Updated February 22. 2014
Don’t you feel great when you finally decide on the homeschooling curriculum plan and schedule for the next year? I know that I struggle with each subject and the multitude of choices. I always ask the question…Is this the best for my student? Does the curriculum cover the subject fully with clarity? Do I need to supplement the curriculum? Will she be bored or excited with the curriculum? Did I choose one too challenging or too easy?
From February until May, I spend countless hours reviewing each curriculum option, including the scope and sequences for my student. I compare these to the typical subjects expected at her age or grade. Then, I pray for guidance, clarity, and yes, the funds to buy the curriculum.
When looking at our curriculum choices, it is important to remember that we homeschool year round with our year starting in June. We take breaks throughout the year, rather than taking the summer off. Following this year-round schedule, we find that her math, grammar, and writing tend to remain at a constant growth and achievement.
In addition, I believe in having a primary curriculum combined with a less intensive supplemental curriculum. Granted this may seem like a lot of material to cover in one year, however I do believe that it is important to learn subjects from two viewpoints or presentations. For example, we use Saxon Math along with Life of Fred. While Saxon Math is thorough, my daughter simply enjoys math with Life of Fred and thinks that Fred is the most adorable math whiz! The result is that she enjoys math. I have listed our main homeschooling curriculum or resources as ‘Primary’, with the supplementary curriculum as ‘Supplementary.’
***Update: We have made some changes to the curriculum for 7th grade. Deleted changes are in Red and additions are in Green.
- Bible – Primary
- Heaven for Kids – Primary
- Saxon 8/7 – Primary
- Life of Fred – Supplementary – Deleted – We are continuing with Saxon 8/7
- Added: Saxon Algebra 1/2.
- BJU Life Science Grade 7 – Primary
- Apologia General Science – Supplementary – Selected chapters only
- The Fallacy Detective – Primary – Deleted. I think this would be a little better when my daughter is older.
- Red Herring Mysteries – These do not always fall in the school day. We like these as puzzlers when driving somewhere or waiting for an appointment.
- BJU Grammar and Writing – the Grammar section only – Primary
- Holt Elements of Language – the Grammar section only – Supplementary
- Writing with Skill Level 1 – Primary – Deleted
- Replaced WWS with IEW Medieval History Based Writing Lessons
- Assorted research papers, writing projects, presentations, and models throughout the year
- Spelling Power – Primary
- Vocabulary Cartoons – Primary
- Word Power – Duke TIPS
- BJU Health – Postponed
- Sonlight H – Primary
- Reading lists – Supplementary
- Added – BJU Literature 7th grade
- Added – C.S. Lewis Narnia Series
- First Form Latin
- Sonlight H including Story of the World – Primary
- Chester Comix – Supplementary
- Classical Conversations Timeline Cards
- Piano Lessons
- Composers and Orchestra
- Thomas Kincaid Drawing Basics
- Architecture Camp
- Classical Conversations
- Summer Camps
*The subject bolded are the core subjects covered each day. The remaining are scheduled throughout the week or year depending on the length of the course or curriculum.
Ultimately, I do not schedule all the subjects at the same time. Some of the subjects and curriculum are not a year-round curriculum. Therefore, we may do one to two lessons a week thus spreading it out over the year. My daughter, while challenged, is not overwhelmed. That would be counter-productive. I carefully schedule things and adjust as necessary. Although we have an active academic schedule, my daughter has friends, activities, church, family, and sports to keep her busy and happy as well. Finding the perfect curriculum does not guarantee a successful school year. Nuturing the love of learning, does!
Have a wonderful day!
Updated February 22, 2014