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As I visit with other homeschool moms, this question always surfaces, “What curriculum do you use?”  Well, for me, this list is ever-changing!  I tend to be a little ADHD when it comes to choosing curriculum!  But, my style stays the same.  For the most part, we follow a mix of Charlotte Mason methods and Classical methods. For more about the differences between homeschooling methods, check out 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child’s Learning Style

This is an example of our “typical” learning process:

  1. Introduce a topic with memory work.
  2. Find a book (or two or three or ten) that matches the memory work.
  3. Continue drilling the memory work, while “making it real” with living books.

As you look at my curriculum choices, please remember that they may be different tomorrow!

The Entire Family- together

  • History
    • Classical Conversations- focus on American history
    • Books that support our memory work from Classical Conversations
  • Science
    • Classical Conversations-focus on Anatomy, Chemistry, and Origins
    • Books that support our memory work from Classical Conversations
  • Bible- The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos
  • Read-alouds-Various books that relate to the historical time period we are studying
  • Fine Arts- We study Fine Arts with our Classical Conversations group.  At home, we expand the topics with books.

First-Born (4th grade)

  • Reading – various living books- 30 minutes of fiction and 30 minutes of non-fiction each day
  • Saxon math level 5/4
  • Essentials Grammar from Classical Conversations
  • Institute for Excellence in Writing-U.S. History
  • Spelling- He uses three, but not at the same time. ( I told you I might be ADHD!)
    • All About Spelling – level 4 (We use this while CC is not in session.  It takes longer, but is worth it.)
    • IEW’s Phonetic Zoo- Level A (We use this while CC is in session. It is quick, easy, and effective.)
    • Spelling City- I input his words from AAS and IEW into Spelling City.
  • Xtramath.org- for math fact practice.  Here is my review of Xtramath.
  • Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting- level D
  • Practice Guitar- 15 minutes
  • Typing- Typing Instructor for Kids

Middle Man (2nd grade)

  • Reading- read various living books for 30 minutes per day
  • Saxon Math- level 2
  • Flashmaster- for math fact practice.  Here is my review of the Flashmaster.
  • Handwriting-  He does two!
    • A Reason for Handwriting- Level B- for manuscript
    • Pencil Pete- for cursive
  • Saxon Phonics 1, Home Study Kit
  • Spelling-He uses three, but not at the same time.
    • Saxon Phonics has spelling incorporated into it.  While CC is in session, this is the only spelling that we do.
      • All About Spelling-level 2  (We use this while CC is not in session.  It takes longer, but is worth it.)
      • Spelling City- I input the words from Saxon Phonics and AAS into Spelling City.
  • Piano- practice for 15 minutes.  This is his book:  Teaching Little Fingers to Play: A Book for the Earliest Beginner (John Thompsons Modern Course for The Piano)

Short Stuff (4 years old)

  • Saxon Math- kindergarten
  • Saxon Phonics K, Home Study Kit
  • Handwriting-Pencil Pete
  • Other
    • puzzles
    • coloring
    • read-alouds
      • Check out this preschool living book list by Simply Charlotte Mason.  Read every book on this list!