Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Curriculum 2015-2016

As I said before last year we used Abeka Video for our homeschooling part of the year.  It was perfect.  Bristol still got to have a "teacher" and all I had to do was make sure she was paying attention and had the right worksheet to do.   It was the best fit for our family at the time.   And a really good option if you want to dip your toes into homeschooling.

This year I decided to dive full force into picking our curriculum.  It started with wanting something different for bible and it ended up with me picking and choosing everything.  I read so many reviews. Asked a lot of people questions.  Not because I wanted them to do it for me but because I was curious how they liked it.  Curriculum is expensive and while I am not opposed to switching mid year if something isn't working for us, I want to make an informed choice.

I am leaning more towards a classical model for our education but ended up somewhere on the eclectic side.

Bible- We are kicking off the year with GrapeVine Studies.   We started with level one Creation to Resurrection.  The kids liked day 1 of drawing your way through the bible.

Language Arts-  I was really happy with the language arts portion of Bristol's schooling last year so I decided to go with the whole if it ain't broke, don't fix it method.  We stuck with Abeka this year.  My biggest complaint so far is that it isn't laid out very fluidly.  There are so many books.

Science- We are using Abeka for this as well.

History-  I am ridiculously excited about our history curriculum.  We are doing The Mystery of History Volume 1.   It is a chronological study broken up over 4 volumes.  Every 4 years we will repeat the volumes and somewhere we will do a year of US history.

Art-  Artistic Pursuits.  Bristol is really interested in art.   This year I wanted to get her into actual art not just crafts.  We are doing book 1 in the k-3 series.  It weaves art history in with art projects.

Math-  I had a really hard time picking a math curriculum.  To me math is something you do.  Basic math is something you use every day.   I wanted her to really know math and all the facts that go with it because yes, math is facts.  Originally I was looking at Math U See and Saxton but they are both spiral programs and I wanted a mastery program.  A video that explains the difference.  We ended up ordering Rod and Staff.  This is a no frills math curriculum which appeals to me.  I plan to add to it if needed.  

For Eldon he will use the same bible, history, art, science as Bristol.  For language arts I am using  The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading.  We are slowing going through it.  He has been interested in learning to read for a while so I decided to dive in with him.  Let me remind you this is the kid who at 22 months decided he was done with diapers and potty trained himself.

I got at least 50% of our stuff used which was really nice.  I plan to continue to max out our library cards through the school year to supplement our reading.  

I should also say that I plan to supplement with trips to museums and learning centers. I think it is really important that we take field trips.

What are you using?  Do you have a math curriculum you love?

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