Q&A Friday: What curricula will you be using next year? (2011 Curriculum Fair)

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

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

I hope this information has been helpful to you as you contemplate your planning for the fall. I know I’ve jotted down a few notes here and there of recommendations for future years, as well as browsing through materials I’d never heard of before. And all from the comfort of my laptop!

Now it’s your turn to share!

Whether you’re an unschooler, a traditionalist, a Charlotte Mason fan, a Waldorf follower, or any and all in between, at Simple Homeschool we respect the unique choices you make for your family. And I’d love to hear from you today.

If you’ve written a post on your blog about the curriculum you use or will use, please feel free to share 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 your responses!

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. We will be using Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Exploration, Teaching Textbooks 4, a typing program, and some form of picture study. It promises to be a great year!
    Tammy’s latest post: We are still here!

  2. We will be using ACE, Singapore maths, Wisdom books from IBLP and How great thou art. Lets hear it from the other homeschoolers :)

  3. I will have a daughter in first grade this fall. I am excited to begin b/c I have ordered some of our books and can barely wait. This summer we are reading some living books about the history of our country and learning a bit about our 50 states. In the fall we will continue with Math U See. This past year we worked through WRTR using The Works People helps. I was about to sign off on it, but my daughter’s reading has taken off and her spelling is better than I expected. Science will be Apologia, Astronomy, very excited about this. For history, read aloud, Bible memory, copy work, artists, poetry, and music study we will be following the http://simplycharlottemason.com curriculum guide. It is flexible with just enough structure to keep me focused. We will be starting with history and geography, in the beginning, Genesis. Can’t wait. Oh, and I am still thinking about a foreign language, not sure if I am ready for that this year. I also have a 4 year old and 1 year old to include in our days. Always makes for an adventure.

    • Lisa Sloan says:

      We loved Apologia Astronomy. If your budget allows, I recommend the notebook that goes along with it. I wish we had done that. We are using
      Apologia Swimming Creatures w/notebooks and can’t wait to get started.

  4. This coming year is our first year homeschooling, and still working it out, but it looks like this is what we will use:
    History/Geography: Sonlight Core B/C
    Language Arts: McRuffy Lang. Arts (this took a long time to decide on as I looked for something more comprehensive and all in one, anyone with gr. 1, 2 or 3 experience with it?)
    Writing: Older one will also use Institute for Excellence in writing
    Math: Horizons for the younger ones and Teaching Textbook for the older.
    Science: Noeo Science and/or nature study of our own environment

    With Teaching Textbooks since there are not as many lessons (around 120) would anyone supplement with another curr.- Horizons would be too much, how about McRuffy math- seems a lighter load but on target- looking for a 3rd grader. I just don’t want my child having a long stretch without regular math lessons- any thoughts? Thanks and I have learned so much from this and of course makes me think- maybe I should try this or that!

  5. Resources for both Plan A and Plan B are in my blog link above.
    Gillian’s latest post: First Week of Vacation Wrap-up

  6. I have enjoyed reading all the different ideas! I have twin girls, age 3, and we are starting out pre-k this year (I was going to wait one more year, but dd asked for \”mommy to tell her the letters\” so we are starting now lol). This is our first venture into homeschooling and I am so excited! I teach in a PS and so I am planning on beginning this summer, then continuing in the fall with evening lessons after I get home from work. For the summer I am doing a letter of the week using lessons I used when I taught pre-k a couple of years ago, enrolling in the summer reading program at our local library (and creating a book worm display at home to log our read alouds), exploring numbers through games, calendar activities, and play, exploring animals through read a louds, zoo visits, and back yard observations, and learning patriotic songs and some general information about the flag. I have a couple of Kumon books I picked up too for some general pre-k skills that I will throw in here and there. The girls will also continue with their gymnastics lessons – they love tumbling! In the fall I plan on continuing with the letter of the week (as there are not enough weeks in the summer to get to all the letters :) ) and adding in some sight word recognition and cvc word decoding. Pretty much everything else will stay the same. Our science/social studies lessons will change based on seasons of course, and be focused on exploration and exposure to new concepts. A lot of what I plan on using is based on things I have picked up over the last 9 years as a teacher – I have been squirreling things away to use for homeschooling :) Some things I have made or copied from other teachers, others are from various publishers that I piece together as I need.

  7. Susanna says:

    My second grader and I are very excited to jump into Year 2 of Living Books Curriculum– http://www.livingbookscurriculum.com ! We will supplement with All About Spelling and Prima Latina.
    Teaching Textbooks 3 is my math plan…. still not sure…
    My 4yo will be enjoying the hands on learning and fun from Timberdoodle’s complete K package.
    Very. Excited. :)

  8. I only have my list up for the little ones, but here it is:

    Michelle’s latest post: Homeschool Postcards States

  9. This will be my first official curriculum year as my son will be starting kindergarten. We’ll use Math U See, Phonics for Reading and Spelling. We will also spend on day a week at Classsical Conversations (and do the memory work throughout the week). My son also does karate and swimming and will do some enrichment classes – art, music, Spanish – one day a week at a local Christian school.
    Lynette’s latest post: Resurrection Day 2011

  10. We are getting so excited to start school and we just finished 😉
    Lisa’s latest post: Our 2011-2012 Tentative Curriculum List

  11. Getting my stuff posted later than I’d hoped but finally have it going! :) Doing curriculum reviews/plans this week…have two days out of five up so far: http://amandaprobst.squarespace.com/

  12. Christi says:

    Just found this blog and I’m excited to start following it. We’ll be using Saxon Math, Vertias Press History, and from Peace Hill Press: The Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading, First Language Lessons and Writing with Ease. We’ll be part of a Classical Conversations community in the fall also. Already excited about the fall!

  13. We will continue to use Time4Learning as our core curriculum. I think that the two things we will add new when we start sixth grade is a writing course fromTime4Writing because apparently I have no patience for teaching writing and Story of the World for history.
    I have enjoyed reading others choices for the coming school year. It is always good to get new ideas.

  14. History/Bible: Using My Father’s World 1st grade and Creation to Greeks. I am also using some of “Mystery of History”, vol 1, & “The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World”, along with this (my son LOVES history).
    Science: MFW CTG (Genesis for Kids, Dinosaurs of Eden, Pyramids, Archimedes & the Door of Science), and using “Science in the Creation Week”, D. Unfred & Usborne “Things Outdoors”, “Science with Water” & “Science with Plants”
    Math: We are using Singapore Math & the Complete Book of Math, plus we are doing a math club with my kids, which I am creating myself using the wonderful online resources available!
    Language Arts: Writing Strands and we have Rod & Staff 5, but if we are able would like to try First Language Lessons this year. (Still trying to round up the extra cash)
    Art: “Drawing with Children” by Mona Brookes & “God and the History of Art”
    P.E.: “The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book”, plus participation in family exercise and local youth sports association
    Music: Study of classical music

  15. Our homeschool curriculum plan is on our blog for the upcoming year. :)
    I’m looking forward to teaching K, 2ne, 6th, and 9th grades. We’re planning to learn together as much as we are able and to work on service projects as a family throughout the year using activities recommended by Keepers of the Faith.
    Dusti’s latest post: {camping}

  16. We’re in our second week of school and so far we are so thrilled with our curriculum choices this year! I am schooling a 6 year old (mostly 1st grade work), a 4 yo (preschool mostly 3 days a week), a 2yo (who does preschool too when she wants) and an 8mo.

    I wrote a detailed post with our curriculum choices here: http://www.mamaslearningcorner.com/2011/07/mamas-2011-2012-curriculum-choices/

    Can’t wait to read the other comments! I’m always looking for new ideas.

  17. I am in my sixth year of homeschool and I have four children. we use
    sixth Grade

    Bible – Explorer’s Bible Study Discovery series In The Beginning Genesis
    Math – Teaching Textbooks Math and Evan Moor Daily Word Problems
    Language – Saxon Grammer and Writing 6
    Literature – various novels with a weekly co op class
    Writing – (creative) Apologia Jump In
    Vocabulary – Wordly Wise
    Critical Thinking – Building Thinking Skills Level 2 & Mind Benders A3
    Spelling = Spelling Workout
    History – Notgrass America the Beautiful
    Science – Apologia Zoology 3

    third Grade
    Bible – Explorer’s Bible Study Beginnings II series God’s Promises
    Language – A Beka Language
    Spelling and Poetry – A Beka
    Reading – A Beka
    Handwriting – A Beka
    Arithmetic – Teaching Textbooks 3 and Evan Moor Daily Word Problems
    Geography – weekly co op class
    History, Science, and Health – A Beka

    Bible – The Early Readers’s Bible & The Beginners Bible
    Phonics and Reading – The Reading Lesson and Now I’m Reading level 1…..worksheets to compliment printed off internet
    Handwriting – Handwriting Without Tears
    Math – Bob Jones
    Science – Stepping into Science (kit)
    History – Beginning Geography and Beginner’s World Atlas
    Art – Co Op class once a week

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