Here are our homeschool curriculum choices for grades 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 (we will have 5 school-age plus two “preschool” level children). I spent several hours researching, comparing prices, and ordering all of our core subjects!
I share our homeschool curriculum choices so that you can get an idea of what works – for us. It does not mean you should use these, but it is an idea-starter for you.
I have had (other) favorite curriculum programs over the years but they have not always worked for multiple children. So, I have had to change things as I added more children to our homeschool — although, I DO feel that our choices are amazing for teaching multiple children at once!
It takes a few years of homeschooling to really find your groove, routine, natural learning/teaching style, and the resources that work well for your family. We have landed on these specific programs 10+ years into homeschooling.
Homeschool Curriculum Sources:
Foundations Phonics: Easy Lessons for Early Learners
Language Lessons for a Living Education 1
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Student Book 1]
Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level K
Educating the Wholehearted Child
American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Facsimile Edition)
Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Grades 2, 3, 5, 6, 10
10th-Grade Core Subjects:
Math: Teaching Textbooks (3.0/4.0) Geometry. My oldest used TT for 8th & 9th grades and we have really liked it. It is online, teaches through text/voice/visual instructions, and it is all graded automatically through their program!
Language Arts/Grammar: IEW Fix-it Grammar book 5. He has been working through the series the last few years and will continue through all 6 books. While this focuses on grammar, he is getting writing practice as well since he rewrites every lesson after editing it.
History: Master Books World History. After completing Compass Classroom‘s American History last year, he wanted to explore world history and the program from MB looks great. We also will be reading books that go along with Tapestry of Grace year 3 rhetoric together and I am very excited about reading a lot to my children this year!
Science: Master Books Survey of Astronomy. After using Apologia’s‘ General Science and Compass Classroom‘s Devotional Biology the last couple of years, my oldest wanted to dive into astronomy this year and MB fit the need! Chemistry is the typical science course for tenth-grade, but I am all about encouraging my child’s interests and benefiting from the flexibility of homeschooling!
Elementary Core Subjects:
Math: Master Books Math Lessons For A Living Education. We have been using this series for several years and we love it for teaching multiple grades at once. We have used all levels more than once (1-6). It takes a Charlotte Mason approach and is gentle yet effective.
Language Arts: Master Books Language Lessons For A Living Education. This will be our second year using this series. We also used and loved their Foundations Phonics book(last year). I have found this series to work well for us when teaching multiple children.
History: Tapestry of Grace year 3 lower grammar, upper grammar, and dialectic levels. We are reading their literature selections (living history books), but not doing much else from the program – some social studies, geography, etc. will be included. I love doing history with my children this way. I read the books out loud from various ToG levels to all of my children. We all get a well-rounded perspective of history.
Science: We always use a variety of living science books, textbooks, DVDs, journaling/notebooking, and real-life experiences for elementary science. You can read more about our science studies HERE. My children are also actively involved with caring for the animals on our mini-farm, gardening, and all that comes with that.
Whether you are a new homeschool mom or have been homeschooling for several years, the one thing you need to remember is that (independently) homeschooling allows you freedom & flexibility! Use those to your family’s benefit.