Back in July, I posted our curriculum choices for the school year. Typically as our school year begins, I tweak and change my choices a bit. This year, however, I did a lot more than tweak. I changed things up mid-year as I never have before.
The first change we made was the switch from My Father’s World and History Revealed to Biblioplan, which I reviewed last week.
The second change is that, for personal reasons, we are trying to get away from computer based school as much as we can. Instead, we are opting to use books or DVDs as much as possible. This means that (with very few exceptions) I am not using Easy Peasy’s All in One Home School or All in One High School, which I had previously planned to use pretty heavily. Secondly, it means switching a few kids from Teaching Textbooks to the DVD-based Math U See.
I must say, I love, LOVE, LOVE all of the changes! The new curriculum choices seem to resonate so well with everyone, previous road blocks in learning are being plowed through, and our days are running much more smoothly! I have a suspicion that I will stick with a similar plan for years to come.
Since homeschool convention season is coming up, I thought it might be nice to give a curriculum update to share what our homeschool consists of right now.
In the plans below, my children are divided into three age groups:
- Older: Timothy (11th), Olivia (9th)
- Middle: Young Mike (7th), Chelle (5th)
- Younger: William (3rd), Samuel (1st)
I also have three little ones tagging along. Joseph (5), Faith (3), and Joy (1) are not officially in homeschool yet, but they join us for a lot of read-alouds, and do a lot of learning!
Since Biblioplan is only scheduled three days a week, the kids read of their own choosing on the days that none are assigned. Some are currently working through the Psalms, while others are in the Gospel of John, etc.
We also do various family devotions every night. We just finished going through Proverbs recently, and are now working our way through 1 Corinthians.
Occasionally, we do studies from Right Now Media.
All: Literature Selections from Biblioplan
Older: The Power in Your Hands by Sharon Watson
Chelle: Junior Analytical Grammar, Biblioplan Writing Assignments
Olivia, William: Teaching Textbooks
Timothy, Young Mike, Chelle: Math U See
All: Biblioplan Ancient History
Younger, Chelle: Science in the Beginning (<– LOVE THIS!)
Older, Middle: Duolingo (most study Spanish)
Younger: Usbourne’s First Thousand Words books (Spanish and German)
All: 3x weekly or more, choose from:
- English Country and Swing Dance lessons
- Plain old family dancing (as in, turn on some music and dance in the living room!)
- Exercise Videos
- Lift Weights
- Push-ups, etc.
All: Piano or Guitar
Timothy: Logic (Bluedorn books)
Olivia: All in One High School‘s Music Appreciation (This was a one-semester class that she has finished. It was excellent for this young music lover who very well might study music after high school.)
Timothy, Olivia, Young Mike, Chelle: Various art books from our home library. Our current favorite is Lifelike Drawing with Lee Hammond.
I feel so peaceful about our homeschool right now, more so than I have in a long time. Using curriculum that fits well with our family is making a huge difference!