Twelve years of homeschooling, and at LEAST 12– times 10– different curriculum decisions I have made over the years. When I think about how many math, science, spelling, reading, history, and unit study programs we have considered or tried, ditched or kept, it just boggles my mind. This year I didn’t have too many tough decisions to make, for once. I think that after this long, we are finally getting into a groove, we know what we like, and we just do it. Most summers, my family have seen me with my nose constantly stuck in the Rainbow Resources catalog, a spiral notebook and a pen in hand, painstakingly making my decisions and lists. And it took the whole summer. Not this year. I have the whole thing in my head, which is REALLY weird, for me! So I’ll share with you, complete with links 🙂
An Old Fashioned Education, Year 3: We’re using most, but not ALL of it. This curriculum is totally free and available online. The program uses high quality, out of print children’s literature and textbooks. We used Year 2 last year and we loved it. You can download all of the Year Three books (and others too) in PDF format at my 4Shared Library. OFE will cover our history, literature, geography, and nature studies reading. The only alteration I am making in the lesson plans is that I am going to tackle the history in trimesters: Egypt, Greece, & Rome. Simply Charlotte Mason has their curriculum modules 1-3 tied to this same time period, and Bible chapters are tied in also. This is IDEAL for us, so I will follow their recommendations for Bible study along with each era. I am also planning on using their ebook, Letters from Egypt, because literature about Egypt is rather scarce even within OFE’s program. We will also be using History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations for our notebooks.
Shurley English Level 2– We will begin some grammar study this year, and I love Shurley’s methods. We will probably skip most of the writing, because it is tedious and my older son will not be able to handle it. We will do the exercises orally, using a whiteboard. This is how I did it with G, P & J when they were younger too, back when it was called Shurley Grammar.
The WISE Guide for Spelling, along with Teaching Reading at Home, both by Wanda Sanseri. If you look on their website you will not see this particular title, as it has been rewritten and retitled Spell to Write and Read. It is essentially the same program, and I have used this reading and spelling program to teach all 5 of our children to read and spell.
In addition to The WISE Guide, we also use SpellingCity.com to help the boys practice their spelling words. This year we will also use their handwriting feature, so that their spelling list will print out as a handwriting practice page also. You just need to sign up for a teacher’s account, and then you can enter all of your students’ spelling lists for the entire year even, and use them as needed. My boys even take their spelling tests on Spelling City, and it grades them and they print out their results with the score and it shows them their errors too. We love Spelling City!
Math U See. The boys have just a few lessons each to finish up in Alpha & Beta, and we will move on to Beta & Gamma. D1 is excited to be in Gamma, as I have had his books for several months now. MUS is another program we found fairly early in our homeschooling, and have pretty much stuck with it for the duration. Steve Demme’s methods are fantastic, and my boys really enjoy his lessons as well as working in their books and using the blocks.
Happy Scribe Classical History copybooks. I love these! We haven’t yet had the chance to use them and I’ve had them for a couple of years. This year, since we are covering Ancient history again, we’re gonna do it! 😀
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