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 is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.


  1. I am really enjoyed reading the Curriculum Fair posts. Here are our plans for first grade:

    Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith’s latest post: Gathering experiences rather than  “stuff”

  2. Here are my plans for my kids for next year – 1st, 5th, & 6th grades:

    Angie @ Many Little Blessings’s latest post: Many Little Blessings- May 2011 Recap

  3. I’m planning on using My Father’s World for Kindergarten with my 5 year old daughter in the fall. I’m looking into reading curricula for fhe summer and fall – not 100 Easy Lessons, maybe something else? Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading…? We’ll see….

    • Erin I’m doing MFW K with my 5 year old and will be using Ordinary Parents and Explode the Code for phonics. My son loves doing the worksheets and have really progressed with his CVC words using Ordinary Parents.
      LaToya’s latest post: Summer Vacation

      • Thanks for letting me know that you’re enjoying Ordinary Parents. I was hoping that 100 Easy Lessons would work, but my girl does not like it and I figure at 4-5 years old, I want to make learning to read fun. I’ve held off on doing it since she started to not want to do it. But, reading is super important and I want to try something else. Thanks for your feedback!

        • My son didn’t care for 100 Easy Lessons either. He does well with Ordinary Parents. We have sandpaper letters and I use the word family inserts from Education Cubes to make it a little more fun and he LOVES it.

          Good luck! You are right that its so important to read that it needs to be as enjoyable as possible for them and us.
          LaToya’s latest post: Summer Vacation

    • I would also rec. looking into McRuffy, maybe it’s more formal than you desire, but it looks like a solid program that I plan on using with my 1st grader next year.

    • I would wholeheartedly recommend Ordinary Parent’s Guide. I used it with my daughter who just finished Kindergarten and will be using it (going very slowly) with our 3.5 year old this fall. In my experience it is excellent, but if you have a younger child you may need to go more slowly that one lesson a day. We would just do a lesson for as many days as it took for mastery…one of the lovely things about homeschool : ) Happy reading!
      Paula’s latest post: Homeschool Curriculum- What We Love

  4. Here is a link to my blogpost outlining our language arts studies for 1st, 4th, and 7th grades:

  5. It has been great reading all the snippets and about the amazing products that are out there… we are Sonlight fans through and through and I blogged about the Instructors Guides… http://www.se7en.org.za/2011/06/03/so-whats-inside-a-sonlight-instructors-guide

  6. Here’s a link to my post on curriculum choices for next year. This will be for 3rd and 6th grade.

    Rachel E.’s latest post: Curriculum for 2011-12

  7. Here are our K5 plans for the fall. I’m preparing for a leap into the classical education curriculum Tapestry of Grace in first grade (a year from this fall). Check out what we are using here: http://growingngrace.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/curriculum-wrap-up-for-2011-2012/
    Tracy’s latest post: Prayer Tips for Young Moms and Other Busy Women

  8. Next year, we will be using Christian Light Education and Apologia! :o)
    Katy~TheCountryBlossom’s latest post: The Fawn

  9. Lindsay Sledge says:

    Next year will be my first homeschooling year with my 7 year old daughter. I have been reading and praying about homeschooling since she was a newborn. I’m excited to finally be doing it after years of doubting. I decided to go with the package kit from Sonlight. I do love their philosophy. After laying out all our plans I realized that if stick to the curriculum all the way I will be missing out on some of the things I really wanted to share with dd. So I’m going to incorporate many of my own books and ideas and basically just try to remember why I wanted to homeschool in the first place when I get boggled down with all the expectations I have.

  10. Here are our current adventures with 2011 curriculum – we are halfway through our homeschool year in Australia. We use Michael Clay Thompson and Life of Fred amongst others that you can read about in my blog…

  11. My 5 year old with be doing My Father’s World K, Handwriting without Tears K, Explode the Code 1, 1.5 along with exercises from Ordinary Parents Guide and Saxon K for some math (his favorite subject I think next to reading)

    My soon to be 3 year old with be doing activities from Before Five in a Row and letter activities from Confession’s of a Homeschooler’s Letter of the Week curriculum.

    And we are going to be doing weekly science experience and art projects with some friends in a mini, unofficial co-op.
    LaToya’s latest post: Summer Vacation

  12. I use some of this and some of that- and I keep it frugal. As a blogger I’ve received some of what I wanted for FREE in exchange to review it 😉 this past yr and some of that was… Math Mammoth for 1st grade ( and I liked enough to BUY my 2nd grade math for next yr), ClicknKids phonics and spelling (online)- we get it free as long as I review and keep a link on Facebook page for them, I also use my swagbucks to earn Amazon egift cards so I can save money on purchase expensive stuff like Story of the World and Veritas Press History Cards for next yr.

    Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms’s latest post: Healthy Snacking on the Go! Sargento Cheese Fridge Packs

  13. Here are our plans for a 2nd grader, Kindergartener, pre K and a busy 1-year old as of this fall:


    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series. Thank you!
    stephanie’s latest post: 2011-2012 Homeschool Plans

  14. We just made an out-of-state move, and have chosen not to enroll in preschool in our new city in anticipation of homeschooling in a couple of years. Might as well get used to having them with me full time. 😀 So, we are preschooling this year, with my kids who all have birthdays later this month. They will be 4, 3, and 3 (twins). We plan to start in the fall with the Sonlight P3/4 read alouds and some relaxed work in Kumon first steps workbooks (coloring, folding, cutting, pasting). In January (at 3.5 and 4.5), I plan to add All About Reading and Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K. We’re excited!

    • Your family sounds a bit like ours, Erin, with three so close together like that! Makes for an exciting life, for sure!! 😉

      You’ll love the Sonlight P3/4 – so fun!

      • Yep! That’s one of the reasons I like reading your blog–it encourages me that if you can homeschool and being an intentional professional mommy with three kids who are more or less the same age & stage, then I can too! We also have both bio and adopted kiddos. My oldest was adopted through the foster care system and my twins were conceived when he was just 4 months old. An exciting life for sure!

  15. Kristin says:

    I will have a 1st grader, 4th grader and a 4 year old this year. The 4 year old will be doing Rod and Staff’s preschool workbooks, as well as some phonics (probably a combo of Starfall, Leapfrog DVD’s, and 100 Easy Lessons). First grader will be finishing up 100 easy lessons (we took it way easy this year), Math U See, and Explode the Code. My 4th grader will be doing Math U See Delta, Apologia Astronomy, Sequential Spelling, Story of the World 3, and I feel like I’m forgetting something. 🙂 I’m a little confused about language arts, so we are kind of trying things out. We’re starting out with Karen Andreola’s book (Simply Grammer?…I’m not sure), then when that is finished we will be using First Language Lessons. I also bought Easy Grammer, so we’ll see how things go! I feel like I might need a little more hand holding for writing (my least favorite subject), but haven’t found anything so far.

    • We have done Apologia Astronomy twice (with two different children) and it is my favorite in the series! Hope you enjoy!

  16. I’m still working on what we will do for next yr but in addition to the Math Mammoth I mentioned above and ClicknKids we will be using Rod &Staff Readers, and Natural Speller, Story of the World and Explode the Code. I don’t necessarily follow any of the “guides: how to”. I incorporate the subjects as I wish so we don’t use all of the work books, etc..
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  17. Melanie Rudd says:

    I will have a 4th and 10th grader this year! My 9 year old daughter will be using The Prairie Primer, Story of the World, Apologia Zoology 3, Italics handwriting, copywork for Girls, Dance Mat Typing and Math-U-See Gamma,and lots of great books and narrations for literature. We also have All About Spelling, which we use sporadically.

    I love the Charlotte Mason method and believe that most children pick up great spelling and grammar skills through reading good literature. This has definitely been true for my older son, who had a bit of spelling in 2nd grade before I settled into our method of education. He is a great speller and writes very well. However, I am working him through some more formal grammar now that he is older to make sure he’s prepared for the SAT.

    My 15 year old son will be using Saxon Algebra 2, Apologia Chemistry, Truthquest Age of Revolution 2, The Institute for Excellence in Writing, Tell Me More Spanish, lots of classics and narration for literature, and Easy Grammar Plus along with Jensens’s Grammar. We also have tons of electives that he is slowly working his way through and he is preparing for the PSAT.

  18. For kindergarten the plan is:
    Reading: Ordinary Parent’s Guide, BOB books (and other early readers), and Explode the Code A, B, and C (I’d rather move quickly through those three books rather than jump into book 1 and it be too far ahead.)
    Math: Saxon 1
    Handwriting: Zaner-Bloser Kindergarten
    Bible: Continue family devotions and weekly scripture memorization
    Everything else: Five in a Row
    And LOTS of read-alouds. We’re compiling our list with help from Honey for a Child’s Heart, How to Raise a Reader, The Read Aloud Handbook, and the list found here http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000-primary.html.

  19. Cool! I’m looking forward to reading about what others are planning 🙂

    Here are our plans for fourth grade and kindergarten (and a little bit of preK) next year: http://www.rockingranola.com/2011/06/planning-for-next-year-fourth-grade-and.html
    Kara @Simple Kids’s latest post: Rhythm of the Home- An Interview with Kara Fleck of Simple Living Media

  20. We’re heading into our second year of homeschooling–next year with a 1st and 3rd grader. This year’s Memoria Press pre-packaged classical curriculum with lesson plans worked so well for us we’re doing it again for the next grade levels. I’m excited about 3rd grade–we’re adding subjects like astronomy and Greek mythology. I don’t know anything about these fields so I’m excited to get my own education!

    We’re adding Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World for history.
    Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy’s latest post: Revisiting Rilla of Ingleside

  21. I haven’t blogged about Noah’s curriculum for this year yet, but will be doing so soon. We started using the Well-Trained Mind a few months ago (well, started using it consistently) and we really like it. For those who don’t know, Noah is 9 1/2, is nonverbal and has severe autism and mild cerebral palsy. So his lessons have to be refined and they do go at a slower place. We are really concentrating on getting him to spell by pointing to letters on a letterboard and will try to introduce handwriting this year. Will be hard because he can’t hold a pencil, but that’s our goal. So, Story of the World I, Language Lessons A, Science according to the Well-Trained Mind, LOTS of reading out loud and spelling words to him as we read. Math is really hard for me b/c it’s my least favorite subject and Noah’s favorite. Last year, we just did all the math homework that my 1st grade brought home with him from public school. Will probably do the same this year. And because I firmly believe that Noah is a typical 9 year old trapped in a body that fails him, and because I firmly believe that he hears and understands everything that goes on around him, we read a lot of age-appropriate books and do a lot of audio books in the car and story CD’s while travelling to various therapies… Jim Weiss is our favorite. We also supplement his school work with BrainGym exercises and lifeskills work… like working with him on learning to dress himself, brush his teeth, empty the dishwasher, put clothes from the washer to the dryer. It’s hard and exhausting but seeing his progress is so worth it!


    • Leslie, it is SO good to hear from you!

      Blessings on all of you this year – wish we could get these girls of ours together. Maybe one day?!

      • I love hearing from parents whose children need adaptations to curriculum who are homeschooling! I got my masters in special education and as much as I love love loved my work I think 1:1 time is so important for all students, but especially my students. Who better to give that time than the one who loves them most?

        I also love all the age appropriate reading you are doing. My “someday” dream is to write easily phonetically de-codable books that are age appropriate for middle/high schoolers.

        Nice work mama!
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  22. This is our plan for the 2011-2012 school year!


  23. Our older two have graduated from homeschool. Our daughter graduated from college this year with a BSN in Nursing. Our middle son is a junior in college and our baby will be in fourth grade this fall. We’ve tried many things over the years, but I’ve summed it up here:

    Southern Gal’s latest post: Lilies

  24. Here are my plans for my boys (K, 2nd, and 4th):

    I reviewed our language arts materials in depth here:
    Heidi @ Mt Hope’s latest post: While Mom’s Away the Boys Will Play

  25. Here is our plan for the upcoming year! Thanks for the invites and all the great ideas! – http://declareduntohim.blogspot.com/2011/05/2011-2012-curriculum-fair-final-plan.html

    Andi’s latest post: The Homeschool Mothers Journal- 3

  26. We have been homeschooling for 19 years now! EEEEKKK! That just slipped out, sorry. 🙂 Over the years, we have tried many different things. We have settled on a group of resources that work well for our children.
    I Live in an Antbed’s latest post: Even Dogs Can Skype

  27. We have a 2,4 and7 year old . I plan on learning math through hands on experiences like baking, cooking, money management and games(yhatzee etc). Science will be mostly outdoor explorations and nature journalling plus experiments.Lots of reading , writing letters stories and poems, playing scrabble, arts and crafts,,) theme nights for different countries and a few extracurricular activities. Obviously this just scratches the surface but you can see the idea!

  28. Found your site by stumbling. Very few stumbles result in a follow but I think you shall! Here are a couple of curriculum posts I blogged about a year ago.



  29. love love love to look at everyone’s plans. so many great ideas…and not in that guilt-inducing “i should be doing something different, something MORE” way. it’s just nice to see that this homeschooling journey can take us so many places!

    here are a few resources we are using with our 4 year old and two year old!

    kort’s latest post: what to do if your unschooling preschooler falls in love with worksheets

  30. We will be homeschooling for the first time this fall. I have three children ages 10,7, & 4. My four year old will be going to a small 4 day/week preschool while I homeschool my 10 & 7 yo. I may begin homeschooling him in kindergarten. I’m going to see how this first year goes. 🙂

    We will using the classical education model. I’m gathering many of my resources from The Well Trained Mind. I do not have all the curriculm set in stone yet. I do know we will be using Saxon Math and Susan Wise Bauers SOTW for history.

    Again, thank you for this series. It has been so helpful to read everyones advice and suggesstions.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Sara S’s latest post: Trial and error with chocolate

  31. I have really enjoyed reading these posts! It would be easier to navigate with a Mr. Linky.

    Here is my curriculum post for my 7 year old:

    Amy-Cutting Coupons in KC’s latest post: Connors Curriculum for Next Year

  32. We are going to be entering our 2nd year with Sonlight. My girls are going into grade 6 & 4. Sonlight was a wonderful experience for us this year. We will use Teaching Textbooks, Wordly Wise, Apologia Zoology, and Canadian supplementation to round out the year.

  33. We will be using Heart of Dakota Bigger Hearts for His Glory for my 3rd and 6th grader next year, along with the Essentials of the English Language program from Classical Conversations for my older. Also some Apologia Human Anatomy and Singapore Math for my littler and Life of Fred Math for the older. Love looking at these posts!
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  34. Does anyone have any Language Arts suggestions for a 7 year old, very active little boy? He is a very visual, hands-on learner and he is an advanced reader (reads simple chapter books like The Magic Treehouse on his own). I could really use some suggestions!

    Amy-Cutting Coupons in KC’s latest post: Connors Curriculum for Next Year

  35. We use (and will continue using) one of your sponsors- Oak Meadow. So far I’ve used it for my daughter for 4th grade and 5th grade, and in the fall I will be moving on to Oak Meadow 6 for her, along with Oak Meadow K for my son. I really love Oak Meadow- the way it’s more gentle in the early years, and still manages to be more creative and hands on in the later years, the way it integrates so many different subjects using living books and craft projects and recipes and literature and choices of interesting writing assignments and so on. I have a pretty detailed review of Oak Meadow on my blog if anyone wants to take a peek, the review can be found here: http://nancextoo.livejournal.com/124071.html

    …with that said, there is one subject I don’t use Oak Meadow for from 5th grade on, and that is math. For 5th grade math we used Teaching Textbooks and I loved it so much, that I bought it for 6th grade, too. It has helped my daughter LIKE math, stop feeling like she’s BAD at math, has built up so much confidence in her… AND her standardized test scores were very good this year for math! I have a review of that up, as well, and it can be read at: http://nancextoo.livejournal.com/124221.html

  36. We use a mostly Classical curriculum with some Charlotte Mason influence with our soon-to-be first grader (and her 3 yr old sister and 8 month old brother reap the benefits, too : ) Here are some of the curricula we love:
    Paula’s latest post: Homeschool Curriculum- What We Love

  37. We are eclectic relaxed leaning homeschoolers who adore Charlotte Mason. This is the beginning of our 2nd year. We will have 4, 5 and 8 graders. (Yikes, 1 more year before High School!!!)

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  38. I love reading other family’s plans for their curriculum – it gives me great ideas. Here is what we’re following for next year:

    Kim Monaco’s latest post: Curriculum Plan for 2011-2012

  39. I’m an eclectic schooler with 4th, 2nd, K and baby.

  40. Stephanie Fallon says:

    For our 6 year old (first grade) we are using Five in a Row, Kumon math and Bob books. Can’t wait for the new school year to begin.

  41. We are using My Father’s World, First Grade for my 5-yr-old. I will probably be adding in a few things, but mainly sticking to the boxed curriculum. That’s the plan so far anyway, guess we’ll see! This is my first time using a boxed curriculum, but having gone through it and planning it out, it looks great! Just have to see it in action!
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  42. Here’s what we are hoping to do next year, both middle school and grade school.


    I also have a tab on the top of the blog with all of our current curricula and reviews.

  43. Thanks for running this series. I enjoyed reading through the various materials lists that were posted. It was helpful to see the philosophical influences at the beginning of each post (smart thinking!).

    I am influenced by Charlotte Mason with some Classical thrown in as well. I posted what we used for 1st and 3rd grades here: http://thoughts-of-home.blogspot.com/2011/06/education-book-lists-and-looking-back.html

  44. I love Simple Homeschool and have really enjoyed the Curriculum Fair! Next year will be our first year homeschooling all of our school age kids. We will have a 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grader and three under 3 years. We are going to use Christian Light Education for math, language, and reading with the 8th grader using Math Without Borders for algebra. They will all use Apologia, Human Anatomy for littles and General Science and Physical Science for the biggies. We will all do All About Spelling and Beautiful Feet for history. Foundations 1 by Ann Elliott will be our Bible. Oh, and Writing with Ease and Wordsmith. I am so excited to get started and see how the year goes!

  45. We will be using Math U See for my preschooler and 1st grader – they both LOVE math and this program just resonates with their learning styles. They love the humor and rhyms, and short assignments that leave lots of time for playing with the manipulative blocks. We will also be using handwriting without tears. We’re finishing up 100 Easy Lessons (that drug on for 2 years!) and I don’t know what to use next, any suggestions? I do a lot of reading to them so I’m not sure if a formal curriculum is needed or not? We also will make our way, slowly through, A Child’s Geography – we did two chapters these last few months and enjoyed it a lot! The rest (poetry/art/science/nature journals/writing) we’ll integrate using lap books with great science experiments and field trips. I would like to use Song School Latin in the Spring and Shurley English with my 1st grader, but that may be pushing him into too much seat work. We’ll see how the ebbs and flows of 1st grade jive with my busy busy boys!
    Melissa’s latest post: Do You Struggle With Reading Your Bible Part 2

  46. Thanks for the Fair! It actually encouraged me to write a blog post about what I had planned…. I really can’t wait to get started! If you decide to come over and check out my list… please feel free to add any opinions in the comments. I like to have a good idea about the pluses and minuses for each curriculum!

  47. I am definitely sticking with Sonlight. I switched to Right Start Math and it is incredible – so i will definitely continue with that as well!
    Leslie’s latest post: Weekend Reading

  48. I’ve been dabbling in some preschool/K curricula and little learning-at-home routines this year with my eager learner, about to turn 4… She’s been in a morning only T/Th program at our church while I work, but that finishes in two weeks. And with the baby coming, I’ll keep them both at home next year, arranging for a little in-home care during my working hours. So excited to really jump into homeschooling now! Here are my plans… http://www.purpleforparenting.net/2011/06/two-weeks-until-preschool-graduation/

  49. 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!

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

  51. 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.

  52. 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!

  53. Resources for both Plan A and Plan B are in my blog link above.
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  54. 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.

  55. 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. 🙂

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

    Michelle’s latest post: Homeschool Postcards States

  57. 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.
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  58. We are getting so excited to start school and we just finished 😉
    Lisa’s latest post: Our 2011-2012 Tentative Curriculum List

  59. 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/

  60. 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!

  61. 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.

  62. 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

  63. 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}

  64. 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.

  65. 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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