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Our family will be starting our third year of homeschooling the first week of August! I now have just a few short weeks to finish buying books and putting together lesson plans.

One important part of getting everything ready for homeschooling is the curriculum. Obviously you need to know what books you will be using when teaching.

This year we are going back to Sonlight as the bulk of our curriculum. We had tried a different curriculum last year and while I liked it well enough, I still prefer Sonlight.

We are also beginning to add a few more subjects to our schooling this year as my boys are getting older.
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Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014

Core Curriculum

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 C which is their second half of an Intro to World History, so we will travel through the fall of Rome all the way to modern history.

For those curious, Core C is recommended for ages 7-9. My so-to-be 2nd grader is 7 fits this recommendations fine but obviously my 6 year old who is in 1st grade is a bit young however as he is using the core for the subjects that are not as technical; he does fine. This is why we still get him his own level of math and language art curricula.

1st Grade

Bible – Sonlight
Math: Singapore Primary Mathematics 2A & 2B US Edition
Science: Exploring God’s Creation
History & Literature: Sonlight
Phonics/Reading/Writing: Progressive Phonics Advanced Books and a selection of emerging reader books.

2nd Grade

Bible – Sonlight
Math: Singapore Primary Mathematics 3A & 3B US Edition
Science: Exploring God’s Creation
History & Literature: Sonlight
Reading: Sonlight’s 3rd Grade Readers
Grammar: Language Smarts C
Vocabulary/Spelling: Wordly Wise 2

Those are our basic subjects. Other subjects such as art, health, P.E., and character building/manners I take more of an unschooling approach and just incorporate them into our lives as they fit in naturally.