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Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2012-2013

I get asked all the time what we use for this subject or that subject..and I want to know what others are using too. So here’s the low down for our homeschool curriculum choices this year. We’re adding in a whole lot of new stuff, which is always refreshing.

Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Noah (5th Grade):
Bible: Awana scriptures & Kay Arthur studies
Math: Teaching Textbooks (new to us this year)
Language Arts:
     Spelling: Spelling Workout
     Grammar: Editor in Chief
     Vocabulary: English from the Roots Up
     Writing: Daily 6-Trait Writing

Jack (1st Grade):

Bible: Awana scriptures and Jesus Story Book
Math: Saxon 2
Language Arts:
Spelling: All About Spelling
Phonics: Hooked on Phonics and Explode the Code
Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting
Vocab: English from the Roots Up
Language: Language Lessons for the Very Young
Writing: Daily 6-Trait Writing
Logic: Critical & Creative Thinking

Sophie (PreK):
My Father’s World Kindergarten

Subjects we do together:

We will be studying US history from the Civil War to present using this book as our guide. We don’t cover every single chapter just because this is the story of the WORLD and we’re only focusing on the US right now…we do cover some world stuff, but mostly US.
Again, I’m choosing chapters from this book to create unit studies. We’ll use a ton of extra books for these units too. The Apologia book is our spine for this year.
UPDATE: This study went so great! Check out our anatomy study here!

Art History:

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We will be doing this once a month and using 13 Art Mysteries Children Should Know. This is a whole series and if it works, we’ll do more from it throughout the year.


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I have a couple things I’m going to order when I get home:

Expedition Earth. I’ve heard great things about this geography curriculum…so we’ll be using that too.

And the Child Training Bible…I’m planning on ordering this too and incorporating it into our bible time.
I would LOVE to answer any questions you have about our curriculum this year! Please make sure your name is linked with your user name so I can email you back. I get lots of questions from people without their names linked and it’s impossible to return their comment. Under settings you can change it…


I’m gaining confidence with this homeschool thing. Every year seems easier and easier. I used to be all freaked out if I bought something and it didn’t work for us.  But now I know that really…it’s ok. If we don’t finish something, nobody’s gonna die. I love this time of year…gearing up for the new school year.
What’s your favorite new curriculum this year if you homeschool?
When are you starting?

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  1. also LOVE explode the code…will use it with my youngest. I've used it before, but this year my middle son will have his vocab through the writing program, which makes life easier. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. We use Apologia and Story of the World, too. LOVE them.

    Here are some of the things we use::
    Saxon Math
    Institute for Excellence in Writing
    Essentials of the English Language
    Rod & Staff Spelling
    Our vocabulary comes with our writing program up above.

    For my kindergartener, I'm using:
    Saxon Math
    All about Spelling for phonics/spelling/reading.
    Teach your child to read in a hundred easy lessons.

    I'll start writing with ease with her about half year.

    love homeschooling posts…love to see what everyone else uses!

  3. Oh girlfriend you ROCK at this. I used a few of those books myself and loved most of them. I spent time going through curriculum books but loved Sonlight a lot too because it was literature based and that was HUGE for both my hoodlums. We also did Horizon math but I kept wanting to switch over to Saxon. I heard such great things about it!

    How soon do you guys start up? Happy planning girly!

  4. You know I love any curriculum post!! We are starting the Monday after Labor Day here. I am excited, but my terror level is rapidly picking up. A post with tips for first timers would be super cool:) {lol}

  5. i am so excited for this post!;)we've decided to do my father's world countries and cultures for all kids.
    rid and staff for L.A. and math. we shall see how that goes. and i LOVE explode the code! gonna have to check out that body book as my 6 hyear old is ALWAYS asking me how certain parts work!thanks girly!

  6. Thanks for sharing your lists! This is only our second year homeschooling but my boys are about the same ages as your kids (I have a second grader instead of a first grader) so this helps me out. A lot of our fifth grade stuff is the same ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Sounds like great choices! I don't homeschool my kids, but I have a few of those books for them. They love the Apologia Science books and Story of the World.

    Hope you have a great year!

  8. We have used A beka for Reading/phonics/math for a few yrs now. I've been pretty happy with it…just all those darn work sheets. Are there less work sheets with what you use??

    For science we use Answers in Genesis. We liked it. A lot of fun projects.

    For History we are going to study the western expansion using literature and fun projects. A sort of hodge podge.

    I can't wait to get the planner I ordered from and ya!! So excited about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. The Body Book
    is super fun

    our kids did it
    in their co-op a few years ago

    and can i just


    over MFW?


    and we also love
    love love
    Explode The Code
    and TT math

    looks like a fun year coming!


    p.s. i ordered that multi book

    fingers crossed
    that it will be the magic
    i've been looking for

  10. you are one inspiring home school girlie. I can't quite wrap my head around all the thought you put into pulling this curriculum together…but you give me hope that in couple years I will? i hope.

    p.s. catching up with you today, friend : )

  11. thank you so much for sharing this!
    i am using sequential spelling for my kiddos again, apologia, math u see, not sure about history, and more that i can't remember at the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚
    i didn't like story of the world last year, but maybe i didn't use it correctly because it was new to me(the one o ordered was possibly too young for my girls). ๐Ÿ™‚

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