Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Plans! plus {Linky}

Today I’m sharing one of the most important posts I write each year:

 Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Plans!

There’s also a place at the end for you to link up your own homeschool curriculum plans. I love reading these, so link up at any time!

Below you’ll see each of my children and the curriculum I’ve chosen for them this year.  I try to combine as many grades together as possible (easiest with science, history/geography, and read-alouds).  My next challenge is to come up with a schedule where we can get all this done!  I’ll work on that and share it next week.  :)

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2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

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B (7th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group B Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Teaching Textbooks 7th Grade

Literature:  still deciding on this (Shakespeare plays and classic novels)

Bible Study:  New Testament Survey with Grapevine Studies

Logic:  Building Thinking Skills, Level 3 Figural

Grammar:  Finish 6th grade Daily Grams and start 7th grade

Latin:  First Form Latin

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Christian Kids Explore Physics*

Institute for Cultural Communications (ICC) Speech class

Band at Christian school- saxophone

Violin

Football and Onward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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J (6th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group A Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Finish Math-U-See Zeta and start Teaching Textbooks 7th Grade

Bible Study:  New Testament Survey with Grapevine Studies 

Logic:  Building Thinking Skills, Level 2 and start Level 3 Figural

Grammar: 6th grade Daily Grams

Spelling:  Spelling Power

Latin:  Finish First Form Latin

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Christian Kids Explore Physics*

ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Band at Christian School- percussion

Violin

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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M (4th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group A Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Finish Math-U-See Gamma  and start Delta

Bible Study:  Explorers Bible Study (Jesus, My Shepherd), Grapevine Studies Old Testament Traceable study 

LogicBuilding Thinking Skills, Level 2

Grammar: Find e-book or online materials

Spelling:  Spelling Power

Spanish: El Espanol Facil– The Easy Spanish  *  *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

ScienceApologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Violin

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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R (3rd grade):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Cursive Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  All About Reading, Level 2  *

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Math:  Math-U-See Alpha in the spring

Bible Study:  Grapevine Studies Old Testament Traceable study 

Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

 

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T (1st grade):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  Alpha-Phonics, read Rod and Staff books:  Bible Nurture and Reader Series

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Bible Study:  Answers in Genesis Bible Study:*  Answers for Kids

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Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Violin

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class

 

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L (Kindergarten):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  Alpha-Phonics, read Rod and Staff books:  Bible Nurture and Reader Series

Bible Study:  Answers in Genesis Bible Study:*  Answers for Kids

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Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

Spotlight drama class

 

 

 

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Z (3 years old): preschool

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Jesus storybook Bible  *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

 

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E (1 year old)

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

read board books

Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

 

Other Enrichment activities for the kids:

Art:  See the Light * Bible Story DVDs (Christmas and Easter), drawing/crafts for science animals, Global Art book for geography art projects
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Historical fiction:  A Benge biography from each continent—David Livingstone (Africa), Gladys Aylward (Asia),  D.L. Moody (North America), Nate Saint (South America), George Muller (Europe).  Any recommendations for Australia and Antarctica?
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Notebooking/Journaling/Lapbooking for history/geography and science:  maps, animals, people, cultural elements

 

Read-Aloud novels:  Dr. Doolittle, Old Yeller, Gentle Ben (Walt Morey),The Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty, Rascal (Sterling North), Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White), James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
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Music:

Singing, worship team at church

SQUILT (Listening activites)*–Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time, volume 1 Baroque Composers

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and  Classical Composers Monthly *

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Art:
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With Fine Art Pages from Classical Composers Monthly*
Swim lessons

 

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Now please link up your Homeschool Curriculum plans!

Comments

  1. Jennifer Flanagan says:

    Hi Gena!

    Thanks for posting this…I LOVE planning a new school year! And you have some great things on there!

    Figured I’d just put my plan right here, since I haven’t been good about updating my blog…
    Josh — 11th Grade:
    Starting Points–a group class taught by a Trinity Seminary student (a Bible, a History, and an English credit)
    Algebra–a class at College of Lake County
    P.E.–at Home Run Kids
    Typing–computer program
    Bible–Memorization of passages (his Bible study is part of Starting Points)
    Writing–bi-weekly tutoring with his tutor from last year (to assist with grammar and paper formation and organization and paper writing for Starting Points)
    Youth Group
    Tech Team at Church
    Co-leader of Jr High small group

    Matthew — 3rd Grade
    Bible–Kay Arthur inductive Bible studies for kids
    History–Story of the World Book 3
    Spelling–Spelling Power
    Vocabulary–Wordly Wise
    Math–Math U See Zeta and Saxon 65
    Reading–Sonlight and Veritas Press lists
    Grammar–First Language Lessons
    Typing–Mavis Beacon
    Science–Home Run Kids
    P.E.–Home Run Kids
    Art–Home Run Kids
    For Writing and Geography I haven’t settled on anything…
    I really need to do read alouds…my favorite thing to do, but also the first thing to get cut when time is short.
    We are thinking about piano lessons.
    We are planning on Upward Soccer and Basketball.

    I hope you have a great year! Would love to get together some time… :)

    Blessings,
    Jennifer

  2. You will be busy :) I remember having six at home. I only have two this year. We are still not exactly sure what we are doing. I have two going in 7th grade. They grow up so fast :)
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  3. What wonderful ideas.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. That looks like a great year! Beautiful family!
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  5. Looks like you’ve got a great plan in place! I’m sure it feels like a lot to juggle especially now that their ability levels are so varied. You’re doing a great job, mama!

  6. Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop. I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.
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  7. You go, girl! Looks like you have a great line-up! I used to home-school alongside another mom that made schedules and curriculum decisions, and organized our year in such an incredible way. I’m sure you are a blessing to your beautiful children and other home-schooling mommies!
    Stopping by from The Better Mom today :)

    • I have a question- I teach a 3rd-5th grade classroom and am looking for a different spelling curriculum. I saw that you have Spelling Power listed for your 6th grader. Have you used it before? If so, would this be something I could use in a classroom setting with the three multiple grade levels? Is it separate workbooks or something entirely different? Last year we used Bob Jones Spelling and I’m just not happy with it. Any recommendations or feedback? Thanks :)
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      • genamayo
        Twitter: ichoosejoynow
        says:

        I have actually not used Spelling Power yet. When I do, I will post about how it works! I did read a review recently at smockityfrocks.com if you want to search for it there. It sounds like a great curriculum!
        –Gena

    • genamayo
      Twitter: ichoosejoynow
      says:

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, Stephanie!
      –Gena

  8. Wow, so neat to find another family with kids of similar ages! We have eight children age 12 (7th grade) down to 3 weeks old. This year I have 7th, 3rd, 2nd, K, and 4 little ones: http://ourbusyhomeschool.com/2013-2014-curriculum-large-family-style/

    We’ve enjoyed Apologia’s science books before and Land Animals was probably our favorite. Looks like you have a fun year ahead!
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  9. Gena, you have such a beautiful family! Looks like some good things for your school year this year.
    We’ve had great success with Daily Grams. And AlphaPhonics is my absolute #1 teaching reading tool. Have used with all 8 of our children.
    With your plan in place, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful school year – enjoy!
    and thank you for hosting this link-up. I enjoy seeing what others are using.

  10. Love these curriculum lists! Just posted mine on my facebook page since I don’t blog.

    So this is some of our intended curriculum for the upcoming year (for my 2nd grader). We’ll see what all we get to! There is too much good stuff out there!

    Language Arts:
    Reading Street Grade 2
    LOTS of read-alouds (Mom reading to him)

    Math:
    Horizons Grade 2
    Times Tales: Times Tables Made Easy
    Ipad apps for math fact practice

    History & Social Studies:
    Tapestry of Grace, Year 4, Units 3&4 (tons of book reading to him)
    Scholastic Weekly Readers (I am so excited about this. I loved these as a kid.)
    Scott Foresman Social Studies Grade 2, People & Places (social studies and geography) (selections)
    Welcome to Samantha’s World (and any other AG books like this one on issues and lifestyle of the time period that might fit into our timeline, possibly Kit?)

    Geography:
    Maps, Charts and Graphs (possibly)
    Some great geography resources from the library including:
    Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries (each book on a different country)
    True Books by Dana Meachen Rau (on different regions of the US)

    Science:
    Daily Science Grade 2 (continued from last year)
    Lots of random books from the library on topics of interest
    Wild Kratts
    Scholastic Weekly Readers
    DK First Earth Encyclopedia
    DK First Nature Encyclopedia

    Art:
    Tons of drawing books from the library
    Home Art Studio (video with teacher — We all are so excited about this!)
    Mike Venezia books on artists as they fit into our art program

    Music:
    Pianimals (beginning piano)
    The Story of the Orchestra
    A Child’s Introduction to Ballet (the stories of the ballets)
    Ready to Read Music: Sequential Lessons in Music Reading Readiness (Jay Althouse)
    Mike Venezia books on composers as they fit into our history program

    Gym and Health:
    Various home, homeschool, and other physical education activities
    The First Aid Book

    • genamayo
      Twitter: ichoosejoynow
      says:

      You sure are right about there being too many good choices out there. I never get to all I plan to. Looks like you have some great books!
      –Gena

  11. Great post! I’m not a huge stickler for grade levels (my boys are 9, 6, and 1), but here’s our plan for the school year:

    http://craftsbywendy.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/homeschool-prep/

    Love your blog :)

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