I had every intention of officially starting our new school year next week. Which probably explains why I’ve been unable to shut my brain down to sleep and waking up in a panic for the past two weeks – I still hadn’t decided on curriculum!! This would even be a bigger problem if I actually had to shop for new curriculum but honestly, since I’m starting homeschool year #20, I really have tons of curriculum already. Some, never even used! (I hope to do a post later this week and sell off some stuff so stay tuned!)
Anyway, after shopping around my shelves and in boxes, I thought I had pretty much decided what to do this year. Jared is entering high school so I also made a tentative four year plan for him. Whew! It feels so good to have a plan written down.
And then I went to church yesterday. And in prayer, I always ask God to cover our homeschool and help lead and guide me. And I felt prompted to pray a little more about the direction of our homeschool. When it was all said and done, God led me in a completely different direction as far as curriculum is concerned. I headed home, dug around a little more to find what I will need, rewrote our four year plan and now I have to set up a planner!
I only have two boys left to homeschool. It’s been so long since I’ve only had two students! My, how time flies!! Anyway, I really need to focus on relationships, instilling a love of learning, sparking curiosity, and keeping God in the center. With that in mind, here’s our homeschool curriculum choices for this upcoming school year:
History: Adam to Messiah – by Robin Sampson. This is an Ancient History unit study from a Biblical perspective. I have the paperback from years ago when I taught it to my oldest daughter when she entered high school. I know some of the links and resources are now outdated but I think I can still get updated information from her website, Heart of Wisdom. My daughter still tells me that this was the most favorite book we ever used in her homeschool studies and was very excited to learn that I’m pulling it back out to use again. I’m sure she will try to sit in and liven up some of our discussions.
English: We will be using Institute for Excellence in Writing (aka “IEW”). I fell in love with them during our review and clearly see why it is so highly recommended. I will also be using some of Logic of English Essentials as a review for some problem areas. Literature will be covered in our unit studies and I also have a book list of books to read during his high school years. I’ll be sharing that later too.
Math: We are going to be using Life of Fred’s Financial Choices book for Consumer Math.
Science: Apologia’s Physical Science. We actually did this several years ago with pretty much the whole family but he was much younger and now the focus will be on him. I will have Jeremiah studying it with us and I’ll share more of that in a minute.
Electives: Since the Adam to Messiah is a Biblical based study, he will be earning a credit in Bible. We are also looking into some foreign language studies, either Spanish, Latin or Hebrew. Also, we will have the gym membership to qualify him for PE. He’s wanting to do some computer courses and maybe even get a job but I think this is plenty. I’ll see if we add anything as we go.
(Sorry, I didn’t include any pics of his. Years ago, I tore all of my Konos books apart and put each unit into individual binders and the picture would look pretty boring with just the math and LOE and tons binders 🙂
History and Science: I am returning to one of the first curriculums that I ever fell in love with – Konos!! I have absolutely everything for it already as I used Konos exclusively for many years, even starting several co-ops. I am going to have Jeremiah sit in on most of the studies with Jared but will be using Konos to pull age appropriate resources and activities for him. Also, I’m going to let him choose some topics to study (going more “delight directed”.)
Math: We are returning to Horizons. He used it for Preschool and then we changed. He’s been asking to go back to it and so when we were offered to do a review, I figured it would be a great time to switch. We will be finishing up his second grade level pretty soon and then will start third.
English: Logic of English Essentials. I love, love, love this curriculum and it has helped him so much so we will continue using it. We are using the cursive workbook this year.
We are also incorporating a reading list. I’m actually going to make some reading Bingo cards and then he can have a little more freedom in choosing his books. I’ll be looking at enrolling him back in sports this year too maybe.
We are going in a couple of weeks to a introductory 4H club meeting. Now that we have chickens and he is no longer in Boy Scouts, I wanted to find something to fill that void and he already has several friends in 4H. I’m hoping to get Jared interested in doing some 4H activities too but like he said, everyone else his age has already been in it for years. I still think he could find something of interest.
This is our core plan. Since I do reviews of homeschool products, new curriculum is always being added here and there.
I’m looking forward to starting soon. What have you decided on using this year? If you write a blog post about it, please leave a link in the comments so I can come visit!!