This is one of the most-requested blog posts. (Why? I’m not sure..) In our family, we use a lot of different curriculum. I’m going to walk you through the curriculum we are doing this year and give mini-reviews.
Harold Jacob’s Elementary Algebra is what I used for algebra. (I finished algebra last week!) It’s very repetitive and does follow common core in places. Other than that, it’s simple to figure out (for the most part!). The DVD is somewhat helpful, but I prefer my math/writing/editor tutor’s help.
Okay, I finished history the first week of March. I was using IV Mystery of History . I did volumes I, II and III in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. MoH uses NKJV and is best used as a complete series.
Science is the only subject we’ve always used the same publisher for (though that’ll change when we start chemistry). Lacey and I are doing Apologia Biology (second edition) with a friend. Apologia is very thorough and hands-on. They use NIV for the Bible text, which is the only downfall.
We’ve used a lot of different curriculum for grammar, and I can’t say I have a favorite. Grammar has been a struggle for me for many years. I’m using Analytical Grammar this year. It’s secular, so some of the things I don’t agree, but it’s a good re-freshener. Even though it’s secular, it does have Bible verses/references from the King James Version. It’s a two-to-three year course, but I am working to finish it in a year. (I should have it done in April.)
Jane Eyre and Across Five Aprils are done with Progeny Press. Progeny Press has writing assignments in the study guides and they use NIV. Memoria Press is being used with The Hounds of Baskervilles. In the years I used Memoria, they are VERY thorough and somewhat hard. They use the KJV for Bible text.
Writing is incorporated with literature and history this year. Most other years, we do writing class with friends.
I’ve used expensive Spanish curriculum’s, and they don’t seem to get me anywhere. The Learnables is good (I don’t think they’re Christian, but they didn’t have any objectional content) and has very nice audio recordings. I am also using Duolingo. Duolingo is very secular and promotes ungodly things, thus I cannot recommend it. I am doing Easy Peasy Spanish as well, which is free and Christian.
Family and Consumer Science by Alpha Omega Publishers is pretty much a home ec course. Even though our home ec is done by doing (cooking, sewing……who needs a workbook???), this course gives more detail and is a perfect supplement. AOP uses KJV. I actually finished this course in February.
I haven’t started Auto Upkeep yet, but it looks like the perfect course for girls who do not have brothers that know everything about trucks! I will be starting this…soon. Maybe in April. Or May. (I’ve only been saying that since seventh grade…)
Comparative Religions I started this course Tuesday (the 9th), and I’m really enjoying it. There’s a lot of information involved, thus it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
So Lacey and I actually did Apologia’s Health and Nutrition in 8th grade (we got a credit too). However, since it counts as high school, I’m adding it to this post. It uses NIV, and is very thorough. Also…I could have done without the last chapter…
Music: (Almost) Every Monday, Dad, Lacey, and I take the 35-minute drive to our piano lessons. I have a 40-minute lesson, and Lacey’s last anywhere from 40-50 minutes. If she has a short lesson, we also do some voice lessons.
P.S. The picture shows a spelling book, but I finished it in October(?) and it was the last spelling book Mom wanted me to do.
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