One important part of getting everything ready for homeschooling is choosing the curriculum. Obviously you need to know what books you will be using when teaching. This year, we are changed a few things from last year’s curriculum. We realized last year that some of the curriculum was no longer working for what our kids need and thus, we did an overhaul. This is of course, on of the wonderful things about homeschooling; we can change anything to best help our kids learn.For those of you who are curious as to how we afford all our curriculum, you’ll want to check out my post on saving money on curriculum! This year we spent just about $450 for both of my boys and my daughter. Truth be told, this was a bit more than I anticipated but it was a year of change, we switched math and grammar so I had to buy for both boys this year, we added on a few subjects for the boys as well and that of course means more cost. I also had to buy most of my Kindergartener’s books (normally I’d have most of her books as they’d be hand-me-downs but for Kindergarten I had to start from scratch due to the fact that I had borrowed my boys’ Kindergarten curriculum). All that said, $150 per kid is still a pretty amazing price!
Homeschool Curriculum 2016-2017
Core Curriculum for 4th and 5th Grade
We are using Sonlight as our “core” curriculum. Sonlight is an “open and shut” curriculum, meaning that I can essentially open the book and it has all the subjects planned out for me. We do not use all that Sonlight recommends however; I have a few subjects that we do differently and therefore, we do make a few changes. As my boys are only one grade apart, we are using the same core for both of them but with their own grade level books for the subjects that need it such as math and language arts.
This year we are using Sonlight’s Core F which is their Eastern Hemisphere core, so we will learn about the eastern hemisphere and ancient cultures. For those curious, Core F is recommended for ages 10-13. My 5th grader is 10 and fits this recommendation fine but obviously my 9 year old who is in 4th grade is a bit young. However as he is using the core for the subjects that are not as technical (history for example); he does fine. This is why we still get him his own level of math for example. This year we are having him try out the Core F readers which in theory are more advanced for him but I find that his reading level is good and I can’t imagine there’s much of a reading difference between a 9 and 10 year old.
Core Curriculum for Kindergarten
Like her brothers, my daughter will be using Sonlight are her “core” curriculum. She will be using Sonlight’s Core A which is their Intro to World Cultures. She’ll get a brief overview of key civilizations such as the Vikings, the Roman Empire, and more.
Phonics/Reading/Writing: Progressive Phonics Beginner and Intermediate Books
Grammar: Growing with Grammar 4
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 5
Spelling: Fry’s Word List for 4th Grade
Cursive: New American Cursive 3
Grammar: Growing with Grammar 5
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 6
Spelling: Fry’s Word List for 5th Grade
Cursive: New American Cursive 3
Critical Thinking: Building Thinking Skills Level 2