Mid-Year Homeschool Curriculum Changes and Additions

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At times a mid-year change in homeschool curriculum is needed {or desired}. I try not to change things mid-year too often, but I am not scared to ditch something and go for something new if it is needed. Below you can read more about some changes we made with our 4th and 7th grader!

4th Grade

From Carson Dellosa Skill Builders Reading Comprehension to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Comprehension

Homeschool Curriculum Changes

This was for my daughter who is in 4th grade. She used the Houghton Mifflin book{on the right} for 2nd and 3rd grade and on a whim I ordered her a different brand for 4th grade. She does NOT like the new one, so we switched back. Ironically, the old one {now the current one – her choice} has MUCH more work to do. She is my reader and likes the layout better. I accidentally ordered 5th grade instead of 4th, but we decided to use it anyway!

Finished Growing with Grammar, switched to Fix It Grammar

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Also for my 4th grader – she finished Growing with Grammar 3 {which we didn’t finish last year} and I planned on moving on to GWG 4. However, IEW offered Fix It Grammar for FREE during their 12 Days of Giving so I decided to give it a try!! I do love Growing with Grammar and so far love Fix It Grammar. TOTALLY different ways to teach grammar. I have no idea which one I will choose for next year!

Finished IEW Bible Heroes, added IEW SWI B

My 4th grader finished up IEW’s Bible Heroes and I had planned to move on to IEW’s All Things Fun and Fascinating with her. After much thought over Christmas break I changed my plan and decided to use IEW SWI level B with BOTH of my kids this semester! So far so good and we are 4 weeks in, take a peek at them working here on Instagram!

 

7th Grade

From LIFEPAC Language Arts to IEW Fix It Grammar and SWI B

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This change was for my 7th grade son. We gave LIFEPAC Language Arts a shot and neither of us prefer it. It isn’t a bad curriculum at all and if he had been using it for many years perhaps it would have worked. It was too random for him, he likes the structure of former language arts programs better {Growing with Grammar, Spectrum Vocabulary, etc}.

Knowing we needed a change, I decided to go to all IEW for him. Since we got Fix It Grammar for free, I am using that with him and so far he LOVES it. As I mentioned above, I am using IEW SWI B for him. Level B is the perfect level for him, it is a bit challenging for her, but we make it work.

In addition to grammar and writing/vocabulary we are focusing on our reading together more. There is one unit from the LIFEPAC Language Arts I do plan to use as it is a literature guide to go along with the book The Hiding Place. We just aren’t planning to finish the rest of the booklets.


See our original 4th and 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum posts by clicking below! See all of our grade levels here!

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices L   7th Grace Homeschool Curriculum Choices K

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

7th Grace Homeschool Curriculum Choices K

My middle son is 12 and going into 7th grade this year. Below are the 7th 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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7th Grade Subjects

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TT Prealgebra IEW Ancient History Theme Based

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You can see our 4th Grade Choices here.

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Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices L

My daughter is 9 and going into 4th grade this year. Below are the 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

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4th Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in! Honestly I had a VERY hard time deciding on a few of these and may end up changing my mind. The joy of homeschool – I can!

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IEW Bible HeroesIEW Fun and Fascinating

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4th Grade Reading Book List (1 of 1)


Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

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10th Grade Year-End Review

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

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 3rd grade year-end review here and 6th grade here. Next up, 10th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 10th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

10th 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!

10th grade homeschool


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2

Teaching Textbooks is a perfect for us. Seriously, math was my most feared subject and TT has made it so easy. He completed Algebra 2 this year and is officially done with his Teaching Textbooks journey. They do have Pre Cal, but he will be taking his math for 11th grade at the community college {dual enrollment}. His placement test scores were VERY high in math, even the administrator pulled me to talk about how well he did on the test! I feel we owe this to Teaching Textbooks!!!!

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Government/Economics ~ Notgrass

We both love Notgrass and this year was no exception. He completed their Government and Economics and learned a lot!


English ~ IEW Windows to the World / Teaching the Classics

We used Teaching the Classics for the first month or so of school, to familiarize both of us with the content. It was very helpful. We then completed Windows to the World together. I must be honest and say that literature analysis is not our favorite subject but IEW made it bearable. I definitely recommend IEW!


Elective ~ Graphic Design

This was a great elective for Pac and he enjoyed it. I love that we were able to get this great course through our SchoolHouse Teachers membership {which we did renew for this year too}.


Elective ~ Human Development

I loved this Human Development course. It was simple, to the point and a great introduction to this topic from a Christian worldview!

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our curriculum choices for 11th grade,7th grade and 4th grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



6th Grade Year-End Review Homeschool Curriculum

6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

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 3rd grade year-end review here. Next up, 6th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 6th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

6th Grade Subjects