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A round-up of homeschool curriculum choices.

We are currently a few weeks into the school year. We’re just starting to get into a groove. Thankfully, that groove is making its mark now before we add hockeyx3 and sciencex2 into the mix. Oy!

I confess, I had to create an hour-by-hour schedule for the school day so that I can make sure each kid gets what he needs. I hate scheduling, but this is working for now. Trying to manage without it was just a recipe for disaster.

A Curricula Round-Up

Over the past few months, I’ve been sharing my “picks” for homeschooling. I’m still learning what works and what doesn’t. We’ve found some absolute gems over the years, and we’re still exploring other curriculum each year as well.

Here’s the low-down in case you missed the series.

Don’t forget that there are several “homeschoolish” giveaways this week that you won’t want to miss!

The giveaways are open until Friday night.

I hope you have a great year, no matter what kind of school you do in your family!

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  1. Thank you for writing this series of posts. As a new homeschooling mom (a young K and PK3), it’s been a TREMENDOUS help. I checked out “The Well-Trained Mind” from the library, upon your recommendation, and it was as if she had taken the thoughts from my brain and wrote them in her book – it was spot on to what I wanted!

    With this book and your recommendations, I’m using “The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading” with flash cards for reading & writing, and Singapore Math K for my kindergartener. My 3-year-old is concentrating on the basics (alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.) but she’ll be bored here soon and will probably end up learning to read in the next 18 months (if not sooner).

    Since I wasn’t ready to jump into a full-fledged curriculum (or even sure if I wanted to go that route at all), this series has been a blessing. It’s hard to ignore solid, loving advice from someone who is teaching six children, and has been teaching long enough for her oldest to be in high school! Thank you!

    1. Thanks for your kind words! I am learning something new every day. If you liked WTM, I highly recommend buying some of her audio lectures. It really fills in the blanks in soooooooooooooo many ways. I’m gleaning a lot from them. Have a great year!

      And just remember to read lots of books and explore the world together. Formal lessons are so not mandatory with the ages you have.

  2. I found your great website today while looking for resources for home schooling grades 9 & 7 this year. Our oldest {home schooled to Notre Dame} was quite the independent and seriously motivated learner. Not so much for the next 2… So I am revising our approach and may even resort to the dreaded “daily schedule” to make sure we are hitting all the academic bases before tree climbing and creek exploring. Feeling a bit behind due to getting #1 off to university, but your wealth of information is a gold mine.
    Thank you!