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Our family recently started our fifth year of homeschooling! Time has flown quickly since we’ve been homeschooling and I’m now feeling like a “pro”… although I will confess I still definitely have days or subjects where the doubts creep in. Still, five years is a pretty long stretch!

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, our curriculum is pretty similar to last years. There are a few changes but it all the major subjects seem to be the same.

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 over $250 for both of my boys plus my preschool daughter (although she’s only using one book) . Not too shabby!


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 E which is their Intro to American History part 2, so we will learn about the US from the Civil War to the 2000’s. For those curious, Core E is recommended for ages 9-12. My 4th grader is 9 and fits this recommendation fine but obviously my 8 year old who is in 3rd 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 and language art curricula.

Preschool/Kindergarten Prep

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… preschool is just too easy.

Phonics: Progressive Phonics Alphabetti books


3rd Grade
History & Literature: Sonlight
Reading: Sonlight’s Core D Readers
Grammar: Easy Grammar 3
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 4
Spelling: Fry’s Word List for 3rd Grade
Extra Writing: Gratitude Journals
Music: Piano


4th Grade
History & Literature: Sonlight
Reading: Sonlight’s Core E Readers
Grammar: Easy Grammar 4
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 4
Spelling: Fry’s Word List for 4th Grade
Extra Writing: Gratitude Journals
Music: Piano


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


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