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Friday, April 5, 2013

What Curriculum Do You Use? (Eclectic)

**For those of you joining me from the AtoZ challenge, welcome! I'm homeschooling through the alphabet.**

"So, what curriculum do you use?" Whenever homeschooling moms get together, this question is sure to come up. This is a difficult question for me to answer, however. I don't use any one set curriculum. I have more of an eclectic style, pulling subjects from different curricula to provide the best possible education for my children.

E is for Eclectic

Bible: We use Bible Study Guide for All Ages. It allows me to teach all of them Bible truths together. This year they've memorized the books of the New Testament, the names of the 12 apostles, the days of Creation, and the 10 plagues in Egypt.

History: We use My Father's World. This curriculum is designed for multi-age learning, so that I can teach all of the small people together. The teacher's manual gives suggestions for activities for various grade levels. There is a 5-year cycle from 2nd to 8th grades that includes geography, ancient history, world history, and 2 years of American history.

Science: We use Apologia. So far we've used Astronomy, Botany, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Swimming Creatures, and Flying Creatures from the Elementary Science options. The Boy has studied General Science and Physical Science. I like that Apologia approaches science from a Young Earth Creation viewpoint.

Math: We use Saxon.

Grammar: We use Rod and Staff. While it is quite demanding academically, it isn't taxing, and it presents topics in an easily understood manner.

Reading: We use Progeny Press reading guides. With over 100 different literature study guides at all academic levels, I have plenty to choose from. I try to choose books that correlate with the history that we're studying.

Foreign Language: We use Visual Latin and Rosetta Stone Spanish. I like that these can be used almost completely independently by the small people.

So, can you see why it's hard for me to answer, "What curriculum do you use?"

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna bookmark this page just in case ;)


    Sincerely,Miss Uncertain---sidetracked

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  2. Looks like a nice well rounded program! :)

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  3. Hi TaMara,
    I am curious about cost of home schooling -so once this A-Z challenge (it's called that for good reason) is over I will take some time to have a look around, and see what I find. I really like the titles of some of your other posts too. I have two bonus kids that go to public school, so it's no rush but I get the feeling there's a lot to learn here, even if it's just to help them homework.

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    1. Ida,
      I'd be happy to tell you more about it whenever you have time. Basically my curriculum costs for this past year for all 5 children were about $1000. One of the cheaper local Christian schools here would run me $1000/month for all 5 if I were to send them there, so it is cheaper than private school.

      You're right this AtoZ challenge IS a challenge. Thankfully, I had prewritten MOST of my posts for it.

      TaMara

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  4. I like the eclectic idea, because it seems more well-rounded. Really interesting to someone who doesn't know much about home-schooling.

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    1. It does allow me to teach each of them the way they learn best.

      TaMara

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  5. Sounds challenging, but also very rewarding. Homeschooling wasn't popular when my children were young. Admire those who who do now:)

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  6. My oldest is only 4, so we've got a year or two before we really start homeschooling... but I have a feeling I'll end up doing something like this as well. I was homeschooled and my mom used all sorts of different stuff (LOVE Saxon math, by the by).

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