Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices {2013-2014}

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Homeschool Curriculum for 2013-2014

I have 5th, 4th, and 2nd graders this homeschool year. I am finding it hard to believe, really. When we started out, I was nervous about what I would do when they reached middle and high school. Now, with five official homeschool years under our belt, I am excited for the things we will be learning!

For the grades K-3, we lean more towards eclectic unschooling. I believe strongly in the value of play in a child’s educational life. My kids (and I!) have learned a lot by following my children’s interests. I teach them how to read, basic math, and we do Bible study. Everything else is covered by life and the library.

Starting around 4th grade, we start with more scheduled work. I say around because we are open to this being different based on a child’s needs. I’ll explain a little about each of my students when I share my curriculum choices for them.

I am using my curriculum planning pages for my subjects. Our discipleship program is a work in progress that you will be hearing more about later this fall. I’ll be sharing more about that with my homeschool newsletter subscribers, so be sure to sign up for that.

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My 5th Grader’s Homeschool Curriculum

My 5th grader is the “tell me what I need to do and I’ll do it” type student. She loves checklists and her planner. She loves reading, writing to her pen pals, and taking care of her siblings (and anyone else she can mother). We are focusing on her math and spelling skills this year. She is also learning to write in cursive because she really, really wants to.

She will also be completing her 4-H projects throughout the year as part of her curriculum (art, life skills, etc.). Her projects include photography, sewing, and food.

My 4th Grader’s Homeschool Curriculum

My 4th grader is the “tell me why I need to know this” type student. He is very, very interested in learning, but very, very UNinterested in learning things he already knows. He is a deep thinker who does well with science, math, and spelling. My focus with him this year will be on penmanship.

Again, he will be completing 4-H projects as part of his curriculum. He has not decided on what those will be just yet. We will be trying out Homeschool Programming for a review and I think it will be perfect for him.

My 2nd Grader’s Homeschool Curriculum

My 2nd grader is a sweet, spunky, loves to wiggle kind of girl. She is a very good reader and seems to pick up math skills almost by accident. She is still in the learn by play part of our homeschool, but she will be participating in a lot with us because she likes to. Her 2nd grade year is more structured than my first two students, but she is ready and willing so on we go!

She is too young for 4-H, but will be doing Cloverbuds. She has not chosen a project (she may do up to two).

So there you have our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2013-2014 school year. We start our year the week after the 4th of July. Along the way I will share free read, read aloud, and supplemental booklists; coordinating printables; and glimpses into how our homeschool works.

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More Curriculum Choices

This week, the Teach Them Diligently bloggers are talking about curriculum choices. Be sure to head over to the blog to see what curriculum they will be using in their homeschools this year. You can also purchase curriculum online with Teach Then Diligently Marketplace Online now!! I will be sharing more about this later in the month.

Come see what homeschool curriculum the Teach Them Diligently bloggers will be using this year.

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  1. Vicki, how do you use the Signing Time DVDs? I’m looking at them for our foreign language too.

    • We watch them together and then practice. We usually watch them a couple times during the week (they are relatively short). I am wanting to teach the our 17 month old more signs. He knows a few, but I’m hoping the kids will learn it together and then help teach him. We should get lots of practice in that way.

      The DVD’s are great for learning everyday signs, but they don’t teach conversational signing. If that makes any sense. Like we will learn the sign for “drink”, but not “may I have a drink?” For our purposes, this is just fine. Toddlers don’t usually have the best manners as it is, lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have a question. For 4H, how do you get homeschoolers into 4H?

    • I’m sorry for the delay in answering! We just went to our county’s extension office and they told us what to do. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚