Our 2014 – 2015 Homeschool Curriculum Choices


I love helping new homeschoolers, I love when they ask for advice or want to hear our story. I admit, however, that I backstep a little every time someone asks what curriculum we use.

That’s a hard question to answer for two reasons. One, just because something works for us doesn’t mean it will work for others. Two, we don’t use just one curriculum; we’re hodgepodge homeschoolers.

Last year I wrote a post about what we were using for the 2013-2014 school year and now that I think we have everything for 2014-2015 figured out I’m going to post our plans.

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Some things to know about us:

We’re relaxed homeschoolers. We don’t believe in introducing formal education before 7, even 8 with certain kids. We don’t bother with scope & sequences. Our teens work with state graduation and college admission goals in mind but our schooling is dictated by what the kids are interested in.

Our goal is to produce well-rounded adults who know how to express themselves, how to form their own thoughts & opinions, and how to find the information the need to learn whatever they want or need to learn.

All grades are ~ish, meaning they work at their level. I’ve provided what grades they would be in if they were in public school. As we homeschool year-round you may see two different programs listed for any given subject. You’ll also notice that almost everything is taught to multiple kids at the same time.

We will add in more things and we will change some things. Sometimes great opportunities come by that we weren’t expecting or something doesn’t work out as we thought it would. Thankfully homeschooling gives us the flexibility to change direction as needed.

And now, the list!
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Miss Grown-Up (18, finishing 12th grade)

Miss Grown-Up only has 1.5 math credits to complete. She will be using Teaching Textbooks Geometry and Algebra 2 and we’re anticipating a graduation date of December, 2014.

Additionally she works a job that is almost full-time and she volunteers with a local wish-granting organization.

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Miss Universe (almost 16, 11th grade)

Reading: Independent

Language arts: I planned on doing a year of non-fiction reading & writing but M.U. asked if we could do Shakespeare instead. We don’t have a plan yet, she just wants to read the plays and I’ll provide the materials she needs.

As she is new to Shakespeare she is starting with Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children. This book provides beautiful (LOL, really!) introductions to some of my favorite Shakespeare plays.

When that is finished (actually, she’s already finished it! She’s ahead of the game I guess) I’ll have her pick a play to start on (she’s picked Much Ado About Nothing) and she’ll read it using Spark Notes as needed. I’ll be adding in a lot of streaming media (David Tennant as Hamlet, yes please!) and writing assignments as she goes.

Math:
-Algebra 2, Teaching Textbooks

Social Studies: We are finishing up Big History Project with a focus on the Big History DVDs.

Science:
-Chemistry from Friendly Chemistry is our current plan, but this may change

Electives: Drama & musical theater

Volunteer: Assistant teacher at community theater

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Miss Dreamer (11, 6th grade)

Reading: Independent with one non-fiction book per month

Language arts:
-Writing journal & editing using Super Grammar and Igniting Your Writing.

Math: Finishing APlusTutorSoft 5 (use code MGROOMS for 20% off!) then we’ll jump into Teaching Textbooks.

Social Studies: We’re starting the year with a unit study of Medieval Europe using some of the following resources:

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build
Medieval Life
The Horrible, Miserable Middle Ages
Redwall
Professor Noggin’s Medieval History Card Game

Science:
-Biology 2 from Pandia Press

Electives:
-Art classes at the local art museum
-Drama & musical theatre at the local community theatre

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Mister Man (9, 4th grade)

Reading: Independent with a focus on transitioning into longer chapter books

Language arts:
-Writing journal & editing using Super Grammar and Igniting Your Writing.

Math: Finishing APlusTutorSoft 5 (use code MGROOMS for 20% off!) then we’ll jump into Teaching Textbooks.

Social Studies: We’re starting the year with a unit study of Medieval Europe using some of the following resources:

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build
Medieval Life
The Horrible, Miserable Middle Ages
Redwall
Professor Noggin’s Medieval History Card Game

Science:
-Biology 2 from Pandia Press

Electives:
-Art classes at the local art museum
-Drama & musical theatre at the local community theatre

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Mister Giggles (7, 2nd grade)

Reading: Independent with a focus on transitioning to beginner chapter books

Language arts: Continuing handwriting, will introduce cursive using materials from Enchanted Learning.

Math: APlusTutorSoft 2 (use code MGROOMS to get 20% off!)

Social Studies: We’re starting the year with a unit study of Medieval Europe using some of the following resources:

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build
Medieval Life
The Horrible, Miserable Middle Ages
Redwall
Professor Noggin’s Medieval History Card Game

Science:
-Biology 2 from Pandia Press, he’ll just be following along with his older siblings.

Electives:
-Art classes at the local art museum (possibly…I’m not sure he’s ready for a classroom situation yet)

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  • Heidi Strawser

    I like your philosophy on formal education and not necessarily having to introduce it early on. I’m posting our 10th and 3rd grade curriculum choices tomorrow morning, and I feel like I have to explain myself where Ian is concerned because I’ve been so relaxed with him (maybe it’s my fault, because I wasn’t so relaxed with the girls). Anyway, I also appreciate that you are teaching to develop a well-rounded child. Your choices sound great!