Homeschooling

Our Curriculum for 2015-2016

We have had quite a roller coaster ride up to this point deciding which curriculum to use. When my oldest was in Kindergarten, we started using My Father’s World (MFW) kindergarten. We loved it so we continued on through 1st, Adventures and Exploring Countries and Cultures. Then I decided I needed to use something different (if something is working, why try to fix it?). Last year we used The Mystery of History and a few other things that we hadn’t used before. While we enjoyed them, I couldn’t stop thinking about MFW and tried to change curriculum several times, only to be stopped by my husband who reminded me of God’s Sovereignty. So we stuck it out and finished last year.

I was pretty sure that I wanted to use MFW Creation to the Greeks for the upcoming year, but I was still stuck thinking that I would like something else better. There are so many wonderful curricula out there that I just couldn’t go back to what I knew without looking at the something else first. I found a great deal on a Sonlight Core, so I snatched it up. But when I received it in the mail, I was so overwhelmed by the amount of books there were.

So I sold it.

I did make my money back, which is great, but I still thought I needed something other than MFW. I started looking at Heart of Dakota and decided I would give it a go. I purchased a used guide and the books for the first 12 weeks. We gave the first couple days a try and enjoyed it, but I still couldn’t stop thinking about MFW. My husband would tell people that we were using MFW for the upcoming year, and I just felt like we were going to miss out on something great if we used a different curriculum.

So I sold the Heart of Dakota stuff.

I felt so relieved. I am so familiar and comfortable with MFW and my daughter was so happy when I told her we were going back. We both just love it!

I purchased a used Creation to the Greeks set off of eBay. I didn’t purchase the student sheets this year, but have decided to make my own set.  I can’t wait to get started. So, here is our lineup for the upcoming year:

For my oldest daughter (9, going on 10 in November) –

Bible, History and Science – MFW Creation to the Greeks
English/Language Arts – Rod and Staff Spelling, Intermediate Language lessons, Writing Strands 3, reading anything she enjoys
Math – Singapore
Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek level 1
We will be trying some online piano classes

For my oldest son (6, going on 7 in January) –

He will join us for MFW Creation to the Greeks for Bible, History and Science. He completed MFW K last year and will be using MFW 1st this year. We use just the phonics/reading part of it.

For the 4 year old son –

This boy already knows each letter and the sounds they make. His handwriting still needs some practice as he is trying to figure out if he wants to be left handed or right handed. So we are going to finish his Get Ready for the Code workbook, start working on reading with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy lessons, and add in some copywork I found that coordinates with TYCtR. Then, I am planning to start MFW K with him in January. I think by then he will have had enough handwriting practice and will be ready for it.

For my littlest girls (ages 2, 3 in October and 18 months, 2 in December) –

We will be enjoying a preschool time each morning with their older brothers. Reading, singing and learning the calendar.

My baby boy (4 months) –

He will spend his days nursing, napping and playing.

In the mornings, everyone will listen in as we do Bible time at the table. And after lunch we will be reading a story out of our storybook Bible and learning a new character word every month.

 

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