It seems that I am having the same conversation with so many homeschooling friends right now. We all want to know what curriculum each of us are using for the upcoming school year! I really had a lot to figure out this year because I wanted the oldest 3 to all be doing some of the same things this year. This year I have 6th, 5th and 2nd grader to cover!
I knew I really didn’t want to be doing two different historical time periods. So, if you are familiar with Sonlight, we ended up skipping Core 5 (now F). It is really driving me crazy that they changed all of their Core names, but they didn’t ask me, and I do understand why they did it. We are doing Sonlight Core G with the older 2 (and hoping that Andrew can listen in to Story of the World with that) and Andrew will be doing Core B. This way we will all be studying history starting from the beginning and moving our way through. Thes Core B&C and Core G&H combinations cover world history over a 2 year period. I am still debating (yes, with myself) if we should do them over a 3 year period to not go so quickly and to be able to add in the Story of the World Activity Guides! One year with Sonlight and we are to cover Story of the World 1 and 2! Whew!
We have been using Sonlight Science for the last 4 years so I thought it was time for a change and once again wanted to do something all 3 could do together. While I was at the Illinois homeschool convention, ICHE, I stopped by the Apologia Science booth and asked them which one they thought we would enjoy (we have already done Botany). Hands down they said Human Anatomy. So there you have it. We will know all the ins and outs of the human body before the end of the school year!
You guessed it, I wanted to all do something together! After searching the internet and reading people’s questions and answers on The Old Schoolhouse Facebook Page (amazing resource, go check it out and like it) I found Bible Study Guide for All Ages. It looks amazing and we got a jump start on one lesson to try it out! Ages 3 and up can do it together with different age appropriate activity pages. Time lines and maps and songs are even included! I think we are really going to learn a lot this year and am very excited for the adventure!
We did Institute for Excellence in Writing last year and can’t speak highly enough about it! Not one tear was shed last year during writing! not by the kids or myself! This year we are going to try to do the Sonlight Language Arts and see how it goes. IF we are having a hard time with it, we will switch back to IEW. Along with Sonlight’s Language Arts programs come a few different workbook options (vocab and phonic etc) and grammar programs. We intend to do what is recommended.
All 3 will be doing Horizons. This year will be levels 6 and 3. We have really done quite a few math programs over the years but have really settled into this one. (We have tried Saxon, Singapore, and Math Mammoth) Occasionally I let the kids only do 1/2 of the review problems because it can just be too much, but it really has help them to retain information!
I am really excited about this year! On top of all the curriculum I have scheduled already we will be getting to try out and review curriculum and other products and books pertaining to Homeschooling all year long for TOS Homeschool Crew Review! And you will get all the nitty gritty about what we try out this year. Our first 2 products to review are in the mail and heading out to our home already! One is from Apologia -How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. The other is Civilize This from Griddley Games. Both reviews will be posted the first week of September.
Have you finished planning for the upcoming school year? When are you planning on starting?