who are different. A traditional classroom just wouldn’t work for gifted or twice-exceptional kids like mine. We have the flexibility to make homeschool curriculum choices that work for each of our kids as individuals.
Each year, I’m asked to share what we plan to do with the kids as far as curriculum goes. And, each year I struggle writing out the post because I know it will evolve and look different as the months go on. Because I’ve taken a lot of time figuring out what’s worked in the past and what hasn’t, and what we plan to stick with or try out for the first time this year, I’ll share our plans as they look for now.
Remember, this is what we’ve planned for our family. It fits the way each of our kids learn, as well as the ways in which I enjoy teaching and guiding them. I urge every homeschooler I meet to think about his or her kiddos, and to remember that every family is different. So, check out our selections, and those of other homeschoolers around the web, and then choose the bits and pieces of each that fit your own family the best.
You can see what we used last year for the 2014-2015 school year, for the 2013-2014 school year, and for the 2012-2013 school year. Several things have stayed the same, though a few have changed as we’ve found our homeschooling rhythm.
Homeschool Curriculum Choices for the Whole Family
We will have a very bright almost three year old little guy this year, and need to draw Isaac into some structured activities as we can, otherwise he’ll wreak havoc. Logan will be a Kindergartener. Molly will be completing second and third grades this year, and Trevor begins seventh grade. They’ll all have their own subjects to tackle, but we do some things together.
With three school-aged kids, we’ll be really busy – especially because we don’t like sitting still if we can help it.
This year, we’re starting our week with a new co-op that uses a Catholic homeschool memory work program called Classically Catholic Memory. The co-op is on year Alpha, which is perfect for a linear thinker like me. (I like to start at the beginning…)
Through this program, the kids will all be introduced to Scripture, Latin prayers and hymns, math formulas, poems, and historical documents. They’ll also have life science (animal life), history (Creation through the birth of Christ), and geography (Asia and Australia) memory work. We’ll use these topics as a spine for the kids at their individual levels using notebooking pages from my favorite resource ever – the lifetime membership I have to NotebookingPages.com.
We’ll start our day together with circle time because the girls love it, it will draw Isaac in for some fun singing and Scripture memorization, and will give Trevor a chance to be a leader. We plan to enjoy the books from Five in a Row Volume One when we gather together for circle time, so that we can have rich discussions and maybe find dome new things to explore together.
During this time, we’ll use some of the following resources:
- Christian Heroes: Then and Now
- Seeds Family Worship CDs
- Usborne Illustrated Nursery Rhymes
- 50 Brain Games
- 50 Optical Illusions
- Usborne Famous Paintings
- The Usborne Book of Famous Paintings
- The Usborne Book of Famous Artists
- Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy
- I Love People
We’ll also take homeschool classes at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, our local nature center, continue enjoying our enrichment co-op, and explore Ohio together as a family, creating and discovering new things along the way.
Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Each Individual Family Member
There’s a big difference between a two-year-old and a 13-year-old, so I’ve had to get a bit creative in my planning for the coming year. You can click on the images below to take you to the specific grade level you’re most interested in, click the ‘next’ button to take you through them one by one to read them all, or scroll to the bottom of each page (right before the comments) to click on the next page number. I wanted to make this post easy for you to navigate, so I broke it up into separate pages for different grade levels.
Click below to check out the page you’re most interested in, or just click ‘next:’
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