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summerbear
Curriculum question!
October 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

What do you use?

I have been told about A Beka, Tapestry of Grace, Apologia, MathUSee... My head is spinning! We were loaned some books to get started. (I pulled her out of public school while she was in 6th, but she is doing 7th grade work) They are all A Beka. She doesn't have math yet, so we are doing MathUSee worksheets and finding other things that are grade appropriate for her. I want to know what you use and why you like it! And also some cons if you have them!

I am going to be homeschooling all 4 of my children. 12, 3 (almost 4), 2 and 5 months. So, I am going to have several grades going at once in a few years.

Thanks in advance ladies!




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  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    October 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

     We don't use any curriculum but here is a bump for you!

  • summerbear
    October 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM
    Quoting usmom3:

     We don't use any curriculum but here is a bump for you!

    How does that work?! *genuinely interested*

  • ablackdolphin
    October 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Any chance there is a homeschool Expo in your area?  They're usually in the summer but might be worth checking.  I'm lucky to have one near me and have gone for 3 yrs now and it really helps to get an understand of what's out there and what's being said about it.

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    October 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM

     We learn from everything around us. We use books but not textbooks, the internet is full of educational sites & most are free to use. We use educational TV, board games & video games.

    My goal with my children education is not to fill them with facts & information but to have them learn how to pursue knowledge that they need to accomplish the things they want to do.

    Quoting summerbear:

    Quoting usmom3:

     We don't use any curriculum but here is a bump for you!

    How does that work?! *genuinely interested*

     

  • ablackdolphin
    October 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I've always heard good things about RightStart Math so that's what we're using.  It's abacus based which I think is an advantage for those who might struggle with math.  It's also very game based, making it more fun than just another worksheet.  However, it only goes up to Algebra....so, it might not work well for you daughter but would work well with the other kids.  The benefit of the games is that they could all play them together.  I've been told that Saxon math is the way to go after RightStart Math at several expo conferences. 


  • summerbear
    October 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    There is one in Orlando, but that is still several months away! I want to know what works for "real" moms. I don't want the companies telling me, I want to know from the actual people who are using them and what their experiences are. Pros and cons.


    With that said, I am still planning on attending the convention this summer.

    Quoting ablackdolphin:

    Any chance there is a homeschool Expo in your area?  They're usually in the summer but might be worth checking.  I'm lucky to have one near me and have gone for 3 yrs now and it really helps to get an understand of what's out there and what's being said about it.


  • summerbear
    October 23, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Thank you!! <3

    Quoting ablackdolphin:

    I've always heard good things about RightStart Math so that's what we're using.  It's abacus based which I think is an advantage for those who might struggle with math.  It's also very game based, making it more fun than just another worksheet.  However, it only goes up to Algebra....so, it might not work well for you daughter but would work well with the other kids.  The benefit of the games is that they could all play them together.  I've been told that Saxon math is the way to go after RightStart Math at several expo conferences. 



  • kirbymom
    October 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM
    No bought curriculum here. I write out all the curriclum by hand. I will use whatevet I need that pertains to the lesson(s)..
  • AutymsMommy
    October 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Well, everything you listed is protestant. We're Catholic and our choices reflect that.

    When my eldest was home (grade 7, age 12) she used the following (she wasn't home for much of grade 7):

    Religion: Seton Press

    History: Light to the Nations volume 1 (Catholic School Textbook Project)

    Math: Math Mammoth - was going to filter into Jacob's Algebra when she finished last year's Math Mammoth

    Geography: Runkle's World Physical Geography

    Grammar: English 7 for Young Catholics (Seton Press)

    Spelling: Apples and Pears (dyslexic)

    Vocabulary: Marie's Words

    various literature


    I am currently homeschooling my 4 year old, who is doing kindergarten this year using:

    Phonics Pathways

    Little Stories for Little Folks (Catholic Heritage Curriculum)

    Seton's Kindergarten Catechism

    Image of God, pre-k/kindergarten

    Seton's Kindergarten Handwriting for Young Catholics

    Making Music, Praying Twice

    Kumon books for cutting, etc

    Miquon Math

  • paganbaby
    October 23, 2013 at 4:16 PM


    Quoting usmom3:

     We don't use any curriculum but here is a bump for you!


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