Homeschool Extra Classes

Hey Guys!

A few weeks ago i shared our curriculum choices for this school year, but there are a few extra classes we are doing this year that i didn’t share in that post. So today i thought i would share those extra classes.

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First up, twice a week we are doing geography. We are using Road Trip USA by Confesssions of a Homeschooler. We have used this curriculum before, during our very first year of homeschooling, however my kids don’t remember it.

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We are also doing literature twice a week, and for that i decided to go with Passport to Adventures by The Waldock Way.

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We do art daily, and for that we are using a combination of Draw, Write, Now books and The Good and The Beautiful’s Creative Arts  & Crafts.

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For Bible, we have been using Write the Word for kids by Cultivate What Matters.

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Those are all the extra classes we are doing this year. If you have a curriculum you love for: Bible, art, literature, or geography i’d love to hear about it.

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Homeschool Curriculum Picks {2020-2021}

Hey Guys!

Today i’m sharing what homeschool curriculum we are using this upcoming school year.

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I’ll start with my youngest first.

My youngest is 4 years old and he is going to be in preschool this year. I know you don’t really need a curriculum for preschool, and with most of my kids we didn’t really do any formal preschool. They just kind of hung out and colored, or made messes while we schooled. However, this year i thought it would be fun to try out something different.

Let me just say this, there are sooo many wonderful preschool curriculum options out there, that i couldn’t pick just one. That’s right, we have 3 different ones we are going to be using.

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The Peaceful Preschool – This will be the main curriculum i use.

A Year of Playing Skillfully – I will take bits and pieces from this curriculum and add it in each month.

Before 5 in a Row – Once again, this one i will just be taking bits and pieces from and add it in as we go.

That’s it for my preschooler…

For my 6 year old/1st grader we will be using the following:

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MathMath-U-See Alpha level

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 1

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2 

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

ReadingAll About Reading level 1 and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 1

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 9 year old/4th grader we will be using the following:

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MathMath-U-See Delta level

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 4

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

ReadingAll About Reading level 3

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 2

VocabularyWordly Wise book 4

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 12 year old/7th grader we will be using the following:

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MathTeaching Textbooks pre-algebra

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 7

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

SpellingSpelling Connections 7 

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 7

VocabularyWordly Wise book 7

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 15 year old/10th grader we will be using the following:

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MathTeaching Textbooks geometry 

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts High School 1

HistoryBJU World History

ScienceApologia Chemistry

SpanishRosetta Stone

VocabularyWordly Wise book 10

Personal FinanceFoundations in Personal Finance

P.E. – various activities

So, that’s it! That’s all the curriculum we are using this year. If you are a fellow homeschooler, i’d love to hear what curriculum you are using this year.

Happy Homeschooling!

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Teaching Textbooks Vs. Math-U-See

From the very first day we started homeschooling (6 years ago), we used Math-U-See. I loved how you watch a video of the lesson, and then you do the worksheets that go along with that lesson. We had no problems with Math-U-See until my oldest son hit pre-algebra/algebra.

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My son would watch the video which took like 15 – 20 minutes, the videos up until this point had been relatively short about 5 minutes at the most, and then he would try to do the worksheets but he was finding himself stuck on lots of problems and really just not grasping the concepts.

Re-watching the videos at this point was not really an option, because then he would be spending about an hour on math and not doing any actual work.

Having me teach him the lessons really wasn’t an option either. I love doing math, up until a certain point. I will teach my kids; counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, decimals, etc., but once you get to adding the alphabet into your problems, i’m out.

So, needless to say we were both a little frustrated with math, and we needed a change badly, like yesterday. So during the middle of the school year, i switched him to Teaching Textbooks online. What a difference it has made. He enjoys doing math now, and he is finally understanding all the different concepts.

There is also a big difference price wise as well, Math-U-See pre-algebra costs $182 vs. Teaching Textbooks online pre-algebra costs $67.08!

I love how Teaching Textbooks also grades all the work, all i do is login to my parent portal and check his grades to see how he is doing. No more grading paper after paper, they do all the work for me!

Now, this doesn’t mean we are done with Math-U-See, in fact i just bought the next level up for 2 of my kids for our next school year. I plan to continue using Math-U-See with my children, until they hit the pre-algebra level, and then i will switch them over to Teaching Textbooks.

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Have you used Teaching Textbooks or Math-U-See? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

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The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts Review

Hi Guys!

I shared during my curriculum picks that we are using The Good and The Beautiful for language arts this year. **Side note: What homeschooler isn’t using it? as it seems to be very popular this year.**

Anyways, we are into our 10th week of school, so i thought i would give my review on this curriculum.

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I’m just going to dive in and tell you my pros and cons of The Good and The Beautiful language arts curriculum.

(We are using levels Pre-k – 7)

Pros:

~Levels 1-5 are available to download for FREE!

~It’s pretty much open and go, not much prep work involved.

~I love how it covers more than just language arts, they also add in geography and art appreciation.

~If you don’t decide to download it for FREE (or you order one of the levels are aren’t available for free download), their prices are aren’t that expensive compared to other language arts curriculum.

~It’s just beautiful. I love all the artwork throughout it.

~I feel like it’s a well rounded curriculum, it covers everything, there are no gaps. From spelling, to punctuation, to grammar, to vocabulary, to writing my kids are covered.

Cons:

~It’s advanced. Which isn’t really a con, it’s just something you have to be aware of before you order/place your child into a level. They have a level placement test which you can download for free on their website.

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That’s it, those are my pros and cons. Which obviously my pros outweigh my cons and i’m 100% sure i will be ordering this curriculum again next year!

If you are using The Good and The Beautiful this year i’d love to hear what you think about it. Leave me comment with your thoughts.

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Homeschool Curriculum Picks {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m going to share with you all of our curriculum choices for each kid this year.

Cruz (Preschool/ 4 years old)

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I couldn’t just pick 1 curriculum to use with him this year, because there are so many good choices out there. So i’m doing a mix up of 4 different ones.

God’s Little Explorers – I used this in the past with Karina and we enjoyed it.

The Good and The Beautiful Pre-K Level (language arts) – This was super affordable ($15) and it’s much raved about in the homeschooling community. So we are excited to give it a go!

Confessions of a Homeschooler Letter of the week – I bought this years ago when i started my homeschooling journey and this will be my 3rd child i’ve used it with.

Encompass Preschool Curriculum – What really excites me about this one is the planned out field trip ideas and snacks to go with each week.

Karina (2nd grade/ 7 years old)

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Math: Math-U-See Beta level

English: BJU Press English 2

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 2

History: Abeka Book Our America

Science: ABeka Book Enjoying God’s World

Reading: All About Reading level 2

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level K – This covers phonics/reading, spelling, grammar/punctuation, literature, and art.

Dasean (5th grade/ 10 years old)

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Math: Math-U-See Epsilon

English: BJU Press English 5

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5

History: Abeka Book Old World History & Geography 

Science: Abeka Book Investigating God’s World

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level 1-5 – This is a free curriculum!! And like i said above, it covers: phonics/reading, spelling, grammar/punctuation, literature, and art. I’m starting him on a very low level because he does need some extra help with spelling and i’m sure by the end of the year we will finish level 5.

Samuel (8th grade/ 13 years old)

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Math: Math-U-See Algebra 1

English: BJU Press Writing & Grammar Grade 8 

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 8

History: Abeka Book America Land I love

Science: Abeka Book Earth and Space

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level 2-7 – He also struggles with spelling, so i’m starting him low too and by the end of the year he will be where he needs to be at.

That’s all for their individual work…

Each kid is also doing some form of Spanish class. Some do it on the computer, phone app, and others do worksheets.

The 3 oldest kids also do Typing Instructor for Kids on the computer.

They are all still learning piano.

So that’s everything, curriculum wise, we have going on this year. I hope you enjoyed hearing about our choices, and if you homeschool your kids, i’d love to hear what curriculum you are using this school year!

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