There is one thing I want to be as I head into the new school year, and that’s prepared. When I began homeschooling this year, I changed curriculums for the first two months of school and I think we pretty much tossed English out the window because I couldn’t settle on anything that I liked. Granted, the life of a full-time working mom demands flexibility, especially for this homeschooling newbie! But we could have accomplished so much more had I been a little more prepared.
If you will remember from this post, I had most of my curriculum picked a couple of months ago. However, I have made some changes. Here now is my final curriculum choice for my daughter’s upcoming 8th grade year. My goal was to have everything bought and received my mid-July, and to have my master calendar done by the first week of August. I am in good shape!
Math – Teaching Textbooks Pre-Alegebra
My daughter loves this curriculum. Last year she managed to do all of the work using the CD’s, without ever really touching the workbook. If she needed to work a problem, she used scratch paper. This year, I will purchase the workbook as I believe it will be needed for pre-algebra.
Science – God’s Design for Heaven and Earth Science (Answers in Genesis)
We did God’s Design for the Human Body this past year to round out our Life Science and anatomy and, although this was not her favorite, she enjoyed it enough to continue on with the series this next year.
History, Vocabulary & Literature – America The Beautiful (Notgrass)
I am extremely excited to begin this history curriculum. A friend and I went in together to purchase it (It’s about $120). I will use it this coming year, then she will use it the following year for her daughter, and hand it off to me the year after that for my son. This is a comprehensive history curriculum which includes biblical thinking, map and timeline work, vocabulary, creative writing, and literature.
Grammar – Abeka Grammar & Composition II
This is one area where I was undecided. I wanted a little bit more than just Easy Grammar. Although I’ve never used an Abeka product before, I found this for sale in a homeschool forum and it looks good. Hopefully it will serve it’s purpose.
We will be working through the Leading God’s Generation series of book studies. I stumbled upon this and know my daughter will enjoy it. Each series has a student journal that they work through. We will begin with Hearing God’s Voice, studying Proverbs and Psalm 119. You can view a sample here. The other two books we will do this next year are Thinking God’s Way (Philippians, Romans 12 and The Sermon on the Mount), and Doing God’s Will (James and topical passages). I was able to download all of the journals for about $5.00 each, saving me about $30 total!
I have to say that I am feeling very prepared and looking forward to starting the school year in just about 8 weeks. I think summer is too short, don’t you?
Have you finished purchasing your curriculum for the coming year? I would love to know what you will be doing. Please share in the comments below.