My private schooled kids are 3 weeks away from summer break which means my homeschooled kids are getting excited for a summer break too! Planning, planning, planning time!!!! I love it! But the funny thing is I actually don't even really lesson plan lol. I choose a core curriculum for each subject, hoard a bunch of crafts, games, and activites on Pinterest, then go week by week letting the kids decide on how quickly or slowly we move through subjects.
For those of you that use curriculum -
What curriculum choices have you decided on for the 2013-2014 school year for:
We are using the Illuminations Curriculum from Bright Ideas Press. It is a program that uses the Mystery of History as its main text and all other subjects flow from history. They provide the lesson plans, reader guides, and even some of the texts. All I have to do is buy the texts for the subjects and do what they tell me to do each day. It covers History, Geography, Spelling, Grammar, Reading, Writing, and has a family bible reading plan. I had to choose our Math and Bible programs. So here are the books I bought for Illuminations and or my own curriculum:
Language Arts:Easy Grammar; English from the Roots Up; Foundations in Writing
Spelling: Natural Speller
Science: Christian Kids Explore Biology
History/Geography: Mystery of History; The Ultimate Geography Timeline; Hands-on Geography
Art: Still looking
Foreign Language: Mango Languages in Spanish (free online course through our library)
I am still putting together our curriculum for the 2013-2014 school year. We will be homeschooling through the summer as well. Not as much, but most likely we will have school at least 2-3 days a week.
For next year I've finally decided to try Monarch as our core curriculum for Bible, Math, English, Science and History/Geography. I will also make modifications to suit us. I will supplement in the following ways:
Just bought the Science DVD Bundles (Earth Science, Physical Science, Human Body, Life Science) from http://www.rocknlearn.com and for workbooks I picked, Nonfiction Reading Comprehension (Science, Geography and History).
For Language Arts, Math, Arts, Humanities, Writing, I bought/downloaded the pdf version (free and paid) of the workbooks and Worksheets from the following sites: