It is time for the annual “Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop! I participated in this last year, and it was much fun. The link-up has a new home this year at iHomeschool Network.
Up this week: CURRICULUM! Most homeschool moms are curious about what other families are using, and it’s nice to get some ideas as well if you’re still struggling with choosing curriculum for the year. Here’s what we’ll be venturing into this school year:
Our core will revolve around Tapestry of Grace’s Year 1–Ancient History (Creation to the fall of Rome). This is going to allow us all to study the same topics together. It includes History, English, Writing, Literature, Fine Arts, Bible History, plus a little Government and Philosophy. It is quite classical in its approach, but I’ve been leaning that direction for a couple of years now, so it fits where I was heading! I’m immersing myself in the teacher’s guide right now, and let me tell you–I’m going to be learning a lot along with my kids!
Along with Tapestry, for my high schoolers we’ll be using Math-U-See Geometry
This will be the 2nd year for Math-U-See. Last year I did just fine helping with Algebra–I was good at Algebra in high school. This year, not so confident. I would never have made it through Geometry without my dad’s help. I just cannot reason my way through those stupid proofs and theorems. That’s why I’m really grateful for the video teachings of this curriculum–and you can bet that I’ll be sitting down with them and watching!
We’ll also be using Apologia’s high school Biology.
Fortunately, our homeschool co-op is having a dissection class for high schoolers to go along with their Biology requirements. Yay! No gross dissections in my house!
And, I’m adding in a separate inductive Bible study this year, which I am super excited about! I’ll be reviewing this one throughout the year as we use it. From Precept Ministries, we’ll be studying Joseph, which fits perfectly with our Tapestry focus for the year!
Now, on to my 6th grader!
Besides the Tapestry core, we’ll be using Apologia’s Who is God? from their “What We Believe” worldview series. I picked this up at the 2:1 Conference last spring, and I’m really looking forward to walking with my youngest through this amazing curriculum.
For math, we’ll continue with Horizons. We have last year’s book to finish up and then we’ll be moving on to 6th grade math.
I’m still debating on what to do for her for science. She is so interested in marine animals, so I might pick up this one from Apologia:
We shall see.
And that’s what we’ll be doing this year! I’m looking forward to reading about others’ plans for the year.
(Just so you know, none of these links are affiliate links. I did receive a set of the Joseph curriculum free, for review purposes.)