Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

2013-2014 homeschool curr

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It’s hard to believe we are coming to the close of another homeschool year.  As I’ve mentioned before, we school year round.  The kids will soon be finishing their 2nd & 5th grade years, and jumping right into their 3rd & 6th grade years.  I have homeschooled my kids since the beginning of their education.   We are now heading into our 7th official year of homeschooling.  Unbelievable!

The start of a new year, with new books and a fresh start, is always an exciting time.

5 out of the past 6 years we have used Heart of Dakota, with a few minor changes here and there.  The past couple of years, I did some bigger changes that I am now wishing I hadn’t done.  I tried changing out my oldest’s Language Arts (to SOS), & both of the kids Science (first to Apologia, then to SOS).  The reason for both of those changes is that I felt like I just wasn’t doing them justice in those subjects at a certain point in time, so I felt that getting them done another way would be better than nothing.  And maybe for a time, that was what we needed.  However, I have felt the Lord drawing me back to just sticking with HOD for mostly everything.  By branching out a bit, I’ve realized, even more, just how wonderful HOD truly is.  I’m a little sad that I made those changes over the past year and a half, but at the same time, thankful that the Lord has shown me this now.

There are a couple of things I have changed about HOD, that I am happy I have changed, and will stick with.  One change I made half way through this year was for my daughter.  She was really struggling with her math, and I got to the point where I felt I was not able to explain it to her in a way she could understand.  HOD recommends Singapore math, which is arguably the best math curriculum (academically) out there.  My son excels in math, and thrives on Singapore.  I believe Singapore is an awesome, solid, excellent Math curriculum. However, I just knew in my heart, my daughter was going to need a different approach.  Different learning styles need different approaches to subjects, at times, and we can’t be afraid to branch out and try something that fits a specific learning style. Just one of the many beauties of homeschooling.  So, halfway through the year, I bought a Teaching Textbooks Math 3 Kit.  Although she was doing 2nd grade in Singapore, it’s about a grade level higher than the average math program or public school math.  So, she did great with the 3rd grade level.  She is ABSOLUTELY loving it, and is so excited to do her math now.  And that makes me so happy too!   The other change I have made that I will stick with is our Bible Study time.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE Carrie’s choices for Bible study in her guides.  I do. I just want to do our Bible study time all together in the mornings, so I like to see where the Lord leads us for the year in this, and find something we can all do together.  This past year we used Apologia’s Who Is God and Can I Really Know Him?.  The kids LOVED this Bible curriculum, and have begged me to get the next one (Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?) for our next school year.  (These also happen to be used in HOD is some of the older aged guides).  Other than these two changes, we will be back to using HOD the way it is planned out.

Without further ado, here is our curriculum lineup for our 2013-2014  Home School year…

 

Trevor – 6th grade (age 10.5 at the start of our year)

Heart of Dakota’s “Hearts for Him Through Time: Revival to Revolution”revival-to-revolution

HISTORY:

SCIENCE:

HISTORY READ ALOUDS:

WRITING:

The Exciting World of Creative Writing

READING:

Heart of Dakota’s Drawn Into the Heart of Reading with the level 6/7 book pack

ENGLISH:

Rod & Staff Building Christian English Progressing with Courage Grade 6

MATH:

Singapore Math 6 A & B

185169: Singapore Math: Primary Math Workbook 6A US Edition Singapore Math: Primary Math Workbook 6A US Edition

 

BIBLE:

337020: Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? Biblical Worldview of Self-Image Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? Biblical Worldview of Self-Image

Zoe – 3rd grade (age 8.5 at the start of our year)

Heart of Dakota’s “Preparing Hearts For His Glory”preparing-hearts-hp1

HISTORY:

SCIENCE:

HISTORY READ ALOUDS:

READING:

Heart of Dakota’s Drawn into the Heart of Reading with the level 3 book pack

ENGLISH:

Rod & Staff Beginning Wisely: English 3 Teacher’s Manual (Building Christian English Series, 3)

 

MATH:

8950035: Math 4: Teaching Textbooks Math 4: Teaching Textbooks

BIBLE:

337020: Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? Biblical Worldview of Self-Image Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? Biblical Worldview of Self-Image

 

Felicity – starting the year at age 10 months

Lots of love, snuggles, reading, toys, & playing :)  Plus she gets the added bonus of being around the big kids while they do their school work! ;)

Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Hi, we will be using HOD for the first time this year. I am going to put my 9 year old with extensions and my 7 year old both in Bigger. In the past we have done MFW Adventures and MFW Exploring countries and cultures. I own both Bigger and Preparing HOD sets but was told to start with Bigger since this will be our first year with HOD. Technically I will have a 2nd gander and 4th grader. I hope Bigger is enough for my 4th grade with the extensions.

    • Hi Jennifer! I LOVE HOD! I am sure you will too. I think that sounds like a great plan, and am sure that with the extension packs for your older child, it will all work out wonderfully. It is nice that you will be combining them. There is a great FB group for HOD, are you on there too?

  2. Hi! Just found your blog. We are doing HOD for the 1st time this year..My Daughter will be 3rd doing Bigger and my son will be doing LHFHG for Kinder…Really excited! It actually just arrived today. I will definitely be following your blog :)

  3. So glad to find another HOD mom :) We’re doing Beyond and CtC this year. This is our second year in HOD. I almost planned something else for my youngest, but then it was too hard to leave HOD just yet. We’re so excited about our new school year. I would love to hear how Rev to Rev and Preparing go with you :)
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