9th Grade Year-End Review of Homeschool Curriculum Choices

9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Wrap Up

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

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We shared our 2nd grade year-end review here and 5th grade here. Next up, 9th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 9th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

9th Grade Subjects

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer! 


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Geometry

Teaching Textbooks is a great fit and he will be moving on to TT Algebra 2 in the fall. Geometry definitely wasn’t easy and was time consuming for him. He ended the year with an A and had to work for that grade! We are really proud of the effort he put in especially near the end to be sure he got that A!

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World History ~ Notgrass

Notgrass World History was a great choice for us. I struggled with our choice last summer and finally landed on Notgrass because I wanted the best of both worlds. I wanted a book written in an enjoyable reading style but also a slight textbook feel, with tests and such. Notgrass was a perfect solution for us. History isn’t his favorite subject but he mentioned several times how much he enjoyed the readings. We have decided to stick with Notgrass for Government/Economics in the fall!

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Writing ~ IEW SIW C

This was our very first experience with IEW and although it was a HUGE learning curve for me, I am so happy we decided to try! We originally planned to do IEW SIW C and Elegant Essay but we barely finished C. I had to take a teacher-break during the year because I got overwhelmed with the learning curve. Then finally after watching the teacher training videos even more, something clicked! This fall all of my kids will be using IEW! Pac will be using Teaching the Classics along with Windows to the World.

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Geography ~ Northstar  

This was a great world geography curriculum, he was exposed to SO much! I am really glad he took this course and I loved how organized it was. I wish I had taken a course like this in high school! I highly recommend!

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Finance ~ Foundations in Personal Finance

We LOVED this course!!! I cannot say enough good things about it, he loved it, I loved it and he learned so much that will be so valuable to him and already is! Highly recommend this!

Note – it looks like this will be on Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op July 17, be sure to check there as it might be cheaper!

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Spanish ~ Homeschool Spanish Academy

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We were given a year of HAS for review and I am sad to say we will not be continuing on with it in the fall. The program itself is laid out nicely and required very little from me, which I loved. Our biggest problem was his particular teacher. While she was sweet and kind, she was not a good fit for my son for several reasons. The teachers are based in Guatemala which is fabulous and he did have some teachers as subs that were amazing. At the beginning of the year we were told to try out teachers to see who we liked and then schedule with that teacher. We did that and he really liked a certain teacher he had but when I went to schedule the rest of the year, this teacher was totally booked. We ended up choosing the particular teacher he had for the remainder of the year because she was one of the few left that fit his schedule needs.

When Pac brought his concerns to me I thought possibly it was just him and advised him to talk with her about one of his specific concerns. I sat and listened in on the Skype session when he asked his teacher about a grade he had gotten {it was low and she didn’t seem to think it was a big deal and was confused as to why he was asking her to go over the test with him}. After listening to that session I became concerned myself, as a fellow teacher and as a mom. I brought our concerns {that was just one of our concerns} to the man in charge {who had given us the course for review} and offered to give another year a shot for review, to see if possibly our experience was tainted by the particular teacher we had. He told me that he didn’t think another run at it would add any additional perspective to the review. I was a bit surprised by this to be honest. I really wish I could, but due to his response and lack of helpful feedback to address my concerns, I cannot recommend HAS. It is a very expensive one on one tutoring program and possibly with a different teacher we would have loved it. I’d love to hear if any of you had a different experience if you’ve used HAS!

My son did learn and completed Spanish 1 and I am happy I did not have to teach this subject! I was impressed with the format of the program and the dashboard where we could log in and see his assignments and grades. We are currently looking at other options to continue on with Spanish! I am open to suggestions, leave a comment!


Science ~ Apologia Biology

He just simply didn’t enjoy Biology, and it was his most difficult subject. This course was his biggest learning experience since it was hard for him. He learned many study skills and this is even more important than the subject matter! He disliked dissecting, a LOT. He is excited to move on to Chemistry since there will be no dissections!

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our curriculum choices for 10th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

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5th Year-End Review of Homeschool Curriculum Choices

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Wrap Up

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used}

We shared our 2nd grade year-end review here. Next up, 5th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 5th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

5th Grade Subjects

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer! 


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 6

Teaching Textbooks 6 was a great fit and he will be moving on to TT 7 in the fall. He normally scores between a 90-100 on the lessons an we step in to check on issues if he scores below that. He has worked independently this year for the most part, coming to us when something is confusing.

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Reading

See all of the books he read this year here in this post!

5th Grade Book List


Writing & Grammar – Writer’s in Residence

Some of you have been waiting on my thoughts about this and here they are! I love this curriculum but it wasn’t the right fit for him. Honestly the trouble came mostly from his gymnastics training schedule. This curriculum was pretty time consuming, which just didn’t fit for him. We worked through over half of the book and then decided to take a break. I loved what we did and I still recommend Writer’s in Residence. Some curriculums are great, just not a great fit for a particular child.

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We have decided to switch all of our kids over to IEW since my oldest son had a good experience this past year {he was the only one I switched}. K will be using IEW Ancient History Based Writing Lessons.

I will also be adding Growing with Grammar back in for him.  Honestly I should have had him do it for 5th grade, but my thoughts were that the grammar in Writer’s in Residence would be enough for him. It would have been, had we finished it!


Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 5 

All About Spelling continues to be a good fit for my kids and we will be moving on to level 3 in the fall! 5.17.17 Last Day of 5th Grade (3)


Vocabulary ~ Spectrum Vocabulary Grade 5

Not his favorite but I like it. It’s good for him. I especially like the reading comprehension and vocabulary test practice pages in the back of the book. We did 3 vocab lessons per week and one test practice lesson. He will be doing the 6th grade book in the fall.

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Geography ~ Evan-Moor Daily Geography Grade 5

I really like this book and it was a good fit for him. We completed every lesson and he was exposed to all sorts of things I would have never thought of!

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Science ~ Apologia Swimming Creatures {with Ladybug, 2nd grade}

Daddy taught this to the younger kids together and they loved it! They technically aren’t done with the entire book but will be doing some lessons this summer to finish!

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History ~ The Mystery of History 2  

Daddy also teaches history and while it isn’t the favorite of the kids, we love it!

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Drop out Subjects ~  Bible

I also had planned to do Picture Smart Bible with K and L together and didn’t follow through. It was much harder this year to combine L and K because of K’s gymnastics schedule.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 9th soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 10th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

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2nd Grade Year-End Review of Homeschool Curriculum Choices

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Wrap Up

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used}

First up, 2nd grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 2nd Grade Curriculum Choices post.

2nd Grade Subjects

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer! 


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 3, Life of Fred, Spielgaben

Teaching Textbooks 3 was her main math curriculum and it was a perfect fit for her. I highly recommend starting with TT from the beginning, which is usually 2nd or 3rd grade. She will be moving onto TT 4 next year for 3rd grade!

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We loved using Spielgaben to supplement our math lessons and will definitely continue with this. Spielgaben was particularly helpful in bringing a hands-on aspect to some of the more difficult concepts.

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We LOVE Life of Fred but sadly we let it slip away. I hope to get back to reading the books to her next year.


Reading Loads of Books and Reading Comprehension 2nd Grade

She read SO many books this year! I tried to keep up with all of them here but after about 80 books I lost track. She is definitely my bookworm. I just step in to try to balance her choices with a few of my choices!

This reading comprehension workbook was a great fit for her and she enjoyed it. I bought her the next level for the upcoming school year!

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Grammar ~ First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2

I continue to love this combo for grammar! We will be using Growing with Grammar Level 3 in the fall, and we are done with First Language Lessons! We don’t use level 3-4 of FLL, only 1 & 2. We will be adding Grammar Galaxy in the fall as well!

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Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 2

All About Spelling continues to be a good fit for my kids and we will be moving on to level 3 in the fall!

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Geography ~ Evan-Moor Beginning Geography

I picked this book up at a homeschool convention and am so glad I did! It was just perfect for her!

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Science ~ Apologia Swimming Creatures {with Krash, 5th grade}

Daddy taught this to the younger kids together and they loved it! They technically aren’t done with the entire book but will be doing some lessons this summer to finish!

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History ~ The Mystery of History 2

Daddy also teaches history and while it isn’t the favorite of the kids, we love it!

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Art  ~ Home Art Studio 2nd Grade and Holiday Arts & Crafts

She LOVES art. I do not. We do much more art in the summer than we do during the school year. We will be continuing with Home Art Studio and also enrolling her in some local art classes if possible!

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Drop out Subjects ~ Handwriting, Bible

I had grand plans of reviewing cursive handwriting {which she formally learned last year}, but got slack and never followed through. I also had planned to do Picture Smart Bible with K and L together and also didn’t follow through. It was much harder this year to combine L and K because of K’s gymnastics schedule.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 5th and 9th soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



Homeschool Grammar Plans for 3rd Grade

I love finding new curriculum, and recently I found something new that I LOVE! I have been trying it out with my daughter to see if it’s a good fit and it is SUCH a good fit, we are just moving right along instead of waiting until fall to begin! She loves it!

Our new addition is Grammar Galaxy!

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This curriculum is totally different than anything I have seen and I am certain that is the reason she is hooked. She LOVES me reading aloud to her which is a main component to this program. This is not something you can hand your child and send them off to do it independently.

There are two different portions, one is the Mission Manual and one is the book which I have on my iPad. I read the chapter to her and then we go to the Mission Manual together and do the “work” which is described as a mission – making it seem less like work and more like fun!

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For next year we will be using Grammar Galaxy {if she doesn’t finish it this summer} and will continue with Growing with Grammar {level 3}. GWG is a traditional workbook and her more independent grammar workbook. I like the combo, but you absolutely could just use Grammar Galaxy alone! It exposes so much more than just grammar.

Grammar Galaxy: Nebula, the first in a series of language arts texts for first to sixth graders, teaches:

  • reading skill development
  • literary concepts
  • vocabulary
  • spelling
  • grammar
  • composition and
  • speaking

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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!