Homeschool convention season is wrapping up. While at the conventions, many of us heard encouraging speakers and discovered new information and techniques that will help us teach our children more effectively. Now that we’re back at home and armed with great information, it’s time to for us to sit down, sort out our thoughts, and make curriculum selections for the upcoming school year.
We describe ourselves as eclectic homeschoolers. The word eclectic means deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. This definition describes exactly how we chose our homeschool curriculum. For eclectic homeschoolers like me, this means there are many curriculum options to consider.
Our eclectic approach allows us to meet our goal of providing the girlies with the educational materials that best suit their specific educational needs. We’ve never been able to accomplish this goal using a single curriculum, so we love to use an “educational medley” that allows us to create exactly what the girlies (Grade 3 and Grade 5 ) need.
The curriculum we have finally settled upon comes from a variety of sources. Some choices are old favorites that have served us well. We’re looking forward to continuing our journeys through Story of the World, Horizons Math/Spelling, and several Spectrum workbooks. We’re excited about our newest educational addition, a Bible based curriculum that will cover a variety of subjects via interesting unit studies. World of Adventure Volume 1 by home based company Learning Adventures, will serve as the backbone of our studies and will provide our girlies with a fun, interesting, and well balanced education. (I sincerely thank my dear friend Robin for introducing it to us.)
Though a new school year is still a few months away, I’m excited about what’s to come! I think our eclectic selection unit studies, online classes, workbooks, private lessons, and co-op classes will give the girlies exactly what they need and want. In addition, I’ll have some neat teaching opportunities.
Want to know the specifics of what we’re learning? Check out the curriculum chart below. All entries in the chart are clickable links that will take you to the direct publisher. However, I buy our materials from wherever I can find the best price (Ebay, online curriculum swaps, local homeschool curriculum sales, and brick and Mortar stores including Walmart, Staples, Office Max, and Joann Fabric).
|Grade 3||Grade 5|
|Bible||World of Adventure||World of Adventure|
|Math||Horizons Math 3||Horizons Math 5|
|Reading||World of Adventure|
Spectrum Reading 3
|World of Adventure
Spectrum Reading 5
|Science||World of Adventure||World of Adventure|
|Social Studies/Geography||World of Adventure|
Spectrum Geography 3
|World of Adventure
Spectrum Geography 4
|History||Story of the World Vol 3||Story of the World Vol 3|
|Grammar||Easy Grammar 3||Easy Grammar 5|
|Spelling||Horizons Spelling 3||World of Adventure|
|Writing||Excellence in Writing||Excellence in Writing|
|Vocabulary||Wordly Wise 3||Wordly Wise 5|
Have you started planning for the new homeschool year?
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