Curriculum Choices for 2015-2015

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So, I FINALLY got to record my curriculum choices! YAY! I know that so many of you were waiting on this so I am excited to get that out to you.  Without further ado here are my final choices:

Group Studies:

  • Mystery of History, Volume 1
  • Homeschool in the Woods (aka History Through the Ages) timeline figures
  • Wondermaps
  • Real Science for Kids: Chemistry and Physics
  • Memory Work
  • Family Read Alouds:
    • The Golden Goblet
    • A Cry from Egypt
    • The Children’s Homer
    • Archimedes and the Door of Science
    • The Ides of April
    • The Bronze Bow
    • The Greatest Salesman in the World
    • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
    • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
    • Egyptology
    • Castles, Pyramids and Palaces
    • Coloring Book of Ancient Greece
  • We will also be continuing to work through Training Hearts and Teaching Minds which is a book that teaches the Shorter Catechisms with daily lessons and focuses on one question a week.

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

7th Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 7
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 6
  • Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Spelling Workout, F
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in cursive and print
  • Mapping of every country in the world (2-3 times)
  • Foreign Language: French

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

5th Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 5
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 6
  • Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Spelling Workout, F
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in cursive and print
  • Mapping of every country in the world (2-3 times)
  • Foreign Language: French

To see a rundown of  this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

3rd Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 3
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 2
  • Spelling Workout, B
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in print

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

2nd Grader:

  • Math U See, Beta
  • Rod and Staff English, 2
  • Spelling Workout, B
  • Bi-weekly copy work in print

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

Kindergartner:

  • Math U See, Primer
  • A Reason for Handwriting, K
  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
  • Hooked on Phonics, grades K-2
  • McGuffey’s First and Second Eclectic Readers
  • Explode the Code books as needed

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

2015-2016 Curriculum Haul

I am FINALLY done with not only making the decision of what to buy but the actual purchasing of those items as well. YAY! The 2015-2016 budget has been spent and now I am in the throes of PLANNING the aforementioned items so that I am not flying by the seat of my pants all year. Because that DOES NOT work for me.  I have to have a plan. A loose plan, albeit, but a plan nonetheless.homeschool haul1

This year’s budget was set at $1000 and I may end up going over a little.  BUT, to my defense, the items that threw me over my budget are one time purchases that will last for years and be used on 7 children over the course of the next 18 years. So, I am calling the extra $150 justified. That is my story and I am sticking to it!

Remember that I am schooling FIVE children so don’t run away in complete terror if you are new to this homeschool thing.  Also, a LARGE amount was spent on books for our home library. That amount could easily be eliminated by substituting library books if you are looking to save money. For us though, the extra money is worth it as I believe books are an investment. Also, the logistics of me getting to the library consistently only lasts a few weeks into a school year before I start procrastinating. Which leads to missing books I had planned. Which leads to having to rearrange a schedule. Which leads to making a new schedule.  Which leads to headache. I am not a fan of unnecessary headaches.

Without further ado:

My Budget List:

(I have added links if you would like to take a look at the places I purchased these)

Amazon (literature, atlases, bibles, resource books): $269.14

Mystery of History (Ancient and Bible history) $50.56

Institute for Excellence in Writing (LA) $276.00

Math U See (math) $51.73

Christianbook.com (Spelling, Math) $206.86

Gravitas Publications (Science) $103.22

Yet to Purchase: Rosetta Stone:French: $200 (estimated)

Grand Total: $1157.51

$1157.51/5 kids = $231.50 per child

If you would like to see what exactly what I purchased at each website here is the curriculum haul video I made to show everyone what we got for our money.