Thursday, December 4, 2014

Home School

This has nothing to do with crafts.  I wanted to write about something that I have been thinking about for a long time.  I home school some of my children.  I have done k12 (free online public school) in the past.  I really liked it, but this year I wanted to come up with my own curriculum.  I was torn with so many options. I read many blogs, websites, and asked many people their opinions.  In the search for the best curriculum for my children I have come across some awesome websites that I wanted to share. 

1. Layers of Learning : This by far is our favorite.  I can use their units for my whole family.  This year we are starting with their first year and it is ancient history,   principles of geography, astronomy, motion, atoms & reactions, plants, ancient art, and art principles.  They sell the the units on their website as a PDF, or you can by them in book form from

2.  Reading: My children love the AR (accelerated reading)  program at school.  They don't offer the program for home school.  I did some searching and I found a website out there that does reading tests.  I wanted to make sure my child was understanding what she was reading.  She is not a big test taker, but she loves this website.

3. Spelling: I have some children that are awesome spellers and some that really struggle with it.  I really enjoy the Spelling Workout by Modern Curriculum Press. 

Saxon Math: It is the best math curriculum out there.  It does not have colorful pages, and it is not fluffy, but it is a great math program that is constantly reviewing old concepts with new. 

Language Arts:   I am still trying to find my favorite.  I saw a website I might try.  Has anyone used this for their English? 

1 comment:

Ratliffs said...

I didn't know you were homeschooling again! How fun! We use the Story of the World for our history, Apologia Science books, Singapore Math, an Art program (that I can't remember the name of right now...), the Charlotte Mason book list for our reading, the same spelling as you, and we are trying this language arts program this year.

I love picking your own curriculum! I will have to check out the language arts link...that has been my hardest subject to find something I like in.


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