Homeschool

Curriculum I Use

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.


Math

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.

History

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

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.

English

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.)

Literature

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.

Foreign Language

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.

Electives
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.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. Also, let me know if you would like to see another post like this.

26 thoughts on “Curriculum I Use”

  1. I also did Apologia Biology, and LOVED it! It was probably my favorite science course that I’ve done! I haven’t done any of the other books you mentioned, though. We use mostly Abeka for Science, Grammar, Literature, and Spelling; Abeka for Math until 4th grade, when we switch to Saxon; and various curricula for History and some other subjects. This last year, I did Christian Light’s Perspectives of Truth in Literature, which I really enjoyed. It was very in-depth with lots of writing assignments (some of which my mom let me skip, because I was also doing Abeka’s Grammar with composition assignments, and I write for fun too).

    For music, I take piano and organ lessons, and we’ve done various music or singing schools at our church as well as church orchestra. My violin history is rather unique, but besides taking lessons at different points, I also did Abeka’s Jaffe Strings video classes with some of my family members. That was quite good, although I’m not sure if I would recommend it to those with no prior string experience and no one to go to advice.

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading your post, and I hope my comment isn’t too long and boring! πŸ˜‰

    1. No, your comment is fine; I love long comments, and I don’t get many of them. πŸ™‚

      I agree Apologia Biology is very good! Almost every homeschooler I know uses Apologia Biology. Abeka is one of the curriculums I haven’t used (yet). We did Saxon in second and third grade. I did Christian Light in lower grades, and I think I’ll be doing some of their electives. I’ve heard good things about their literature courses.

      Organ is an instrument I find quite interesting. I want to learn how to play it someday. Abeka’s Jaffe Strings video classes look very interesting. I’m currently watching certain videos on violin online.

      And thanks for the long comment, Leona! πŸ™‚

      1. I like long comments too, as well as long emails and letters. πŸ˜€

        Abeka is very good for learning to read and for Grammar, or so I’ve heard. (I haven’t done anything else for those subjects, that I remember, so I don’t have anything to compare it with.) From the literature I did from Christian Light, I got the impression that they come from a Mennonite perspective… but I agreed with most of the conclusions they came to, and it was an excellent course.

        If you’re interested in learning organ, I would recommend checking out the American Guild of Organists. I don’t know if they have a chapter near you, but the AGO gives out scholarships for learning organ. (In my area, it was for up to two years of lessons.) That’s how I started, and I really enjoy playing organ! The requirements were piano experience and at least 14 years of age, although I was slightly younger when I started. Since no one in my church knows how to play organ, I’m taking lessons from a Lutheran, which means I get to play on the big pipe organ at their building– a great benefit, to me! So anyway, I recommend checking into the AGO if you ever get to the point where you are looking to take organ lessons!

        You’re welcome for the long comments! πŸ˜‰

      2. I agree with long comments, emails, and letters.πŸ˜€
        Yes, Christian Light is Mennonite, but I’ve read lots of their books and there are only a few minor things I have found I disagree with.
        Oh, thanks for telling me about AGO! It looks super interesting, and since there’s two chapters near me, I’ll have to see what what scholarships they offer. That’s be the perfect way for me to learn.
        Thanks again for another long comment!πŸ˜€

      3. You’re welcome! Let me know if you ever start organ lessons! It would be fun to fangirl with another organist. πŸ˜€

      4. Haha; I don’t have one at my house either. I can practice on the organ where I take lessons as well as at our church building, which is very close to my house. But it’s still less convenient than having one at my house, so I can understand the challenge. πŸ˜‰

  2. It was interesting to see what curriculum you use, Lilly! I also use Analytical Grammar, I finished it last year and now I’m doing the High School Reinforcements. I like Grammar and this curriculum I really enjoyed, I understood it better than past curriculums. And I think the authors profess Christianity, but I’m (obviously) not sure how deep their relationship with Christ goes. Congrats in finishing Algebra for the year! When is your “end date” for school?

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed, Grace! That’s fun you used AG too. πŸ™‚ Hm, that’s interesting. Well, we don’t really have an end date for school. My mom says “you’re not done ’til the curriculum’s done’. πŸ˜‚ So basically never, as I start curriculum at all times of the year. We also do school all year long (we do do less in the summer), but I think I have 33 days left, which put me at May 7. I’ll still be doing school after that, though I might take a break.

  3. Fun post! We are using ACE and Labels and for math we are using teaching textbooks. Have you heard of those curriculums? Ace and Abeka are good Christian curriculums. I like them . and I’m done with math forever I don’t like math. In 2 months I graduate . I can’t wait!

    1. Yes, I’ve heard of ACE, Abeka, and Teaching Textbooks, though I haven’t used any of them. Who knows; I may use them in the future. That’s great you’re done with math, and that you’ll graduate soon! You must be so excited!

      No problem, we all make typos. πŸ™‚

  4. Great post!
    I’m so annoyed by Duolingo’s changes… ugh. Although recently they have seemed to have scaled down their stuff…? Maybe it’s just the nature of my Spanish lessons right now, haha.

    1. To be honest, I haven’t noticed much “bad stuff” on my Spanish lately, but my sister says there’s a bit more on her German.

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