Homeschool Curriculum Picks for 10th, 8th, and 3rd Grades

It’s that time of year again–the season of homeschool bloggers sharing their curriculum choices! I have to say, these posts never get old to write. Homeschool moms are known for searching out the best materials for their kids and usually can’t wait to share about it! I’m no different–I love it too!

So here are our curriculum choices for the new school year 2021-22. This year I’ll be teaching my 10th grade son, 8th grade daughter, and 3rd grade daughter.

OUR HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM PICKS FOR 2021-22: GRADES 10, 8, and 3

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OUR HOMESCHOOL PLANS FOR 2021-22

WE ALWAYS START OUR DAYS WITH A MORNING MEETING

We love to start our mornings with a family meeting. Here’s what we’ll cover in our Morning Meetings this year, we won’t do all of these things each day, but here are the resources we’ll use:

Jack’s High School Credits: 1/2 credit for Church History/Bible

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WHAT WE’RE READING THIS YEAR:

I always like to pick our family read alouds for the year, even though it hardly ever goes as plans and we deviate from the plan sometimes. That’s ok! We usually get around to reading most of them! This year I am mostly focusing on reading some missionary stories because they will accompany Vera’s (3rd gr) geography study. Here are our picks for this year:

OUR FAMILY READ ALOUD CHOICES:

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AFTER THE MORNING MEETING, OUR WEEKS WILL LOOK LIKE THIS:

  • Daily:
    • Math lessons
    • Language arts
    • Reading
    • Phonics
  • Homeschool band + gym one day/week
  • History 2x/week with Geography
  • Science 2x/week
  • Art 1x/week or more!
  • Co-op for my 10th grader one afternoon/week

OUR HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM PICKS BY SUBJECT:

MATH + LOGIC

We love doing logic each day in our homeschool. Sometimes we do this in the morning during our Morning Meeting. Other times, we do this instead of a math lesson or in addition to. We use a combination of workbooks and games.

For math, we’ve tried many different math curricula, but we always come back to Saxon. Math used to be so much harder for all of us, but then we discovered Nicole the Math Lady and everything changed!

We also use My Math Assistant to help make grading math easier!

If you’re interested in trying out Nicole the Math Lady for free, you can try her 7-day free trial! I hope you love her as much as we do!

My 9th grader will use:

Jack’s high school credit: 1 math

My 8th grader will use:

My 3rd grader will use:

Logic

Besides their regular logic workbooks, I decided to grab a course from Masterbooks that looks amazing!

My 8th and 10th grader will use:

I will read them a lesson from the text each day and they will have some questions to answer and some discussion will go along with it as well.

OUR HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM PICKS FOR LANGUAGE ARTS:

We have really found our favorites for language arts and haven’t changed it much over the years.

My 10th grader will use:

He is also doing Sonlight’s Classic Literature 230 with some friends. There is a LOT of reading in this course and he will do a little writing with this as well. Some of the books he’ll be reading with this class:

  • The Screwtape Letters
  • Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde
  • Oliver Twist

Jack’s high school credit: 1/2 for English grammar + 1 for literature

My 8th grader will use:

My 3rd grader will use:

At this age, I like to make sure they’re reading really well before I add in any grammar or spelling. The copywork book listed above is great because it has some light grammar integrated into the pages in addition to the copywork. She will also do some light spelling practice too.

GEOGRAPHY

We will all use:

My 3rd grader will use:

I’m actually not doing a typical history curriculum with her this year, so we will focus more heavily on world geography. We’re going to be studying geography in addition to studying some Christian missionaries.

Beautiful Feet Books Around the World with Picture Books II : We started this last year and LOVED it! We are adding in the first set this year as it will cover several countries from our missionary studies too.

Beautiful Feet Books Around the World with Picture Books I

To Every Nation: A Study of 12 Missionaries and their Great God. We will be reading the Christian Heroes books alongside this study.

HISTORY

We are changing things up this year, as I won’t be going through a big unit study with my kids. My 10th grader and 8th grader will be reading through the following together:

I really love these books. They went through the Ancients last year (yes, we are jumping around a bit and yes, I have a hard time with that. But we are all kind of tired of the regular cycle.) and loved it! They read like a story and have tons of spots for your kids to stop and do narrations for you.

I also grabbed the timeline for this book too.

Jack’s high school credit: 1 for history

SCIENCE + NATURE

I am not a great science mom, I fully admit it, but last year we finished a FULL science curriculum–cover to cover!! Yay! That said, I’m super excited for this year. 

For my 3rd and 8th grader:

My 10th grader will use:

Jack’s high school credit: 1 for science

We also will use:

For nature, we really really love No Sweat Nature Classes with Cindy. Every month includes two classes plus a printout to accompany the lesson. The kids learn tons of vocabulary words AND they get to do really great nature journal drawing every time too.

ART

I love art so much–if it was up to me, we’d do art every day! For me, it seems that we never get enough art time. We’ve got some really awesome resources that help us get to art often and not over complicate things.

SQUILT Music Class is also on our list! We love these classes.

EXTRA FUN STUFF

  • Homeschool band
  • *NEW* dance class
  • *NEW* Piano Lessons
  • Boy Scouts
  • American Heritage Girls
  • Field Trips
  • Tinker Crates
  • Church groups

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7 Comments

  1. Did you use the worksheets that go along with World’s Story for high school? Thinking of using this for 9th grade. Thanks!

  2. We’re doing Logic with my 10th grader this year as well, and I’m learning so much right along with her! I wish I had taken it when I was in high school. Thankful we get to keep learning 🙂 How are you recording that on his transcript? I’m not sure whether to put it under math or science – or maybe elective since she already has math & science covered?

  3. I find these breakdowns of curriculum so helpful! We’re going back to Ancient History and I’m excited. It’s been three years since we last studied and it feels new to me. I also have a better understanding of what we excel at as a family and enjoy together and am focusing on that this year.

  4. Hi! I’m considering Easy Grammar this year for my 9th Grader. What’s the difference between Easy Grammar plus and the grade specific books? Do you recommend these through 12th grade? We need a good year of grammar here ? Thanks.

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