We are beginning our 23rd year of home education. Wow! There is no way anyone could have convinced me that we still be on this homeschooling journey all these years later. This time of year always brings about reflection and memories for me, but also excitement and anticipation. I recently posted how I go about preparing for a new school year. Today I’ll share with you our curriculum choices for for this year.
We will be using a few of my favorite things. The past couple of years I’ve been pulled away from our tried-and-true resources because Mom wanted to try something new, something different. She was tired of the same-ole-same-ole. It has dawned on me that what might be old and boring for me (remember I’ve been doing this gig for more than 2 decades) is still fresh and new and interesting to my younger children. I’ll do my best to see our school days through the eyes of my children who’ve never studied these same lessons before. My students are excited to be studying the same lessons their big brothers and sisters went through years ago.
And now, I introduce to you, Curriculum for Elkfork Academy’s 2013-2014 School Year. (Clicking on any image below will take you to the place where you can learn more information and/or purchase the resource. Some are my affiliate links, some are not. This does not commit you to purchase, but if you choose to do so, there is no extra charge to you and our family earns a small percentage. )
Our core curriculum will be unit studies from KONOS Vol. III. We will work through units that focus on the character traits of Cooperation and Resourcefulness. These will include U.S. States & Region; Systems of the Body, Inventions & Simple Machines; Electricity, Energy & Magnetism. Following the typical unit study approach, subjects like history, science, literature, writing as well as areas like practical living skills, art, music and more are interwoven throughout the topic we are studying.
I’ve set up our Bible Memory System from Simply Charlotte Mason for the entire family to use together.
The whole family will be learning German using the Rocket German program. Our children have a lot of German heritage in their family tree, so we’ve chosen this over the more common choices of Spanish and French. Besides, it is soooo cool to have permission to make throaty, gutteral noises and spit at your sister without getting in trouble!
Visual Manna Art Curriculum is what I’ll be using once a week for art lessons. We dabbled in it just a bit last year, and I’m looking forward to experimenting with more art mediums this year, not just crafty-type art.
For 12 year old daughter: Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL) – purple book, Easy Grammar Plus, Saxon Math 76.
For 11 year old son: LLATL – Orange Book, Easy Grammar – Purple Book, Saxon Math 7/6
For 9 year old son: LLATL yellow book, Easy Grammar, Saxon Math 54
For 7 year old daughter: Language Lessons for Little Ones and Language Lessons for the Very Young; AlphaPhonics for reading reinforcement; Beatrix Potter Series for reading with lapbooks we’ll make together; Math 2 from Bob Jones University Press.
We get absolutely giddy around here when we open the books on a new school year! Hmmm, wonder how long that will last? What resources are you using this school year? Using tried-and-true or something brand new?
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