Q&A Friday: What curricula do you plan to use next year? (2012 curriculum fair)

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Over the past month we’ve heard from all of our contributors, each sharing the resources we’ve found helpful (or not helpful!), along with our homeschooling plans for the upcoming school year.

I hope you’ve found this helpful as you begin your own planning. Personally I’ve bookmarked a few resources and recommendations to keep for future years. Now it’s your turn to share!

Each homeschooling family makes unique choices each year based on our educational philosophies and priorities, but we can always learn from each other.  So please feel free to jump in today!

If you’ve written a post on your blog about the curriculum you use or will use, please leave your link in the comments.

Even if you don’t have a blog, you can still leave a comment letting us know about your favorite resources.

Enjoy browsing through the links–I’m looking forward to it!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. I recently posted my seventh grade daughter’s booklist from this past year. here: http://postcardsfromseattle.squarespace.com/postcardsfromseattle/2012/5/10/seventh-grade-booklists.html

    We loved centering our curriculum around great books. Next year, we will do something similar. I have also been putting together my son’s reading list for next year, using a lot of titles from the Sonlight book lists.
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  2. Next year will be our first year, with my husband doing the homeschooling, but we’ve bought all of our resources for next year already. I guess you would call the apporoach that we are going to try in the beginning “relaxed classical eclectic”.

  3. Thanks for allowing us to share. I look forward to visiting the links that have been posted!

    Here is ours: http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/2012/05/homeschooling-this-past-year-and-year.html
    Missional Mama’s latest post: Homeschooling {This Past Year and the Year to Come}

  4. We’re making a big switch this year.

    Here is the post about it: http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=35490208#editor/target=post;postID=2735900891888279844

    Can’t wait to read everyone else’s choices for next year!

  5. Sorry about the link. Try this one: http://tnaddisonfamily.blogspot.com/2012/05/school-plans-2012-2013.html
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  6. We wrote a post in response to this one, listing a list of lists of the school materials we use. I must say I have never written a full list before and the whole thing is quite daunting. Especially since our attitude to school is really relaxed and go with the flow and a one day at a time approach!!!
    Anyway we have eight kids and six of them will be in school this year: grade 9; grade 7; grade 5; grade 3; grade 2 and grade K (the year before grade 1). The two littlies will trail along behind us, seeking their own adventures as we go.

    se7en’s latest post: Se7en’s School Curriculum Fair… A List of Lists…

  7. This will be our first year to homeschool. I have 15 yo (10th), 13 yo (8th) 9yo (4th) and 3 yo (hanging out and learning through play) boys. Here’s the list we’re working from for now…. TT Algebra II, MathUSee Algebra, Horizons Math 4. Queen Homeschool language lessons for each age group, Apologia Physical Science for the oldest 2 and Apologia Zoology Flying Creatures for the 4th grader. Mystery of History for all…planning on adding in some US w/ the election this year and probably review some Olympic stuff this summer w/ the Olympics in London. Dad will be doing our Bible curriculum. Working on our reading list and finding some extras based on their interests. Looking forward to leaving the craziness of our public school schedule behind.

    • DadeCro says:

      I am interested in your progress up t know. This is my first year with all my kiddos in homeschool very similar and close in age to your family. Please share your best practices and how you manage a schedule to keep all engaged at the same time. I have a 11th grader, a 9th grader, 7th grader and 3rd grader and I struggle with time management (we are spending long hours each day) in addition to selecting the best curriculum. I have not decided on one yet that works best for us. Any suggestions?

  8. This will be my first “official” year homeschooling my 5 year old daughter. I have a 3 year old that will be with us as well. We’re planning on using Math U See, Handwriting without Tears, Explode the Code, and then doing daily calendar on our own. We’re hoping to get a science co-op going and a Mommy and Me BookClub as well. I haven’t posted anything about curriulum on my blog yet, but probably will start as we “officially” begin in a few short weeks! Thanks for all the ideas…and a chance to check out what others are up to! :)
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  9. I have a 6 year old going into first grade, a preschooler and a 2.5 year old. We are going to start Classical Conversations next fall. Reading will be 100 Easy Lessons and I need to figure out a plan for math.
    Looking forward to it!

  10. I just posted our plans for the coming school year.
    You can view our 1st grade curriculum here: http://emhomeschools.blogspot.com/2012/05/1st-grade-curriculum.html
    I previously posted our Kindergarten curriculum here:
    Our Pre-K/K curriculum:
    Eva Marina’s latest post: 1st Grade Curriculum

  11. A look back and a little look ahead at Grace Cottage School…
    Mary Beth’s latest post: state of the union: homeschooling

  12. I’ve written mine up over the weekend and gotten them posted!

    stephanie’s latest post: 2012-2013 Homeschool Plans

  13. I just wrong my post about what we are using next year, can’t wait to have time to go back through and read everyone’s posts.

    Cara’s latest post: Dreaming of Next Year… Plans and Curriculum for 2012/2013

  14. I have a to-be 3rd grader, 1st grader and a 2 year old. Here’s what we’re planning for the upcoming year!

    Intentionally Katie’s latest post: 2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum

  15. Catherine says:

    We’ve loved the books from the Sonlight curriculum and will use it to study Eastern Hemisphere this year and the second part of World History. The booklist is on their website. We also use Fountas and Pinnell’s leveled readers for beginning reading and their Phonics program. For writing, we adapt Lucy Calkins K-2 and 3-5th grade writing curriculum. We use the Pearson Math curriculum for my three kids.

  16. I wrote out our plans for next year a few days ago but forgot to link up. Here you go!
    I’m really excited about all the fun times we’ll have!
    We have a 3rd grader, kindergartener, and preschooler.
    Melissa’s latest post: School plans for 2012-2013

  17. We are using a hodgepodge of materials. Here is a link to my 2012-2013 post: http://www.christine-mary.blogspot.com/2012/05/new-school-year-preparations.html
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  18. Sorry I am late on my linky. You know 4 kids 5 and under…you understand. Love reading what everyone is doing. Thanks for sharing. I hope more people comment!!
    Shana’s latest post: 2012/2013 School Curriculum

  19. We are already beginning and this year I am doing more unit studies…elections and Westward Expansion. As we begin our 4th year I have more confidence in pulling together materials myself. We also are using Mosdos Press for literature, Saxon for Math, and Nancy Larson Science for younger science with Rainbow Science for upper middle school. Fun year ahead with a field trip to tie it all up!

  20. I was so looking forward to that moment where I can say: I got it, I chose all the Curriculums there are to choose and I’m done !! and I believe I’ve reached that moment *grin* here are my 2 cents.

    Myriam’s latest post: our Curriculum Choices

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