Our Homeschool Curricula 2011

Dear Reader,

It is time for the Not Back to School BlogHop on curriculum choices. So here is my entry . . .

We are trying to be even more true to a Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling this year. But we do still use some curricula.

For math we use Math-U-See. I have kids using Beta, Gamma, Zeta, and Pe-Algebra this year. My older son is also working through the Life of Fred which approaches math through narrative.

The older two use Spelling Power and the younger two will be using Sequential Spelling.

The little two are still using Handwriting without Tears for printing. The older two do copywork. I have a few books along the lines of “Nature for Copywork” or I select passages from what we have been studying.

For grammar, we are all working through KISS grammar together. This is a free curriculum which can be found online. We do most of it out loud together rather than doing all the worksheets.

We also read through and narrate a lot of books. We have been going through Aesop’s Fables among others.

We may have a science class taught be a real teacher. That is still being worked out. We will do regular nature walks and write in our nature journals. We also plan to read through The Storybook of Science and Paul Fleishman’s science books (I think the series is called Secrets of the Universe).

We have been doing regular mapdrills to learn countries and major landmarks. We had been through North and South America and so I think we will turn to Europe next. We do this alongside Hillyer’s A Child’s Geography.

History I cobble together from various sources. We have been going through ancient history and are ready for Greece now. I try to pick on good spine book to give us a narrative and then others to supplement it. Honestly, I haven’t picked which resources to sue for Greece yet. I need to get to that. For some ideas, I usually turn to Truthquest guides, All Through the Ages, and maybe a Greenleaf guide (we used their guide to Egypt to good effect).

Did I forget anything?

Oh yes, my oldest son does Greek using Open Texture and my daughter does French. We will also try to do regular composer and artist studies. Three out of my 4 kids love arts and crafts so it is no problem to get them hands on time with that.



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