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2016-2017 Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Preschool Thru High School

Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2016 - 2017 for 7 kids, preschool thru high school

Today is August 1. How is your homeschool planning coming along? We plan to start school at the end of the month, and I still have a few things to order and A LOT of organization to do! But, I’m happy to say that most decisions about curriculum have been made and am glad to share our 2016-2017 Homeschool Curriculum Choices with you today.

One huge change this year is that my oldest will be attending public high school. He is a sophomore, and we’re praying it’s a good experience for him. He (like all of my kids) has always been homeschooled. My second son is a freshman, and I’m glad I still get to homeschool him. Homeschooling high school is great!

Our Homeschool Curriculum:

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J Homeschool Curriculum 9th grade

 J (9th grade):

(See more details at my post on Preparing to Homeschool Ninth Grade- Our Curriculum Choices.)

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M Homeschool Curriculum 7th grade

M (7th grade):

R Homeschool Curriculum 5th Grade a

R (5th grade):

T Homeschool Curriculum 4th grade

T (4rd grade):

L Homeschool Curriculum 3rd grade

L (3rd grade):

Z Homeschool Curriculum 1st grade a

I (1st Grade): 

E Homeschool Curriculum preschool

E (4 years/ Preschool):

Other Activities for various kids throughout the year:

  • Swim Lessons E, I, L, and T
  • Basketball for J
  • Worldview Academy for J
  • Speech tournaments for M and J
  • Piano recitals J, M, R, T, and L
  • Piano competition, festival, and theory exam for J and M
  • Violin recital for M, T, L, and I
  • Geography Bee for T, M, and J

Our Homeschool Schedule:

  • 6:00 Mom gets up, Quiet Time, shower, exercise
  • 7:15 Kids up, get ready, eat breakfast, morning chores
  • 8:00-9:00 Kids start individual work and instrument practice
  • 9:00-10:00 Couch Time for elementary and preschool kids (Choose from: Bible, Literature, Memory Work, History, Science, Spanish, ICC practice speeches, music/hymn study. Not every subject every day!)
  • 10:00-11:30 Reading and Spelling lessons with R (has dyslexia and needs extra one-on-one time) and phonics lessons with I and E
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch Break and lunch chores (Mom does emails, phone calls, bills)
  • 12:30-1:30 Help kids with individual work
  • 1:30-4:30 Mom’s computer work time (blogging, product creation). Older kids continue school-work until finished.
  • 4:30-5:30 Afternoon chores and dinner prep
  • 5:30 Dinner and dinner chores

Changes to schedule:

  • Tuesday: Piano from 1-2:30, Spotlight Youth Theater at 4:45 for winter and spring
  • Wednesday: Tapestry co-op from 9:30-12:30, Afternoon co-op from 12:30-2:30
  • Thursday: Violin lessons from 9:30-12, ICC every other week 1:00-3:00, Spotlight Youth Theater at 4:45 for fall
  • Friday: Piano from 1:00-2:30

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  1. Science is not my strong suit, but I enjoy learning all topics with my kids!

    1. I bet you’ll like these Adventure Homeschool unit studies!

  2. Cristy S. says:

    Favorite Science topic to teach … ELECTRICITY!!!

    1. That’s one part of science I just don’t understand. 🙂

  3. I love science! Its so hands on and fun, I can’t wait to dive in with my littles! My first year homeschooling this year so I’m super excited!!!

  4. What a great giveaway. Thank you

  5. Stephanie Olmsted says:

    I like to teach earth science .

    1. It’s been a while for me–need to teach it again.

  6. Jessica Winkler says:

    We are learning about astronomy now and it is definitely my favorite so far.

  7. Katrina Morgan says:

    Astronomy is amazing..and that is what we are starting this year.

  8. Brandi Vidrine says:

    Anything dealing with Earth Science is my favorite science topic to teach.

  9. We Just LOVE anything Science !!This giveaway is AMAZING!!What a Blessing to a deserving home school family!And you are truly an AMAZING woman for home schooling 8 children I just gotta say WOW!May you ALWAYS be Blessed and can you come teach me how to do this crazy thing called home schooling I only have 3 and you make it look so AWESOME!Lol Really though May you & yours be Blessed!
    Thank you for all you do for those that are lost like me 🙂
    ~Dona O. Texas homeschooling Mom

    1. I’m glad you didn’t say I made it look easy, because it’s not! It is awesome, though!

      1. Like I said pretty lady I have 3 so I can only Imagine how hard daily life is :)Never is it easy for anyone !But Wonderful Mothers like you make it more AMAZING by being so Wonderful and Uplifting!The Lord is truly with you and I Thank you for bringing me Hope :)I pray I can be even a smidge as AMAZING one day through my journey:)

  10. Christine Wipson says:

    My favorite science topic is Biology!!!

  11. My daughter loves learning about ALL things science. She says to me that one day she will build me a new leg (I lost it in an accident) that I can afford and don’t have to pay for.

    1. We just finished that one this last year. It was more fascinating to me this time around than I had remembered before. 🙂

  12. william gossage says:

    My favorite to teach is math

    1. Math is the one subject I don’t like teaching. 🙂

  13. I run a science lab during VBS so my favorite thing to teach is hands-on experiments that illustrate the day’s scripture or theme.

  14. Aaron andSarah Jackson says:

    I enjoy teaching earth science

  15. Thanks! I love anything related to science!

  16. Lori TenHaken says:

    I love to teach about the human body. It’s amazing to see how our bodies are so integrated and created so intricate. Of course by an amazing Creator. That is what makes it even more interesting to study.

  17. What do your little guys do all afternoon while you are blogging?

    1. They are so good at playing! They ride bikes, roller blade, play in the yard (swingset), play board games, dolls/Legos/pretend, listen to audio books, and have a 30-minute turn on the computer or iPad.

      1. Jessica Smith says:

        Do you have any kind of a schedule for them that rotates activities or are they just on their own to choose? I’m just afraid of neglecting my little one in the busyness of school demands for the big guys! ?

        1. Jessica Smith says:

          You are just organized with everything else, I was curious to see if you had some kind of structure for the little guys’ learning.

          1. I understand your concerns, Jessica. When my oldest boys were babies, I read the book “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaefer MacCauley. It taught me how to provide the tools and opportunities, but to allow lots of time for free play. That was when I talked my husband into getting a fence for our yard. I have seen the benefits of free play in their growth in creativity and imagination.

        2. Nope, I’m not organized with my little guys’ learning. 🙂

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