For the first three years of formal math instruction, we happily used Miquon Math. We loved the short lessons, the colorful yet not distracting workbooks, and the use of Cuisenaire rods. But the curriculum only goes through 3rd grade. Come 4th grade, we were going to need a new math curriculum. We have many friends who happily use Math-U-See, and we thought about it ourselves.
After two decades of homeschooling, I sometimes look back and see things I wish I had done differently. If I could do it over, I would get more of Susan K. Marlow’s exciting and wholesome books for my family to enjoy. The Circle C Ranch books are written in several series from beginning readers to teens and, unlike many series, they remain interesting. In fact, I
There are few books as suited to finding homeschool rabbit trails as The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. I’m sure you know the story: A family with four boys was shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. Because they had been planning to set up a colony, the ship was full of useful supplies, but getting them onto the island was an adventure in
We are using Heart of Dakota Bigger Hearts for His Glory as our spine this year (3rd Grade) and one of the suggested items within that curriculum is Cheerful Cursive (which can be purchased at Mastery Publications, the makers). My son, who is almost nine, has NEVER enjoyed writing. EVER. I have worked really hard to get him to at least not completely hate it.
Science is actually why I finally decided to homeschool. How could I tell my son (then in 6th Grade) to trust and respect his teachers and yet tell him that what they were teaching him was incorrect and not to believe / follow it (specifically when they would teach about evolution). That was the final straw for me. It was time to bring him home!
It’s no secret that I LOVE the Writing & Rhetoric series from Classical Academic Press. We’ve tried many different writing programs and this is at the top of our favorite curriculum list – even my daughter would agree! The second book in the series, Narrative I, focuses on using stories like fables and myths to teach various writing principles. Take a peek at the program
This past September, I made my biggest curriculum mistake yet. I had researched and thought and finally purchased a curriculum. But when it came time to start school, I realized that I would have to do heavy editing to make the curriculum match my student’s level. I set it aside and bought another curriculum–happily, one that we have been making progress in all year long.
Science is not the subject I excel at so when I find something that helps me teach, I use it! Tops Learning Systems are a perfect fit for us – each book is filled with easy, hands-on projects that teach scientific concepts in a natural way. TOPS Science: Teach Science with Simple Things TOPS Science is a non-profit organization that produces great science activity books