It’s August 1st. The start of our homeschooling year is looming. I am so excited. Before the start of every homeschool school year, I love talking to friends about their new curriculum. This year, as always, we are adding some new things to our coursework.
In the past, we’ve read the Bible by chapters, used The Bible in Felt (by Betty Lukens) stories, or streamed audio episodes of Adventures in Odyssey. This year everyone will have their own devotional book to start each homeschool day. It will be exciting to see my three girls own their relationships with Jesus. For my youngest, a fifth grader, I ordered Adventures in Odyssey, 90 Devotions for Kids. I might read it myself each day before I wake her up. I still love listening to Adventures in Odyssey on the radio while I’m doing the dishes at night.
My 5th and 8th grader will be doing Considering God’s Creation (by Eagle’s Wings), a creative biblical approach to natural science. Years ago I used Considering God’s Creation with my older children. I like it because it spans across many grade levels, and the children get to create their own notebooks. The songs on the CD are hilarious too, and great for memorizing scientific facts.
We’re going to expand the multigrade theme with our World History books. Around the World in 180 Days (by Sherrie Payne) is a multigrade course for world history, geography, and cultures. The study is divided by continents. Four continents are studied in the first semester, and three are studied in the second semester. I like it because each continental study is divided into daily, easily digestible bites.
After testing last year I noticed some grammar gaps. So, this year we are adding Daily Grams (by Wanda Phillips) to our Language Arts Curriculum. Each day the student completes one page containing capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence combining. Over two decades ago, when I taught in the public schools, our entire school started each day with Daily Grams. It is practical, without being overwhelming. One thing I love about these workbooks is that the answers for each day are included in the back. There is no need to buy a separate teacher’s manual.
The last new thing we are trying is A Reason for Handwriting, and A Reason for Spelling (Sonlight). My two younger girls could use some brushing up in both areas. This curriculum strives to make lessons relevant with bible verses and scripture memory. I have not yet received these in the mail, but my hopes are high.
If you are homeschooling this year, I pray that God will bless your efforts.
23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3: 23-24
If you’ve found curriculum that you’re excited about this year I’d love to hear from you!