Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2013-2014 Curriculum

Our curriculum choices for 2013-2014 
Tera- 7th Grade
Daniel- 6th Grade
Michael- Preschool


Tera- Saxon Algebra 1/2
Daniel- Saxon 7/6

Language Arts:

Tera- Spelling Power
Easy Grammar Plus

Daniel- Spelling Power
Daily Grams
A Reason for Handwriting D
(He needs to finish last year's book and then we are switching to some free cursive handwriting printable)

I'm still trying to figure out how I want to do "reading" this year.  My kids are avid readers, so I'm not worried they "won't" read.  I just need to come up with my approach for the year.  


  My Faith (Nazarene catechism curriculum)


Tera-  Exploring Creation with General Science with Notebooking 
(This is doubling as her handwriting this year)

Daniel-  God's Design for Science- Inventions and Technology
Various astronomy resources

Foreign Language:
Spanish for You! Estaciones
Visual Latin


America From the Beginning

Tera asked to study American History chronologically this year.  This is a new curriculum designed for grades 3-8.  It has everything I'd want in a history curriculum.  Readings with comprehension questions, timeline, map work, hands-on activities.  She is really excited about this one! 


  • Art lessons at a local studio (2- 6 week sessions)
  • Private music lessons (Tera- piano; Daniel-flute)
  • Art and Music projects directed by yours truly
  • Web Design Programming curriculum
  • Swim lessons (6 weeks each semester)


Michael is starting his second year of preschool.  We have already been working through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, so we'll finish that probably before Christmas.  

His weeks/days are broken down very easily:
  • Reading lesson
  • Song of the week from Do You Know the Muffin Man?
  • Bible story of the week with activities from pinterest
  • Book of the week with activities and crafts from pinterest 
We read to him, play with him, and play some more.  He begs to do "activities", so I definitely have to have things planned for him.  He's starting taking a phonics notebook that a neighbor gave us to bed every night.  He sits there in bed sounding out words, driving Daniel crazy!

I'm sure we'll tweak things as we go through the year, but that's the great thing about home schooling.  

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  1. We use Saxon math too and will be using Algebra 1/2 as well. I love all the extras planned too. I was just stopping over from the iHN hop.

    1. Christy,

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great year!

  2. Your plan looks good; we even have a few similar things planned! I've had the hardest time finding a flute teacher who will work with our schedule as homeschoolers. Frustrating.

    1. Jamie,

      We are blessed to live in a area with lots of other homeschoolers. So, our teacher was very used to working with that population. I think she was even a pioneer homeschooler in this area. True blessing. Hope you find just the right teacher for your schedule! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. We are big fans of Saxon math, Easy Grammar and the upper level Apologia Science series. It's going to be a great year!
    Those little guys are such fun to have around - helps keep a healthy perspective on life.

    1. Linda,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment! My little guy always keeps me on my toes, that's for sure. Hope you have a great year!

  4. May I ask you a quick question. (I love your line up by the way)...Are you going into Algebra 1/2 after 7/6? My son was in 7th last year and we did 7/6 because we had it. It was mostly review...but it was so different than what he'd used, it was quite a change. This year, I'm deciding whether to do 8/7 or 1/2. Thanks in advance and have a terrific school year!

    1. We actually did 8/7 last year before going into 1/2 this year. My daughter had a few struggles, so I really wanted to cement the basics before moving on. I have heard that with the newer editions that you can go straight from 7/6 into 1/2 or do 8/7 and skip 1/2. I guess it would depend upon how well you thought he did with 7/6. We've been in 1/2 for a couple of weeks and it's all review so far. Hope that helped! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great year as well.



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