I can’t believe that my family will soon be starting our seventh year of homeschooling! It’s amazing to me that I’m getting to be more in the seasoned homeschooler category and out of the newbie homeschooler category. Didn’t we just start this journey? I’m even more shocked that this will be the first year that I will have a middle schooler!


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 changing a few things from last year’s curriculum. Mainly we are just adding in a few more subjects or beefing up areas that seemed to be lacking last year. 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! Last year we spent just about $450 for both of my boys and my daughter. $150 per kid is still a pretty amazing price! This year…. well it’s at least that much but I haven’t done the math this year. We are probably closer to $550-600 this year but this is due to all the new subjects we are adding.  

Homeschool Curriculum 2017-2018

 

Core Curriculum for 5th and 6th 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 G which is their World History pt. 1 core, so we will be learning up to the 1600’s. For those curious, Core G is recommended for ages 11-13. My 6th grader is 11 and fits this recommendation fine but obviously my 10 year old who is in 5th 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.

Core Curriculum for 1st Grade

Unlike her brothers, my daughter will be using Heart of Dakota  are her “core” curriculum. We love Sonlight (she used it last year) but my boys used HOD for their 1st grade when I was testing out different core curriculums and so she will re-use the same core. She will be using Heart of Dakota’s Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory.

 The Rest of the Curriculum

Preschool

I do not do too much for preschool, however the year before my kids begin Kindergarten, I do like to help prep them just a bit. You can read all about it in my post explaining my preschool techniques.

We use a Big Kindergarten Activity workbook. Yes, we use Kindergarten even though she’s in preschool… the preschool version is just too easy.

Phonics: Progressive Phonics Alphabetti books

1st Grade

Bible: Heart of Dakota
History & Literature: Heart of Dakota
Science: God’s Wonderful Works
Phonics/Reading/Writing: Progressive Phonics Advance Books and Heart of Dakota’s Emerging Readers

 

5th Grade

Bible: Sonlight
Math: Saxon 65
History & Literature: Sonlight

 

6th Grade

Bible: Sonlight
Math: Saxon 87
History & Literature: Sonlight

 

Those are our basic subjects. Other subjects such as health, P.E., etc I take more of an unschooling approach and just incorporate them into our lives as they fit in naturally.
Our homeschool curriculum choices for a 6th grader, 5th grader, 1st grader, and preschooler.




 

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