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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