Curriculum (aka “What We Use”)

We are what you might call an “eclectic” homeschool. I pick & choose curriculum to fit each kid.

All my kids, thankfully,  love to be read to, so we use a loose “Charlotte Mason”-inspired approach to history and science.  We use a LOT of living books that are not reflected on this list. Some come from our rather limited local public library, but quite a few come from the great public library system 60 miles away (by way of paid out-of-area subscription).

2014-2015

8th Grade:
A Beka Algebra 1 (w/DVDs)
The Elegant Essay
Memoria Press’s Second Form Latin
Spanish 1 – La Clase Divertida High School
History using Catholic Textbook Projects Light to the Nations 2MapTrek, and lots of historical fiction
YouCat + online lectures & A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’ Court, & C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity
Rainbow Science Year 1 (w/5th grader)
Study Skills

6th Grade:
A Beka Arithmetic 5
Writing Tales 2 ? or CAP’s Narrative 2 Treasured Conversations
Latina Christiana 1 w/younger sister
Story of the World 3 with Activity Book w/younger siblings
The Rainbow Science Year 1 on-her-own animal book study w/writing/drawing output
Spell to Write & Read
Baltimore Catechism No. 1
Map Skills D
Growing With Grammar 5
Private Oil Painting Art Lessons (one hour twice per month, moving to one hour every week)

3rd (transitioning to 4th mid-year):
Abeka Arithmetic 4
Latina Christiana 1
Story of the World 3 with Activity Book
Map Skills B
Spell to Write & Read
Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (3rd part) + St. Patrick’s Summer Adventure/The First Christians
Growing with Grammar 3
Memorizing States & Capitals then moving onto “Blobbing” a la The Core (4th quarter?)

1st:
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Abeka Arithmetic 1
Cursive First
Joining in as much as he wants in Story of the World 3

Pre-K:
Kristin’s Crafts for Kids!

2013-2014

7th Grade:
A Beka Pre-Algebra (w/DVDs)
Writing With Style 1
G.U.M. 7
Memoria Press’s First Form Latin
Spanish (light year) using Duolingo & finishing up GSWS
History using Catholic Textbook Projects Light to the Nations 1, Famous Men of Middle Ages & Modern Times, MapTrek, and lots of historical fiction
Catholic Truth for Youth + Mass/Rosary/Holy Hour
Classical Academic Press’s Art of Argument w/some friends (1st semester only)
Figuratively Speaking (once per week)
Earth Science & Astronomy using Holt & Kolbe’s syllabus
Ellen McHenry‘s Mapping the World With Art  (only lasted a semester)

5th Grade:
A Beka Arithmetic 4
Writing Tales 1
Prima Latina w/younger sister
Story of the World 2 with Activity Book w/younger siblings
Earth Science using a hodgepodge of materials & then Astronomy using Apologia’s book & some lapbooks
Spell to Write & Read
Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (2nd part) + Saint Stories & Ten Commandments Lapbook
Maps, Charts, and Graphs E
Memorizing States & Capitals then moving onto “Blobbing” a la The Core (4th quarter?)
Ellen McHenry‘s Mapping the World With Art  (only lasted a semester)

2nd (transitioning to 3rd mid-year):
Abeka Arithmetic 3
Prima Latina
Story of the World 2 with Activity Book
Earth Science & Astronomy
Spell to Write & Read
Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (2nd part) + Saint Stories & Ten Commandments Lapbook
Growing with Grammar 3 (going to wait until summer or next year)
Memorizing States & Capitals then moving onto “Blobbing” a la The Core (4th quarter?)

Kindergarten:
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Math in a Miquon-type way McRuffy K
Cursive First (starting in Jan.)
Joining in as much as he wants in Story of the World 2
Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts Since Shirley’s closed, so glad for Kristin’s Crafts for Kids!

2012-2013

6th Grade:
A Beka Arithmetic 6 (finishing around Easter 2013) & transitioning to ?? KineticBooks Pre-Algebra or A Beka Pre-Algebra ??
Classical Writing’s Homer A (2nd semester break with Writing Magic)
Grammar using KISS‘s free book – starting with KISS Level 1
Ludere Latine 1 — to keep her Latin from Latina Christiana fresh while concentrating on her Spanish this year
Spanish (using Classical Academic Press’s Spanish for Children A)
Pandia’s Press’s History Odyssey – Level 2 Ancients (tweaked to use the White Kingfisher & not use Van Loon’s book)
— Incorporates some of Classical House of Learning‘s Literature picks & materials for Logic Stage!
Mother of Divine Grace’s Religion 6 schedule.
MegaWords 1 (2, 3 … whatever we get through) Found we both disliked MegaWords, so we jumped ship back to Spell to Write & Read
Piano using Bastien
Logic using Fallacy Detective
Elemental Science’s Logic-Stage Biology

4th Grade:
A Beka Arithmetic 3 (finishing before Easter 2013 & going right into 4)
Writing Tales 1 Writing With Ease 1 w/younger sister at double pace (1st semester only); 2nd semester starting w/Writing Magic
Finish Latina Christiana (five chapters left!!)
Story of the World 1 with Activity Book w/younger sister
Elemental Science’s Lapbooking through Biology w/ younger sister
Spell to Write & Read (hitting this one hard)
Map Skills D (starting in January)

1st (transitioning to 2nd mid-year):
Abeka Math 2
First Language Lessons 1 & 2 (1st semester only)
Writing with Ease 1 w/crafts for each day as picked by me (w/older sister) (1st semester only)
Story of the World 1 w/Activity Guide
Lapbooking through Biology
Spell to Write & Read
Map Skills B (in January)

Pre-K (starting in January):
Gently start Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Learning numbers, place value, addition to 5, and other getting-ready-for K math activities using Miquon-type lessons
Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts

2011-2012

5th Grade:
A Beka Arithmetic 6 w/Life of Fred as a supplement where interested Changed 1/2012 to A Beka Arithmetic 5 (testing/quizzing until scores are less than 80% & then starting there for the rest of the book)
Writing Tales 2
Growing With Grammar 5
Latina Christiana
Beautiful Feet’s History of Science
Seton’s Religion 4 for Young Catholics
Spanish (using a combo of Getting Started with Spanish & Spanish in 10 Minutes A Day)
History using my own mesh of Portraits of American Girlhood, historical fiction (a la Sonlight), and a variety of other resources in a unit study method
State History study using State History from a Christian Perspective
Handwriting & Spelling via dictation using Spelling Plus’s Dictation Resource book
Piano using Bastien

3rd Grade:
A Beka Arithmetic 3
Growing with Grammar 3
Sharing all History, Science, Religion, dictation, and Latin with older sibling.

Kindergarten:
Miquon-style math (transitioning to Abeka Arithmetic 1)
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons & when finished, transitioning to Spell to Write & Read (Jan 2012)
McRuffy’s Handwriting K changed to Cursive First in Oct 2011
Shirley’s Prepackaged Crafts

2010-2011

4th Grade:
CLE Math 400 w/Singapore’s new Challenging Word Problems 3
Writing Tales 1
Spell to Write & Read
Poetry review of last four years
Prima Latina
Story of the World 3 with Activity Guide
Map Skills D
Memorizing States/Capitals of the U.S.
Hands-on Science using: Ein-O Mechanical Science Discovery Tank, Snaptricity, and Delta Nutshells Sound Kit

Re-reading Children’s Bible
New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #1 (3rd section)
Piano using Bastien Primer

2nd Grade:
A Beka Arithmetic 2 w/Singapore Challenging Word Problems 1.
Spell to Write & Read
ETC 2 & 3 (first semester) as review & additional help with reading
Writing With Ease Level 2 (second semester)
Poetry, History, Geography, Science, Latin, and Religion with 4th grader except doing Map Skills B instead of D.

2009-2010

3rd Grade:
Spell to Write & Read
Growing With Grammar 3
Writing With Ease 2
A Beka Arithmetic 3
Story of the World II
God’s Design for Chemistry
Geography
Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (Section 2) & Bible
Poetry memorization

1st Grade
Spell to Write & Read
A Beka Arithmetic 1
History, Science, Religion, & Poetry same as 3rd grade

2008-2009

2nd grade
Spell to Write and Read
A Beka Arithmetic 2
Story of the World 1
Apologia’s Astronomy 1st semester / my own Earth Science 2nd semester
Baltimore Catechism No 1 (1st section) & Saints Stories
Poetry memorization
Cursive First

Kindergarten
Learn to Read in 100 Easy Lessons / learn phonograms for SWR
Singapore Earlybird 1B & 2A, Horizons K bk 1
Artpac 1
History, Science, Religion, Poetry, & Cursive First with 2nd grader

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