It is that time again. I order our curriculum shortly before Spring starts. It has just worked for us. So for this upcoming year, we are adding a few things and switched on another few things.
As a recap:
We are using LifePac for Math and Language Arts, Classic Start Readers for our Read Alouds, various history books on Pre-Colonial America, Expedition Earth from Confessions of a Homeschooler for Geography and science experiments when we can. The kids also had to do Spelling City and would draw 3 times a week.
This upcoming year we are using:
We will continue doing our lapbook and reading books on Colonial America through the Civil War. Mr. A and LB will being that. Hud and Lil Miss will just play and listen.
We will focus on these four books at the beginning of our school day. I grew up with these and they give a good basis of the scriptures that we study in church. These books can be found at Deseret Book. I haven’t decided if they will write a daily journal of scripture verses yet or not. I need to see how the rest of the year goes.
Both boys will be doing LifePac Math again. This has just really clicked with both boys and feel that, at least for my oldest, this will be what he uses for a few more years. I may try Teaching Textbooks with LB just because he likes to teach himself and is very much an independent learner.
For my youngest, Hud will be using the Pre-K curriculum offered by Confessions of a Homeschooler. He likes it and Lil Miss jumps in when she can. I debated whether or not to do an official K program with him but he won’t be 5 when we start and I feel we can get so much more with more hands on approach than with a structured curriculum.
We went away from a handwriting program this year and I regret that. LifePac Language Arts and their handwriting sections just confuse Mr. A. So we are back to Handwriting Without Tears. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until we didn’t use it. It’ll work great for LB because his handwriting is atrocious.
Hud will learn more this year as I will be pushing writing on him a little bit more.
I decided to go with Apologia’s Anatomy and Physiology science this year. The kids have been expressing a lot of detailed interest into the way a body works and figured I should capitalize on it. These aren’t the junior notebooking books but figured Mr. A can do it just fine. I will just cross off what LB can’t do just yet. We also have the box of consumables to go with the curriculum. This is by far the thing I’m most excited about.
Spelling City didn’t go over too well with my kids. I used their spelling lists from their LifePac’s and it just didn’t work. Both will do Sequential Spelling 1 and we will go from there.
We aren’t using LifePac Language Arts this year. We decided to go with Easy Grammar. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews and like, so far, how it breaks it down. English is such a confusing language with so many rules and exceptions. I feel this should help clear some of it up. Both boys will be doing their respective grade levels.
We will read these books and some others. Along with them, we will do lapbooks from Confessions of a Homeschooler. We loved her lapbooks this year and can’t wait to continue with them.
We will also do geography from Confessions of a Homeschooler. My kids loved her Expedition Earth so we will now go with Road Trip USA. I can’t wait.
We are going to be so busy this year but I’m looking forward to it. I love planning it out and learning new things with them. I love seeing them “get it” and really understand it. We may add in a foreign language but that is still up for debate. Either way, I think the kids will be very happy this year.
Questions? Ask away.