Our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-18 school year!
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This year I will be teaching a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old, and my how things will look different this year. Up until about May of last year, our kids’ schooling could best be described as being kids. They played with their toys, read books, built things, and played outside. We had a very, very loose curriculum that suited their personalities and learning style.
This year my kids are ready for big kid work. For the past couple of years I have purchased workbooks, much like these Brain Quest workbooks, and one day a week we would have workbook time. The other days were library day, game day, Magic School Bus kit day, and one day for homeschool outings or errands. Homeschool is all about adjusting, and I felt the kids needed something more challenging than just workbooks this year.
Homeschool Curriculum 2017
For the first time ever, I purchased a curriculum for our homeschool needs. We chose the curriculum Build Your Library (BYL) because it is literature based and it’s also a secular curriculum. The bulk of our school work will be done from this curriculum. We are starting with grade 1 because why not?! BYL is easily adaptable for kids of all ages so I figured we would start there and work our way into the curriculum. BYL includes history, literature, science, art, and language arts.
Other Subject Areas
BYL doesn’t include math so we are continuing our work with Life of Fred. My kids LOVE Fred and the storytelling way it teaches math.
We will also continue our state unit study. I am introducing each state in order they were admitted to the union. As well as learning the state bird, state flower, and state flag, I purchased the USA activity pack from The Crafty Classroom which are a great intro to each state. We also read several picture books about each state or the people from the state. The Discover America State by State is a great series to start with. I aim for three picture books and one chapter book.
Spiral Notebook Method
I started using spiral notebooks to simplify my homeschool after reading this post! We write today’s date, Life of Fred answers, definitions, and any other assignments they need to complete. It really is a simple and efficient way of keeping track of all our school work.
There you have it! Our school plans for the 2017-2018 school year. It’s going to look much different from our past years and more challenging for all of us. What does your homeschool look like this year? What curriculums are you using?