Homeschool Curriculum Picks for 2018-2019

It’s August already! I am not sure where the time went! We won’t be starting “school” till after Labor Day, but I’ve been working on plans.  I will have a 12th grader who will be taking classes at the local community college. And then I will be homeschooling a 10th, 8th, and 5th grader.

Here’s what we plan to do, and what we’re going to use to do it!

LANGUAGE ARTS

My 5th grader will use:

My 8th grader will use:

My 10th grader will use:

Everyone will participate in:

MATH

My 5th grader will use:

My 8th grader will use:

My 10th grader will use a combination of:

All three will use:

CRITICAL THINKING

My 5th grader will use:

My 8th & 10th graders will use:

Everyone will do:

LITERATURE & HISTORY

My 5th grader will use:

My 8th grader will use:

My 10th grader will use:

All three will use:

SCIENCE

My 5th grader will use:

My 8th grader will concentrate on forensic science using:

My 10th grader will use:

In addition, I am hoping to do nature journaling once a month or so with these references to help inspire us:

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

My 5th grader will use:

My 8th grader will use:

My 10th grader will use:

ART

My 5th grader will use:

My 8th & 10th graders will continue with:

All three will do:

MUSIC

My 5th grader will use:

My 8th and 10th graders will listen to:

And I think that’s it! It looks like a lot all typed out here, but I’m feeling excited!

4 thoughts to “Homeschool Curriculum Picks for 2018-2019”

  1. Thanks for sharing! I know that you have used separate levels of Bookshark for each of your kids for the last few years, rather than try to combine some of them in levels. Can I ask why you choose to do it this way and what the benefits are? I debate endlessly about whether to try and combine some of my boys (I have four…ages 4-11) and make my life easier, or to give them each their own levels so that they each don’t “miss” things.

  2. Hi! So, for backstory, my kids are all 2 years apart, except there are 3 years between #3 and #4. When we first started (with Sonlight, pre-BookShark days) I combined #1 & #2 and it worked great. They started out doing Sonlight Core B together and stayed together through Core G, at which time #1 did a high school level core and #2 did Core H because he wasn’t quite ready for that. I didn’t combine #3 with them, because by the time he was ready, they were already in Core D and I thought that was a bit much for him, so I started him with an earlier level. I didn’t want to combine them into a lower core, because the other two had already done those. Then, by the time #4 was ready it was much the same story.

    I would have preferred to combine more, but that’s just the way it worked out. Combining in the younger years is definitely easier! That said, I have seen some benefits to not combining as the kids get older, namely that my kids work at different paces and it actually feels easier to have them separate so that if one of them cannot drag themselves out of bed (a very common occurrence these days!), they aren’t holding the other ones up. Also, if someone is in a bad mood (another common occurrence!) they don’t hold the other one up by dragging their feet. Having them separate also gives me some built-in one-on-one time with them every day, which I really love. Combining was fun too though, and I miss those days when I was reading with a kid on each side of me! Both ways are nice, and I don’t think you can go wrong. I like the combining when possible when they are younger, but it has felt easier to me as they get older for them to have their own thing.

    1. Thank you for the thorough response! My boys are all a little over 2 years apart as well. They are all rather competitive that I sometimes wonder if they’d prefer to be on their own cores (I’m debating between Bookshark, Build Your Library, and doing something more family-style). It’s just hard for me to imagine doing all of that reading aloud, though, when they all still seem to need so much one-on-one time for a lot of other subjects still. I think I’m going to go with the approach of family learning with each one reading their own readers at their individual levels. But then the idea of not having a laid-out schedule makes me worry that I won’t be consistent enough! LOL, the brains of a homeschool mom…a scary thing! Thanks again and best wishes for your school year!

      1. One thing I also should have mentioned is that I think we finished a BookShark level in one year exactly…once. Every other time we have carried some reading into the summer or even through the fall of the next year. Or we ended up skipping a few books. The way I handled all the read-alouds was to figure out how much time I could devote to it each day per kid, and then we just did what we could during that time, even if we didn’t finish all the readings. I think your approach of family & independent learning sounds great! But I hear you on the fear of not having a laid out schedule! It’s so hard to decide what to do! I am constantly rethinking everything and I’m pretty sure by the time I have it all figured out everyone will have moved out. Best wishes to you and your family too!

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