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Our 2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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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 gathered 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…



Social Studies


  • 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 & Matthew: WriteShop Primary Book sets and Gratitude Journals
  • Ava & Ellie: N/A (too young)



Character Development

Health & Safety



Foreign Language

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!

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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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  • Thank you for sharing your curriculum choices! This is my second year Home-schooling and I love seeing what others are using. It has taught me a lot and given me inspiration for the next school year. I have been reading a lot about Charlotte Mason and her education philosophy. I love it, so far. I also love the Classical method. So, I guess I am eclectic in my choices.

    I have 3 children and I am only schooling one formally. My middle child is 5 and likes to tag along.

    So, my 7 year old is my eldest. We started with Abeka for Math then we switched to “Addition Facts that Stick” by Kate Snow. We loved it. Then we bought Master books, “Math Lessons for a Living Education” Level 1. It is ok. It works. But, later we found “Ray’s Arithmetic” books and Easy Peasy Math Level 1 which we love better than Masters books. We, also, just finished “Subtraction Facts that Stick” by Kate Snow. Those books have been great for us 🙂 So, we have switched around A LOT with Math so far.

    For Reading, We started with “100 Easy Lessons” to teach your child to read. Then, we switched to the McGuffey Readers. The vocabulary lists were becoming tiresome in the 100 Easy Lessons.

    For Handwriting Practice, we did Memoria Press’ Copybook 1 and “Handwriting Without Tears” (the first grade one) for printing. We started Cursive as well and used Classical Conversations PreScripts the basic one.

    That is all our individual topics. We do Picture books, history, our Classical Conversations Memory work, fun Read Alouds, Poetry, Music and Art “study”, etc. In our Morning Time. I have used so many resources in our Morning Time….it would take too long to list. But, I basically read a lot during this time. We have made use of our library a lot (especially before this COVID-19 stuff hit). We sing songs, too during this time.

    Anyway, I think that covers most of what we have done this year.


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