What Curriculum we are Using this Year!

After the torturous hunt of what to use and what I think I should change, I have finally choose our homeschool curriculum and am feeling really good about it. Much of what I used for Robby worked well, but did take a lot of work on my part. After much searching I decided to stay with what I knew and branch out to some new stuff!

These choices are for my three younger ones. (5th grade, 1st grade, and Kindergarden.) My oldest follows another path for curriculum as being in high school.

Math: We have been using Math-U-See with Robby since Kindergarden. Last year we didn’t start another book. We finished Delta, and worked on other enrichment activities. This year we will start with Epsilon with Robby. AnQuenette (1st grade) will start Alpha and Isaiah Primer. I will use the video with Robby for teaching, and I will see how AnQuenette does with learning from the video. Isaiah will learn from me teaching solely.

We will add in other math enrichment activities when I can.

Spelling, Reading and Writing: Whew, that is a big one. I really thought hard about this one. I used with Robby, Spell to Write and Read. It is a demanding program, but it works. Once I got the hang of it I really enjoyed teaching it. Last year we fell off the band wagon of spelling all together for many reasons. This year, since I am teaching AnQuenette to read, I am bringing it back full force. I know the program, I don’t want to learn anything new. I will teach my K and 1st grader together and having Robby help with that teaching will help him remember rules. He also will pick up Spelling where we left off.

Reading-I also use Raz Kids online. This works well for Robby, and each of my kids can read and record themselves online.

Writing-I use many different copy work ideas. Endless places to find them One of my favorite places is Notebookingpages. The have many different notebooking pages to choose from.

History: This was one areas I was really struggle with, what to do this year. I finally figured it out! I want to do something with all three of them. We will do Alabama History using living books, museums and a lap book from Knowledge Box Central.

We will also use Heritage History for Young Readers. I am real excited about this and since we have gotten a Kindle now and a iPad using the eBooks has become a reality for us. We will also double this with the time lines from Homeschool in the Woods.

Science: We have been using Apologia Science for the last 3 years and we have loved it. It will be easy to use this with all three of them-giving Robby more to do, and letting Isaiah get the basic. This year we are going to learn about the Anatomy and Physiology. AKA the human body! My kids are excited and thrilled! I got a stethoscope for them so when the books came they were over excited.

Bible: After the kids and I reviewed Grapevine studies last month they said this is what they wanted to use. So we will use Grapevine. I am not sure where we will start yet, but I am excited to be using it.

 

 


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  1. The pictures of your little ones made me smile! Especially the second photo… What delight over that book! :) I found you on the blog hop and I hope you can come visit me too at http://www.littlelearninglovies.com/wordpress/2012/08/05/not-back-to-school-blog-hopcurriculum-week/ See you there!

  2. Liz Erwin FitzGerald says:

    How nice to stumble on your blog post about SWR and to see that you're encouraged to pick up again with both children this year. If you haven't already, you might want to consider joining our SWR Yahoo Group to get help and encouragement along the way. Trainers like myself and the author pipe in with tips and help along the way. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpellToWriteAndRead/ Hope you have a terrific year! Liz FitzGerald, Endorsed SWR Trainer, Northern CA.

    • mommahopper says:

      Hi! I am in the yahoo group and read almost daily the emails for many years!! It is those emails that kept me motivated and ready for this year! Thanks for hopping by!

  3. If you are interested in connecting with other Apologia users, check out the Apologia Blog Roll that I host here:

    http://myjoy-filledlife.blogspot.com/2012/07/apologia-blog-role-2012-2013.html

    Blessings!

  4. Looks like its going to be a great year. The kids look excited going through their subjects.

    • mommahopper says:

      Thank you! They can’t wait! My five year old asks me every day, is it time to start school?

  5. Knowledge Box Central was a new one that I had not heard of before, but am now interested in finding out more.
    Popped by from the “Not-Back-to-School” Blog Hop: Curriculum Week!
    Hope that you have a happy homeschool year! Happy planning for 2012-2013!
    Hope that you will pop by to say hello over at my blog and my Pinterest boards too!
    Colleen a.k.a. Pinterest Mama
    http://pinterest.com/f5th/
    Sunrise Learning Lab
    http://sunriselearninglab.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-school-year-right-around-corner.html

    • mommahopper says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you look around! You will like the Ultimate Homeschool Room post I just did!
      Looks like you had a great year, and I am now following your amazing Pinterest boards! They look amazing!!
      Keep coming by!

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