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A Peek Into Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum

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In this post, I share with you our 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum choices that we’ve carefully (and prayerfully) selected for this year!


It’s hard to believe that summer is already over, and a fresh new school year has begun!

This year is our third year homeschooling. Our kids are currently 9 years old (10 next month), 8 years old, 5 years old, and 3 years old (4 in November — Thanksgiving Day, in fact). We’ve got a 4th grader, a 3rd grader, a kindergartener, and a preschooler in our homeschool this year.

However, my littlest one will pretty much just tag along with her older siblings since we don’t do much “formal” schooling at that age.

Our Decision to Homeschool

I’ve recently written an entire blog post sharing how and why we began homeschooling, and what it was that led us down this path.

The decision we made to pull our kids out of school and homeschool them was the absolute best decision for our family, and we’ve never looked back.

Our Homeschool Approach

First and foremost: God is the center of our homeschool and biblical lessons and theology are interwoven into everything we learn. We carefully choose homeschool curriculum that aligns with our Christian faith, as that’s the most important requirement for curriculum for our family.

We also lean heavily toward a Charlotte Mason style homeschool. The Charlotte Mason method of learning is a gentle, relaxed homeschooling approach where we can allow each child to learn at their own pace and immerse them fully in an educational home environment.

This style of homeschooling helps them develop good character traits and cultivates a love of reading and storytelling.

Our homeschool focuses heavily on literature, and rather than dry textbooks, our kids learn through reading stories about fictional characters written in actual historical times (Charlotte Mason calls this type of literature, “living books”). You can read more about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling here.

Stepping Away from a Boxed-Set Homeschool Curriculum

We are not going with an “all-in-one” boxed curriculum this year (like in years past). Instead, we chose materials for each subject individually.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with using a boxed all-in-one curriculum. The ones we’ve used in our first two years were My Father’s World and Heart of Dakota (both Charlotte Mason-based learning), and we thoroughly enjoyed them. I definitely recommend either one, if a boxed set is what you are looking for.

But as our family was entering year three of homeschooling, I was feeling pulled to drop the all-in-one sets and choose each subject’s curriculum individually.

This piece-meal way of choosing curriculum would have terrified me in my first year of homeschooling (what if I forgot something when piecing it all together on my own?!) but now that I’m a bit more confident in what I’m doing, I feel good about my decision.

After all, I had already been switching out a good amount of the boxed sets’ subjects for other books, and most of my boxed sets had ended up being pretty much pieced together with different bits of supplemental curriculum anyway.

So I decided to take the plunge this year, and not teach from a boxed set’s pre-made teacher manual but instead teach each subject on its own. We will see how it goes!

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Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

So with the above explanations out of the way, I am so excited to share with you the actual homeschool curriculum materials I’ve carefully – and prayerfully – chosen for our kids this year.

4th Grade:

3rd Grade:

Kindergarten:

Preschool:

All Four Kids:

So There You Have It!

Our 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum choices. I’m really pleased with how everything came together this year, even though I was a little nervous to put all the pieces together myself rather than relying on a boxed set curriculum. But I’m feeling as though this is going to be a great year, and I think I will be very happy with these choices in the end.

How About You?

What are you using for your homeschool curriculum this year? Any significant changes from last year? Or maybe it’s your first year homeschooling and you’re feeling a little apprehensive about your choices? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!

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Kristine is a busy homeschooling mom to four awesome kids and the wife of a professional computer geek. Her passion is to help encourage other moms while teaching the importance of giving yourself a little bit of grace in this crazy yet blessed calling of motherhood.
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  • Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog post! How about the idea of using an online curriculum? I have just started using it. Despite many challenges and criticism, my kids are really enjoying it.

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    • Hi, Ashley! Thanks for your comment! I haven’t used an online curriculum before in our homeschool. I’d love to hear more about which one you use!

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