Well, another homeschool year has begun…in October! With finishing last year’s curriculum! How’s that for an overly-organized, we-will-stick-to-the-schedule plan? Yeah…
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21
I love reading about other bloggers’ curriculum choices (this one is my favorite), so I thought I’d share the resources we use at King Academy.
Resources for Planning:
- The Well-Trained Mind: this book is an amazing guide to classical education at home.
- The Lesson Plan Ladies: a new site launched by three sweet ladies in Texas offers lesson plans for pre-kindergarten, with kindergarten through fourth grade to be added. I’m looking forward to this being a time-saver for me!
- For preschool, we’re using Before Five in a Row to give a little structure to our lessons.
- I use this Classical Reading List for the kids’ assigned reading.
- I’ve taught two kids with The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. Combined with building skills from our spelling program, they’ve come a long way in forming a strong phonics background and have become great readers!
- So many free audiobooks at this site!
- Writing With Ease: I’ve used levels 1-3 so far and plan to purchase level 4 in a few weeks. I have mixed feelings about these books but haven’t looked at other writing programs in detail. I love what the kids should learn from these, but sometimes our actual lessons go…without ease.
- After ditching two other programs, I’ve fallen in love with All About Spelling. It is pricey, but I’ve found it to be worth every penny! I can truly sit down with the kids, open the book, and teach. A strong phonics emphasis and a variety of learning methods make this a great choice. When I closed the book today, one kid actually groaned and asked for more word practice! (Please do not think my kids spend all day begging for more lessons. No, a thousand times, no.)
- First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: My nerdy side comes out in teaching these lessons—I love it! The books have a heavy emphasis on memorization, with more application showing up in level 3, our current level.
- We use Saxon math. I’ve used levels 1-3, with 4/5 already purchased and ready to go! It requires very little teacher prep, which makes this busy mama happy! It progresses at a good pace with plenty of review built in.
- The Story of the World: I love the chronological, worldwide approach this series uses! I love exploring other cultures and countries with the kids through these books. I do extensive prep work before starting a level (many hours) and about 30 minutes of work before each week starts. We’ve used levels 2 and 3 with plans to pick up level 4 and 1 in the future.
- We’ve used R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey for a year of life science, which I really enjoyed. It has a good balance of reading, writing, and hands-on activities. Moderate prep work is required for some units. I’m hoping to start the chemistry book sometime this year.
- We started the Prima Latina book last winter. I liked it much more than another curriculum we tried for a semester due to its open-and-teach format with plenty of ready-made activities for the kids in the workbook. We’ve put it aside for now in order to focus on the basics, but I would love to add it back.
I’ve used various music appreciation programs, tried teaching piano lessons, and depended on other people to teach art. My kids have typically struggled to complete the basic subjects well, so mandating fine arts has just resulted in long days and frustrated people. I’ve set all this aside for now, trying to free up more time to let the kids’ individual interests come out. In the near future, I plan to require the kids to pick some fine arts area to study in a more self-directed way.
There you go! What resources are your favorites?