Let me share with you our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2019-2020 school year!
It’s that time of year again!
Summer is already winding down (can you believe it?!) and our new school year is right around the corner. I feel equal parts sad that summer is almost over and excited for our new homeschool year to begin!
This will be our 4th year homeschooling. I’ve cultivated the perfect combination of books, materials, and resources to round out and complete our family’s homeschool curriculum for this year. I’m confident that the materials I’ve chosen will provide a rich and engaging learning experience for our kids.
Our kids are super excited to dig into their new books, especially the brand new pieces of curriculum we’re introducing this year!
I can’t wait to start!
Why We Homeschool
I’ve previously written about our journey into homeschooling and why we’ve chosen this path for our kids.
But the main reason why we’ve chosen to homeschool is because we felt called to it.
Our oldest son was struggling in school and was beginning to hate learning. I prayed a lot about what we should do, and God answered my prayers in a way I never expected.
Homeschooling turned out to be such a blessing for our family and was just what we needed!
Choosing Homeschool Materials that are Biblically Sound
God is the center of our home so, naturally, we choose curricula that align with our Christian faith. That’s the most important requirement for our family.
We use the Bible as our guide for life, so it would make sense that the materials we use to teach our children in our homeschool would line up with what God’s Word says.
Gentle Learning that is Rich with Literature
Our homeschool leans heavily toward a Charlotte Mason approach, where the bulk of our learning is done through reading a lot of “living books” (fictional literature that is based on true historical events and time periods) rather than textbooks (which can sometimes be a little dry and boring for some children).
Stories and read-alouds about fictional characters set in historical time periods make the events of history come alive in our children’s minds. Our kids have responded so well to this approach, and it makes learning for them actually quite fun!
Another reason why we love the Charlotte Mason method is because it allows us to teach our children in a more gentle, relaxed way. We teach each child at their own pace, and we teach a concept until mastery before moving on.
This has been working extremely well for us since, like most children, our kids are stronger in some areas and have some weaknesses in others. I’m able to slow down and help our children through any weak areas they struggle with while letting them flourish at a quicker pace in the areas they are stronger in.
Piecing Together Our Homeschool Curriculum
In my homeschool curriculum choices post from last year, I mentioned that we were stepping away from a boxed set of homeschool materials and choosing each subject’s materials individually.
Last year was our first year without an all-in-one boxed curriculum and it worked really well for us!
I picked materials for each child’s subject from several different publishers, which allowed for a nice variety and also allowed me to pick what I think would fit their learning style best.
Additionally, I was able to select materials for each subject at the academic level each child was currently at (whether or not it correlated with their “typical grade level”) and it was really nice to be able to customize their learning experience in that way.
Moving from a boxed set to individual subject materials also cut out the “fluff” that is sometimes included in the teacher’s manuals of boxed sets, and let us dig right into each subject. It felt a little more straight-forward and put the control into my hands instead of me having to rely on a teacher’s manual to tell me how to structure their learning.
Having said all of that, all-in-one boxed sets are still wonderful! We used My Father’s World and Heart of Dakota (both Christian-based, Charlotte Mason style curricula) for our first two years homeschooling, and I don’t regret it one bit!
If that’s the way you want to go, a boxed set is a perfectly good option. It’s just not the best fit for our family any more, and that’s okay, too.
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Our Family’s 2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Choices
So on to the good stuff!
I’m excited to share with you the homeschool curriculum materials I’ve prayerfully put together for our kids this year.
I’ve also indicated below the few minor changes we’ve made from last year’s curriculum to this year’s.
So, without further ado, here are our homeschool curriculum choices for this coming school year…
- Nathan, Matthew, & Ava: Math Lessons for a Living Education by Master Books (each child at his or her own academic level)
- All kids: Life of Fred (math literature books)
- Nathan & Matthew: Science Shepherd Introductory Science video series (workbooks at each child’s academic level)
- Ava & Ellie: God’s Design for Life for Beginners by Master Books
- Nathan & Matthew: America’s Story by Master Books
- Ava & Ellie: My Story and the World Around Me by Master Books
- Nathan, Matthew, & Ava: Spelling You See (switched from last year’s All About Spelling)
- Ellie: N/A (too young)
- Nathan: chapter books
- Matthew: chapter books
- Ava: early readers
- Ellie: N/A (too young)
- Nathan: Language Lessons for a Living Education by Master Books (switched from Lessons for the Elementary Child by Queen Homeschool Supplies)
- Matthew: Language Lessons for a Living Education by Master Books (switched from Lessons for the Very Young by Queen Homeschool Supplies)
- Ava: Basic Language Skills by Master Books
- Ellie: N/A (too young)
- Nathan & Matthew: WriteShop Primary Book sets and Gratitude Journals
- Ava & Ellie: N/A (too young)
- Nathan & Matthew: A Reason For Handwriting (manuscript practice); Pentime Penmanship (penmanship practice)
- Ava: A Reason for Handwriting
- Ellie: N/A (too young)
- Nathan, Matthew, & Ava: Write the Word for Kids journals by Cultivate What Matters (also practices writing & spelling)
- Ava & Ellie: Grade 1 Bible Light Unit Set by Christian Light Education
- All kids: Family reading and discussion of the Bible; Sunday school at church; Little Leaders: A Witness for Christ by Queen Homeschool Supplies
- Teaching Character Through Literature by Beautiful Feet (character training through read-aloud “living books” and other literature)
- Crossroads of Character: Learning to Make Wise Choices book
- Character Trails: Learning to Walk in Paths of Righteousness book
- Making Brothers & Sisters Best Friends book
Health & Safety
- Healthy Me book
- Super Duper Safety School book
- NO Trespassing – This is MY Body! book
- The Safe Side: Stranger Safety DVD
- The Safe Side: Internet Safety DVD
- Fit Kids Club DVD
- Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers book series
- Individual music lessons
- All kids: Muzzy (German)
Other Homeschool Learning Materials
In addition to the curriculum choices above, we also include:
- Family read-aloud storytimes
- STEM activity boxes (Kiwi Crates & Tinker Crates) from KiwiCo
- Code Kingdoms: an online computer coding membership program
- Epic! (a cool app where I can assign electronic books to each child based on their reading level)
So There You Have It!
Our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2019-2020 school year. I am so excited and can’t wait to dig in!
I’d love to hear from you! Do you homeschool, too? Are you thinking about homeschooling? If you already homeschool – or are just beginning your journey this year! – I would love to know what books and materials you have chosen! Leave a comment below!