Guess what? Our curriculum choices for this year are pretty much the same as last year. After researching, thinking, and praying, we have found things that work with our family and our goals for homeschooling. Plus sticking with what works is just one of the ways I keep our homeschool simple. Bonus? I think my guys rather appreciate the predictability. I’m helping them to focus on what they’re learning rather than how they’re learning. And it saves me time in preparation. All that to say, here’s what we’re using this year —
Each morning, I read aloud from the Bible. Then we “picture, ponder, pray” our way through the passage. For picture, they draw about the reading in a spiral bound art book. For ponder, we discuss the meaning or implications of the passage. For pray, we pray back to God some part of the passage or pray through an application to our lives from the passage. This is one of my favorite parts of the day, because the time spent this way tells me so much about their hearts and helps to set mine right.
I meet with each of them individually to review their memory verses. Sometimes they review with each other. As a group, we’ll simply recite the Bible memory work for CC.
Math: Saxon K, 2, and 4/5
I’ve set aside an hour for Math time. The first fifteen minutes we’ll do calendar time as a group. The older ones have a more detailed calendar time, while I’ll be teaching the youngers how to do it. My 5 year old is beginning with Saxon K this year and his 3 year old little sister will be tagging along for as long as her interest remains. Since she’s been begging for weeks to “do math,” I’d say her interest is at an all-time high right now.
For the remainder of the hour, I’ll work with each of my guys individually for fifteen minute increments (or less depending on need) starting with the youngest and finishing with the oldest. I like that with Saxon we work through the A side together and then they complete the B side on their own. It helps me to see where they need more help.
Because our primary focus for Science during the grammar years is to 1. maximize their curiosity and 2. memorize the basics, we spend more of our Science time with nature studies. This includes time outside and time in books. We also have Apologia Anatomy this year for additional reading, as needed. I like to have a trusted reference guide on hand for Science to provide additional information when questions arise (due to the major philosophical differences among scientists), but if doing this overloads us, I will drop it quickly. Learning the memory work and exploring really is enough for this age.
Fine Arts: CC and Ambleside Year 2
I purchased the Acts & Facts Artist cards this year and I’m excited to have this resource right at hand. For my boys relishing in the artwork of the artists for our Ambleside year last year was one of the favorite things we did, so we will continue it this year.
Latin: Song School Latin, Book 1
We’ve added additional Latin studies in this year, because I was given a solid piece of advice from a CC mom with older children. To better prepare for Essentials and Challenge, start doing more Latin studies at a younger age. I selected Song School Latin for its ease of use. So far, we have not been disappointed! My guys love it!
Geography: CC Memory work, continent blobbing
Read-Alouds and Independent Reading: Ambleside Year 2, Cycle 3 Book List
You should know that while I’m sticking with, I’m not settling for. We love each and every curriculum choice we’ve made. But, I do realize these choices won’t last forever. Please share! What curriculum do you love?