When I meet another homeschooler, often one of the first questions asked is, “What curriculum do you use?” Maybe it’s just a conversation topic. Maybe we’re looking for new ideas. Maybe we want to compare our teaching styles. Whatever the reason, the topic of curriculum seems to come up often.
For me, it’s actually a question that doesn’t have an easy answer. I don’t stick to any one curriculum across all subjects and, in many cases, I don’t stay with the same curriculum in a subject from one year to the next. Since I review a lot of curricula, we have to change our schedule frequently to try out new things. Sometimes the review item is something we love, so I either add it to our current plans or substitute it for something we were already using. Sometimes, we just use the item for a month or so and move on or save it for another year. I’m sure this would drive some people crazy, but I love it!
This is our basic plan for this year (7th grade):
Math: No Nonsense Algebra, IXL
Language Arts: Lightening Literature, Write with the World, Excellence in Literature (2nd semester), Vocab Videos
History: We’re studying Rome through the Renaissance, using Diana Waring’s Materials as a spine. I also have Truth Quest (Reformation/Renaissance) from last year’s review that we’ll use.
Science: Apologia, TOPS Magnets
Spanish: Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day, Rosetta Stone (if I ever get my desktop computer fixed)
Art: Artistic Pursuits, Imagination Station (recorded from PBS years ago)
Bible: The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study Bible Survey, Discovering Our Amazing God, Apologia’s Who’s My Neighbor—We’ll be doing a lot of switching around here!
Many of these books have been review items in the past couple of years—the Schoolhouse Review team has been a great blessing to me!