Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

As this homeschool year comes to a close, many homeschoolers are searching for curriculum to use next year. I wanted to gather all of our curriculum choices posts for you in one place, as well as all of our specific individual curriculum and educational toy reviews. I hope this post helps you browse around and gather ideas.

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

First, here are direct links to all of our curriculum choices posts. You’ll see a year-end review post for the past couple of years. My kids are currently finishing up 2nd, 5th, and 9th so those will be coming soon. I am also planning to do some individual curriculum reviews for some of the subjects we had this year. If you would like to request a review of a particular curriculum we have used, please comment and let me know.

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Reviews

Over the years I have done many individual reviews, some for sponsors, and some just on my own. I organized these into categories below so you can easily browse around! Many of these posts have video reviews included, if you prefer to see all video reviews, here is our playlist containing product reviews!

Math

Literacy

Science

Geography

Bible

Art and Music

Foreign Language

Technology

Educational Toys

It’s quite possible I missed a review I have done, but I did my best to gather them all here! If there is a specific curriculum you see we have used that you would like a more in depth review of, please comment and let me know. I will be sharing our year-end grade level reviews as my children finish up for the year!



The First Month of 9th Grade Homeschool

9th Grade

In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids.  I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. 

Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for him. 

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9th grade has brought many changes for our oldest son!  He is no longer doing “group subjects” with his younger siblings, and is working on his own for everything!  I am more involved with him this year and really enjoying my time with him.

We use Lessontrek for weekly planning. Here’s a peek at one of his recent lesson plans. I type them up each weekend to prepare for Monday. He uses this to guide him through his week. At the end of the week I record all of his grades from the paper into Lessontrek online since we use their Gradebook feature.

Lessontrek Lesson Plan 9th Grade

 

WRITING

One of our big changes is with writing. This is our first year using IEW and so far so good! He is using Student Writing intensive Level C and I am watching the DVD classes with him and then he works on his own.

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Honestly, it was a bit strange at first, so different than what we used previously. We are in the middle of unit 4 now and I am certain we made the right decision! This is a better fit for us and the whole subject of writing is flowing better now.

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SPANISH

I am in LOVE with Homeschool Spanish Academy!  They offered to give us free classes to see if we liked it and I am blown away! DEFINITELY a good fit for us! He takes two classes a week with a private teacher via Skype! The teachers are located in Guatemala and are fluent in Spanish and English. He has learned so much already and I just love that I don’t have to do ANYthing. I was dreading high school foreign language credit and now I am not.

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HISTORY

Notgrass World History is another new curriculum for us and I am in love with this one too! We began with plans to earn the History and Bible credit {this course offers 3 credits if you do it entirely – English, History, Bible}. After about a week, we decided to drop the Bible portion and just earn the history credit. He is eliminating the Bible memory work, extra Bible reading and Bible projects. We never planned on him using this as an English credit, so there’s some eliminated by dropping that.  The history credit alone is enough work and we feel it is a great fit.

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He works a lot on his own, but comes to me for quizzes and tests.  Below he was taking a history quiz at my desk. 

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FINANCE

We LOVE Foundations in Personal Finance! Originally I planned on him doing this independently but I have enjoyed the videos, and we have great discussion a few times a week! This is a great course!!!

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SCIENCE

Ahhh, science. Daddy is in charge of science. BUT I am getting a tad bit more interested. Apologia Biology is great but hasn’t been the easiest for him. After module 2 we decided to purchase the DVD to see if it would help. We LOVE the DVD!!!  It is definitely an investment, but one we decided was worth it. The video lessons are so well done and even my son admitted they were really helpful. His score on the module 3 test was significantly better than his scores on test 1 and 2!

Apologia Biology DVD

 

GEOGRAPHY

We both love Northstar Geography. He does this almost 100% on his own, I love the layout, organization of the lessons, and all that he is learning.

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MATH

Teaching Textbooks Geometry is definitely not easy, but I can’t imagine doing this without Teaching Textbooks! He does this on his own and is doing well, but he has learned that studying well for the tests is very important now. Math has come easily for him, but this is a bit more challenging as he learns all new concepts and ideas with a lot of memorization required.

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ALL THE REST

Although not an official school subject, his computer-love is going strong!  He has been building his own computer for almost a year now and recently he get some of the final parts. He showed an interest and we had 3 old CPUs sitting in storage and we told him he could take them apart and do whatever he wanted to learn! He mostly learned through dissecting those and using working parts to build one and then buying parts he needed. I had no idea he would be able to do what he can do, I thought he would just mess around with our old broken computers for awhile. Turns out he was able to teach himself a LOT! I’ve lost the ability to comprehend it all. So proud of his ability to learn, save $, and work through tough issues to reach success!! Here’s a video on Instagram showing the moment he started it up!

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Other fun news, he decided to join a year round swim team! We are looking forward to the new adventure as a swim family as we support him! That’s him in one of those lanes swimming!

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A Recap of his curriculum…

Science ~ Apologia Biology with DVD

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Geometry

Writing ~ IEW SIW C and The Elegant Essay

World History ~ Notgrass

Geography ~ Northstar

Spanish ~ Homeschool Spanish Academy

Finance ~ Foundations in Personal Finance

Reading  ~ See book list here {which will most likely grow}

 

Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. Stay tuned for a wrap-up all about 5th grade and one about 2nd grade!

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Teaching Textbooks Math Works For Us!

We Love Teaching Textbooks Math

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Both of my boys have used Teaching Textbooks math for 2 years now. Our daughter is starting this year!  I get asked a lot about this choice for our family and wanted to share our thoughts!

We came from Calvert Math and Singapore Math, and the short answer to the change was simplicity. I needed a more student-directed math rather than a teacher-intensive math program.

Levels we have used…

For Krash ~

For PacMan ~

Ladybug is just beginning Math 3 this year for 2nd grade! So far it is her favorite subject and I am hoping the love continues! I am listening in on her lessons as she adjusts to the computer and I am so impressed with the lessons. I love continual review for math and really feel TT gives just enough without going overboard.

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Before we made the decision to use Teaching Textbooks, I researched and I researched, and I researched more. Seriously, I probably read every blog post and review out there. In the end we decided to give it a try and my husband and I decided if we didn’t feel it was thorough enough and their end of grade test scores suffered we would revaluate.

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We have revaluated and are sticking with Teaching Textbooks! It is working for our boys and their test scores are proving that so far! Our state requires testing so this year we used the CAT online and I took a screenshot of their math scores so you can see. Krash scored in the 99th percentile and Pac scored in the 94th percentile. I took screenshots from their results page.

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A bit of background about my boys. Pac is actually our natural learner, he learns easily and math has always been a subject he doesn’t mind and even enjoys most of the time. Krash struggles with auditory processing so we really like the visual portion of TT for him and it HAS helped. I honestly wasn’t expecting Krash to do so well on his end of grade test, he sweetly surprised us! His Dad does math with him and often they go over the lesson together in the book before he goes to the computer to actually listed to and do the lesson. This extra step has really helped him.

We have no plans of switching math programs for any of our kids and hope to use Teaching Textbooks all the way through. We are very glad it ended up being a good fit for our family, especially since we can reuse the levels with each of our children.

If you are curious about Teaching Textbooks and thinking of making the switch, they have placement tests for you to use!

Teaching Textbooks Placement Tests

 

On another note ~ we have been using TT for 2 years now and are thrilled that they just launched an affiliate program!  Since Teaching Textbooks knew we already used and loved their curriculum, they asked me to be an ambassador which means I get to host giveaways and share special offers with you!  Stay tuned for our first giveaway this month! Subscribe to our daily or weekly wrap-up blog posts to be sure not to miss it!



9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My oldest son is 14 and going into 9th grade this year – his first official year of high school!!  Below are the 9th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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9th Grade Subjects

The Visual Version…

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Figuring high school credits – some of the credits are straight forward and some can count as different things in the end when his final transcript is developed for college. His 9th grade English credit will come from a combo of his work with his IEW writing course, the books he will read as an extension of Notgrass World History, his SAT Vocabulary work, and his extensive book list. His Geography will actually be a history credit. His Finance course will be an elective counting as a 1/2 credit. The plan is that he will end 9th grade with 6.5 high school credits combined with the 2 he came in with from 8th grade {Algebra 1 and Physical Science}. For Spanish he will be doing the 60 classes spread out over the entire year for a foreign language credit.

There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!


See our 2nd Grade Choices here and our 5th Grade Choices here!

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5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My middle son is 10 and going into 5th grade this year.  Below are the 5th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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5th Grade Subjects

The Visual Version

AAS 5 Evan-Moor Daily Geography Practice 5th Grade Vocabulary Grade 5WritersInResidence1 Teaching Textbooks Student Workbook Gr. 6 Zoo2mystery-of-history-volume-II-180w World-Geography-Printables-Country-Notebooking-Pages-and-Printable-Maps PSB Elementary

 

There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

You can see our 2nd Grade Choices here and our 9th Grade Choices will be shared soon!

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