August 29, 2008

Homeschool Curriculum

Here's some of the stuff I'm trying this year.  It takes so much time wading through all of the curriculum available.  Next year I'm going to try to go to a Homeschool Convention so I can look at it all in one place instead of spending hours online trying to figure it out.  I'll try to include some of the stuff that I want, but don't have, as well as some online resources that I'll probably use. 

The cover of The Well-Trained Mind, first edition.

The Well-Trained Mind

Saxon Math 3 Kit

Saxon Math 3--this site had the cheapest price I could find for the workbooks

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 Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia

Jean Fritz History Books

Easy Grammar 3- Wanda Phillips


 Exploring American History - Christian Liberty Press


A Child's Story of America- Christian Liberty Press ( I haven't received this one yet.  It got a few bad reviews (christian slant), but I got it so cheap that I thought I'd check it out)

Language 3--New Edition

 Abeka Language 3

Arithmetic 3--New Edition

Abeka Arithmetic 3

Our American Heritage--New Edition

  Abeka Our American Heritage

Our American Heritage Map Skills Book--New Edition

Abeka Map Study Skills

Art Fraud Detective: Spot the Difference, Solve the Crime!

  Art Fraud Detective: Spot the Difference; Solve the Crime

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times

The Story of the World- Susan Wise Bauer (Early Modern Times)

Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age

Getting Started With Latin

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The Usborne Book of World History--This is one of the main history books that WTM recommends to use throughout your child's school years.  I was a little disappointed when I received mine.  I thought it didn't go into enough depth. 

9 Troll Biographies,Mozart,Washington,Lincoln,Adams....

Troll Biographies

Writing Strands- National Writing Institute

Adventures With Atoms and Molecules- Chemistry Experiments

I also wanted to buy "Shakespeare for Kids", but was running out of money, so I found a website called The Baldwin Project, which has all kinds of ideas for teaching Shakespeare to kids as well as a link to Tales from Shakespeare  by  Charles and Mary Lamb which is available online for free. 

I have been searching around for some online multiplication games.  You can download Timez Attack for free from BigBrainz.  Another good site for multiplication is  It also has a sister site that covers addition, subtraction and division called Exuberant Games

Another cool thing I found while searching around was that Google's Book Search has a lot of older books (like good history books) scanned in in their entirety.  I don't know if you'd want to print them, but at least you can look at them and read a few chapters before deciding to buy.

For geography, I found the same site Maren suggested in my comments.  Sheppard's Software has free online geography tutoring games.  They are pretty basic, but use repetition to really help you memorize your geography. I can't stand programs/games that are so random that you never actually end up learning anything. 

I'll let you know how it goes since we are "officially" starting the day after Labor Day (don't you wish the school's would do that?).  Since public school has been in for three weeks now, we sort of started to get in the swing of things, but nothing serious.  We've done some hiking, a lot of reading (Huckleberry Finn), journaling, and a little bit of science (I'm wanting to teach Hayes the scientific method this year).  Since the WTM suggests chemistry for 3rd grade, I thought why not and we started in on Thursday.  We used the Adventures in Atoms and Molecules and Hayes really dug learning about them.  He had all kinds of questions that I'm going to have to look up the answers to.

  Not all of my curriculum is in, so we'll have to just do our best. I'll try to write some short reviews of what worked and didn't work for us.  Happy Homeschooling!


Tracey said...

It looks like you have a lot planned. You'll have to keep us updated about which books you like using. I have the usborne History book. It definately doesn't go deep enought into a subject. I like it to introduce topics to Quinton. Then if he is still interested we can find books that go into more depth.

HoneyGirl said...

I have doubles of some easy grammar & abeka language; saxon math and abeka arithmetic. I just couldn't decide so I got them both to try. I'm sure I'll probably end of using less than half of what I have...that's why I've got to get to the next curriculum fair. Did you go this year? It's trial and error, but how else do you find out what works for your kid??? If we had a better library, I could go that route a lot more. We do have inter-library loan though.

Kristen said...

Hey Kellie,

I have Shakespeare for Children--Charles & Mary Lamb. When you need it, let me know.

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