We are starting up the New Year with all kids back into homeschooling. Tomorrow is going to be our first day back. I certainly have ideals as far as curriculum goes, but we’re filling in blanks here. This is the plan for the rest of this school year.
One thing I have decided from here on out, is to buy non-consumable curriculum when possible. Multi-level and non-consumable is an ideal. I wish that existed in every subject. It doesn’t.
I have loved and enjoyed Jac Kris Publishing for all our language for the last three years. Sadly, I just don’t want to have that annual cost anymore. I have landed on Rod and Staff for writing and grammar. I’m excited to see how that works out. Isabel will be the first to try. We still have enough of the older curriculum for the rest of the little ones this year.
Saxon math is so great. I love the daily review, and the self-teaching style of new concepts. I still go through the lesson with each child, but if they forget a part or just need to see it again everything is laid out. There are daily drills, which I think is very important. Repetition is a great tool. There is a need to buy the workbooks each year, but the texts are reusable. I like this math so much. I’m willing to buy the workbooks each year.
I had bought Apoligia Science during the summer and we never used it. We are all eager to start the Astronomy book. I love that this is multi-level. We are not buying the notebooks, so it’s also non-consumable. We will just use a composition book, and make our own.
Geography will be light, but we’re going to start the Expedition Earth from Confessions of a Homeschooler. I chose World Geography so that we can pick out countries that are directly in-line with what we’ll be learning in History. This covers most grades. It’s consumable. I will need to print activity pages for each child.
Mystery of History Volume One will be coming our way soon. I’m beyond thrilled to start this. It goes chronologically mixing Biblical and secular history. I can’t tell you how great this is to me. Talk about relieving the confusion between these two, and showing the relationship of them. This is also multi-level and non-consumable, K-12. There are four volumes in all. From creation to the capture and death of Bin Laden.
Spelling Power is also a K-12 Spelling book, non-consumable. I plan on getting that as soon as the budget allows. There are worksheet to print occasionally.
What are your favorite curriculum picks for multi-level teaching? Have you tried any of the mentioned picks? What did you like or not like about them?
Pass the coffee and chocolate. I’m a full-time teacher again.