Monday, August 1, 2016

Our 2016-2017 Homeschool Curriculum


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It's that time of year again where I have spent most of my summer discussing, contemplating,  discerning, feeling sometimes a bit overwhelmed about curriculum decisions and praying about our upcoming homeschool year.  I don't buy a "box curriculum", but rather I pick and choose from several different companies of what I think will work best for each of my children's learning styles and needs.  (That's one of the beauties of homeschooling..being able to meet each child's needs with curriculum choices that I hope will help them thrive, become successful, but most importantly will help them grow closer to our Lord and His Church.)

If interested, here are posts from previous years of what I selected for each child:

2010-2011 Homeschool Curriculum (my kids were 5th, 3rd, 1st grade and a 3 year old) 

2011-2012 Homeschool Curriculum (my kids were 6th, 4th, 2nd grade and a 3 1/2 year old)

2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum (my kids were 7th, 5th, 3rd grade and a 4 year old) 

2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum (my kids were 8th, 6th, 4th, and Kindergarten grade and I just had Baby #5)

2014-2015 Homeschool Curriculum (my kids were 9th, 7th, 5th, 1st grade and a 1 year old)

2015-2016 Homeschool Curriculum (my kids were 10th, 8th, 6th, 2nd grade and a 2 year old)


In this post I will just list the curriculum for each of my children with their ages and in a future post I will try to post our homeschool classroom (which pretty much looks the same from year to year) and our daily homeschool routine based on this year's curriculum. (I'm still working out all the scheduling details...)

*I use baskets and foam board dividers with subject headings to organize each child's books as explained HERE.

*I use one basket for all the Teacher Manuals for the various subjects and the foam boards are used to divide each child's Teacher Manuals so that I can quickly grab them when checking over work.

 * Family Learning Time
After breakfast, we will continue to do things as a family and try some new things this year.  Here is an outline of our morning Family Learning Time with more detail in a later post:

- Couch Catechism
- CNN Student News (free, daily, online 10 min. news briefs that my children look forward to watching each day, Mon.-Fri.  I know CNN is not a favorite news source for many families (including mine), but I really do like how CNN Student News shows are geared toward middle school/high school aged kids.  Note: you can always preview the shows before showing your children.)  
- Couch Conversations (if you have heard of "Morning Baskets" this is what "Couch Conversations" time is just with a different name that I made up.) :)   More details to come, but here are some of the books I plan to use with our Couch Conversations.
Grammar Land
The Harp & Laurel Wreath (learn poetry together)
The Story of the Orchestra
Daily Geography Practice
Memoria Press US States & Capitals Review


Once a week in the afternoon, I hope to do Meet the Masters Track A art program with all the kids that I started several years ago and didn't finish.  (Story of my life!) 

Now onto the curriculum for each child...

Daughter, Grade 11

Religion:
* Couch Catechism with Mom and siblings
* Various service projects throughout the year with our homeschool group/church youth group
*  Mass and Adoration on Fridays with Mom and siblings
*  Once a month Confession
*  Tea Times where we spend time as a family reading over the Gospel readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass and have a fun snack

* Celebrate the liturgical year with faith, food and fun
The History of the Church with workbook


Math:
* Teaching Textbooks, Algebra 2


Literature
* British Literature courses with Homeschool Connections recorded courses with Unlimited Access

Writing/Cursive
* Fiction Writing course with Homeschool Connections recorded courses with Unlimited Access
* Continue with daily cursive practice using Seton's Better Handwriting for Young Catholics 2011 workbook edition

History: 
  * Exploring Government  (since this is an election year the focus for history for all my children will be on government/civics/elections)
  * Continue putting in dates and timeline figures in their "Record of Time": Timeline Notebook Binder (from Homeschool in the Woods) as they read about American history and government.
Science:
* Apologia Chemistry (with a homeschool co-op group)

Extra-Curricular Activities:
* Piano
* Cross-Country with homeschool league
* volunteer at local library
* sing in girls' choir at church
* member of church youth group and youth board 

* baby-sitter for a mom at our parish

Son, Grade 9

Religion:
* Couch Catechism with Mom and siblings
* Various service projects throughout the year with our homeschool group/church youth group
*  Mass and Adoration on Fridays with Mom and siblings
*  Once a month Confession
*  Tea Times where we spend time as a family reading over the Gospel readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass and have a fun snack

* Celebrate the liturgical year with faith, food and fun
* Understanding Scriptures with My Catholic Faith Delivered

* Confirmation prep at home using The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children and Called to Knighthood: The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Kingdom Family of God
* Confirmation prep classes through our parish (as required by our Diocese)

Math:
* Teaching Textbooks, Algebra 1


Literature:
* Poetry and Short Stories American Literature
* PACES Publishing Literature Study Guides: Johnny Tremain (we will be choosing other literature selections throughout year) 

Writing/Cursive 
* IEW US History-Based Writing Lessons (with 12 year old sister)
* Continue with daily cursive practice using Seton's Better Handwriting for Young Catholics 2011 workbook edition

 History: 
* Uncle Sam and You text and workbook with 12 year old sister (since this is an election year the focus for history for all my children will be on government/civics/elections)
* Continue putting in dates and timeline figures in their "Record of Time": Timeline Notebook Binder (from Homeschool in the Woods) as they read about American history and government.

Science: 
* Apologia Biology (with a homeschool co-op group) 

Foreign Language:

Map Skills:

Extra-Curricular Activities:
* Piano
* Soccer team with homeschool league
* altar server at our parish
* member of church youth group 


 Daughter, Grade 7

Religion:
* Couch Catechism with Mom and siblings
* Various service projects throughout the year with our homeschool group/church youth group
*  Mass and Adoration on Fridays with Mom and siblings
*  Once a month Confession
*  Tea Times where we spend time as a family reading over the Gospel readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass and have a fun snack

* Celebrate the liturgical year with faith, food and fun
* The Life of Grace (Faith & Life 7)

Math:
* Rod & Staff 7


Literature:
* Uncle Sam & You Literature Package

Writing/Cursive 
* IEW US History-Based Writing Lessons (with older brother)
* Continue with daily cursive practice using Seton's Better Handwriting for Young Catholics 2011 workbook edition

History: 
* Uncle Sam and You text and workbook with older brother (since this is an election year the focus for history for all my children will be on government/civics/elections.)
* Continue putting in dates and timeline figures in their "Record of Time": Timeline Notebook Binder (from Homeschool in the Woods) as they read about American history and government.

Science: 

Foreign Language:
* American Sign Language (ASL) course with Homeschool Connections recorded courses with Unlimited Access

Map Skills:
Maps, Charts, Graphs

Extra-Curricular Activities:
* Travel Soccer team with local league
*
sing in girls' choir at church
* member of church youth g
roup 

Daughter, Grade 3
Religion:
* Couch Catechism with Mom and siblings
* Various service projects throughout the year with our homeschool group/church youth group
*  Mass and Adoration on Fridays with Mom and siblings
*  Once a month Confession
*  Tea Times where we spend time as a family reading over the Gospel readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass and have a fun snack

* Celebrate the liturgical year with faith, food and fun
* Our Life with Jesus (Faith & Life 3)

Math:
* Rod & Staff 3


Reading:
* Pathway Readers

Writing/Cursive  
* Draw Then Write

 
* Continue with daily cursive practice using Pictures in Cursive Book A

History:
* Our American Heritage 3 Abeka
* Continue putting in dates and timeline figures in their "Record of Time": Timeline Notebook Binder (from Homeschool in the Woods) as they read about American history and government.
* supplement by reading through this huge stack of American government/history books from my personal library

Titles in photo from top to bottom:

Stories of Great Americans For Little Americans
Election Day (older book)
The President's Cabinet and How It Grew
Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
The First Book of the Constitution
How the U.S. Government Works
If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
The Story of Presidential Elections
The Story of the Statue of Liberty
The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Norman Richards
The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Conrad Stein
The Story of the Liberty Bell
The Story of Old Glory
The Story of Mount Vernon
America Votes How Our President is Elected
The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
So You Want to Be President?
Woodrow For President
Marshall the Courthouse Mouse
House Mouse, Senate Mouse
Woodrow, the White House Mouse

Science: 
* a friend of mine who used to teach school gave me a whole bag full of The Magic School Bus Science Club science kits on various topics so we are going to try to do these kits throughout the year .

Foreign Language:

Map Skills:
Maps, Charts, Graphs

Extra-Curricular Activities:
* Gymnastics classes
*
sing in girls' choir at church

Daughter, Age 3 

* She will be going to the Good Shepherd montessori program at our church one day a week for a few hours.
* I'm in the process of planning activities for her to do independently and with her older siblings as I work with my children on a rotating schedule. I've been looking through these books for ideas:
Catholic ABC's from Catholic Icing
The Preschooler's Busy Book
A Year of Fun Just for Three's 
Seasonal Activities for 3 Year Olds    

I am currently sketching out our schedule with the curriculum I have chosen.  I've been busy jotting down notes and schedules as rough drafts trying to figure out what will work best for our family.  But, even when the best plans are made and laid out, it doesn't always go as "planned."  So we will see how it all goes. I hope to do a post on our daily routine soon using our curriculum.
 
 
I'm not sure which day exactly I will be starting our school year, but it will be soon!  

May you have a blessed 2016-2017 school year whether you are called to the homeschooling lifestyle or not!

 



4 comments:

Chris said...

wow, what a full and exciting post! You know I'll be lurking on all your HS posts...I need to get my "fix," even tho I won't be HSing any longer....I'm still a curriculum junkie!

So clever, how you have your book system set up...and it looks so attractive too.

Good luck and God bless, Tracy, on your journey this year! Your kids are very blessed to have you!

This is awesome Tracy.
With one child at home, mine is boring. LOL
I love your book system as well.

Thank you for blessing me with your organizational skills.
Love this.
Em

Thanks so much Chris! Once a curriculum junkie, always a curriculum junkie! :) LOL! I can relate to that! :) Thanks for stopping in and may your year be blessed! Your boys have been prepared well for what adventures still lie ahead for them (and you!) :)

Thanks Emily!
May your year be blessed!

Thanks for stopping in!

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