I have had many people ask what I am doing with my kids this coming Fall. Below are my choices for each child.
Kayla. Entering 5th grade.
Abeka 6th Math and Singapore 5A and 5B. Kayla just finished Saxon 65. She did well, but overall was about a B student. Ironically her standardized testing showed her to be way above average (and even stellar in some areas) in math even though I would have thought this was one of her hardest subjects. I decided to do 6th grade math again (since she is only entering 5th) and solidify some concepts. She is currently working through A Key To Series for the summer.
History/Literature: Sonlight Core F. She will be taking a class at Pine Castle Eagle School on Mondays for this as well.
Language Arts: Abeka and some Easy Grammar if needed.
Science: Apologia Zoology. This will be taken at PCCA Eagle School as well.
Writing: IEW through PCCA
Kayla requested a while back to do Latin. She knows a couple of kids who do it and I figure that it may be good to help with vocabulary and grammar as well. We will be doing Latin for Children A and she will be working with a friend of mine. We may do this for two years, and after that, PJ would like to her start German.
Building Thinking Skills 2
Wyatt. Entering 2nd.
Math: Math in Focus 2A and 2B. Doing Singapore worksheets for extra practice. I am excited to try this math. I have been doing SIngapore with him and he does very well, but this has a lot more ideas for games, teaching suggestions, practice, and keeps with the standards for each grade. Wyatt picks up on math very easily, so it is hard keeping things hard enough the the doesn’t get bored, but fun enough that he doesn’t get bored. We will see how it goes.
History: My Fathers World Countries and Cultures along with Galloping the Globe. Taking a class at PCCA to go along with this.
Literature: Sonlight 3rd grade readers.
Language Arts: Abeka
Science: Apologia Zoology. PCCA class.
Writing: IEW 2nd grade class at PCCA
Song School Latin
Building Thinking Skills 1
Anniston (entering K) and Danae (entering pre-K)
Math: Singapore Earlybird. I plan on transitioning her to Math in Focus 1 when she is ready. She loves math, but I want to be extremely gentle for now until I know she is ready to move on. We have worked through the first book of Horizons K this year, but I want to transition to Singapore for a while.
History: Same as Wyatt
Science: Same as Wyatt
Building Thinking Skills Beginning
For all of them I will be using Apologia Bible.
I realize that at any moment I can change this. The curriculum that I am most certain about is Sonlight. We have stayed with them for a few years now and love it more and more as each year passes. To cut down on the cost of all of this, I utilize what I already have (passing down from kid to kid), the library, friends who have good deals, and buy what I think I will want for years to come.
I am one of those who really do not mind admitting when something is terrible and ditching it. Part of the reason I homeschool is for all of us to enjoy ourselves and to instill a LOVE of learning. As the years go on, I do learn more and more about each child and their learning style, which makes decisions a little easier. I do prepare for changes throughout the year and don’t mind making them. There are times where something needs to be changed and there are times that I have to make them push through difficulties with certain subjects/curriculum. The hard part is knowing which is best in a particular season.
I admire all of the families who started homeschooling around the time I was a kid and only had a couple choices for curriculum. Although, maybe that would have made things a little easier. :-)