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Homeschool Resources 2011-2012

April 4, 2011

After spending a couple of days last week at the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, we feel a lot more confident about the resources to take with us for Sean’s homeschool in Africa.

At first, we were pretty overwhelmed. There are hundreds of homeschool curricula and curriculum parts available out there, each one promising amazing results and threatening your kid with a lifetime of intellectual failure if you neglect any part of their time-tested, classically-founded, literature-based, faith-strengthening, all-in-one-eclectic Curriculum-of-Wonderment.

But finally, with some solid hands-on research, a lot of reflection about us and our kid, and some prayer, we were able to narrow down our options to what we felt would work best for us. Below is The List of curriculum items we decided on for next year.

One of the most common questions you get when people find out you’re homeschooling is “what curriculum are you using?” This post gives us a place to send people to see what we decided on, since we opted not to go with an all-in-one “curriculum-in-a-box.”

One caveat: Just because we think this will work for Sean doesn’t mean you should think this will work for your kids. After all, everyone will have a different teaching style, and everyone’s kid(s) is/are different. (We’re not even sure this will work for Sean…) We’d love to chat with you about why we chose a particular resource, but we’re not “married” to any particular choice.

The bottom line is this: we’re comfortable with these resources, and we’re praying that they help us do what is best and most beneficial for our kid in our situation. Please pray for that with us.

Homeschool Resources 2011-2012

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Heidi Bringhurst permalink
    April 4, 2011 11:38 am

    Looks like you’ve got the matter well in hand. I’m sure it will go fabulously, even if some tweaking ends up being needed along the way. If I know you guys (Sean included), any kinks will get worked out in very short order.

  2. Ali permalink
    April 4, 2011 8:11 pm

    AWESOME! If you get a chance, I’d love to hear why you chose Shurley and Sequential Spelling. I’ve heard of both but haven’t had my hands on either one. Glad you were able to makes some decisions. You should feel really good about that! It was wonderful to meet you all. I would have really enjoyed a little more time chatting with you but I am grateful for what we had. Blessings!

  3. Jennifer Grubb permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:47 am

    Home School Curricula 2011-2012

    Spelling- Natural Speller
    Grammar- First Language Lessons
    Reading-Ancient, Medieval, and early Renaissance writings
    Writing- Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Series; Writing Strands
    Math- Math in Focus: Singapore Approach (from Saxon Math)
    History- Ancient-early Renaissance The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child
    Science- Life Science, Earth Science, and Astronomy, various sources
    Language- Basic vocab’s from familiar languages (Spanish, French, etc.); will begin Latin in “third” grade (age 8)
    Art- Artistic Pursuits
    Music- Piano Lessons; Classical Kids series; Beethoven’s Wig: Sing-Along Symphonies; Coloring Books of Great Composers; Mr. Pipes series
    *We are also most likely joining the local Classical Conversations home-school group. They meet once a week and do memory work, etc. This will be supplemental to our work at home.

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