Curriculum Choices for the 2018-2019 Homeschool Year

We are in our 14th year of homeschooling. I am not even sure how that happened! Some would think that after that many years, curriculum choices would be a breeze…haha…I am here to tell you that I still get flustered at times when planning our curriculum. There are so many great, amazing options available now I think it may have been easier 14 years ago when we first began. Our homeschool is a mish-mash of styles & methods because one size does not fit all in our homeschool, so we have very eclectic homeschool curriculum choices for the 2018-2019 year.

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Check out our September Morning Time Basket to see what our eclectic homeschool curriculum choices for Bible, Art, Nature Study, Missionary Study, Poetry, & Geography are for this year.

Our Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum Choices for 2nd & 8th grades in 2018-2019

Because our homeschool style is very eclectic & relaxed, a steep lean towards unschooling, we use a large variety of curriculum throughout our homeschool year. We rarely “complete” a curriculum because we pick and choose what we learn from each resource. Some curriculum resources for this year may very well be repeated resources from previous years.

Individual Studies in Our Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum Choices

8th Grade

For mathematics, we are using the Daily Math course and Fractions Workshop from SchoolhouseTeachers.com and XtraMath for math drills.

Language Arts will be a mix of a Daily Grammar course from SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Reading Comprehension Fundamentals from Evan MoorSimply Cursive, and a variety of chapter books for reading.

We also have an assortment of workbooks from Evan Moor, Scholastic, and DK that we will pull worksheets from for extra work in their daily work binders.

2nd Grade

Math will be Easy Peasy – allinonehomeschool.com Math 1 for review for the first part of the year and then moving on to Math 2.

In previous years we have attempted formal reading lessons with little success, recently though an interest has been peaked to learn. We have a set of McGuffey’s Readers that we will be using along with Learn to Read and the McGuffey’s Phonics and Reading app from LiteracySoft. We will also be using Teach Your Monster to Read because it is a favorite “game.”

Nature Book Club is an online book club that we participate in each month and we have a KiwiCrate subscription. I actually had to put a hold on our KiwiCrate subscription. We have at least eight kits that we haven’t used yet.

Five in a Row is a favorite in this homeschool, so I am sure that we will include a few books to “row.”

eclectic homeschool curriculum choices

Together Studies in Our Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Science

For both, 2nd & 8th grades we are using Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology. Extra assignments from some of our other homeschool resources will be added for a more in-depth study for 8th grade.

There will be plenty of opportunities for science lessons on the farm with gardening & raising chickens, turkeys, & guinea and during hunting season. <<<unschooling

Social Studies

The Story of the World Vol. 2 is for 2nd & 8th-grade studies, with additional assignments from our other homeschool resources for 8th grade.

Our Ohio History studies will include, reading Along the Ohio Trail and field trips from the Ohio History Passport.

We will occasionally participate in a monthly Geo-Box or Flat Traveller swap through the Homeschool Swapping Adventures group.

Throughout the year, we will read about Words that Built a Nation.

The boys will also be learning about different countries through class time, art, & gym in homeschool co-op twice a month this year. We haven’t done a co-op since the beginning of our homeschool journey. The boys are both excited!

Other Homeschool Resources

I “bought” a StudyIsland subscription with SmartPoints from Homeschool Buyers Co-op that we will most likely only be using for testing and assessment purposes throughout the year.

The following homeschool resources will be incorporated into our studies throughout the year for interest-led learning.

UnitStudy.com

Online Unit Studies

NotebookingPages.com

Of course, there will be days that “book” work won’t happen. Plenty of learning will be done though. Daily life experiences are an important part of education. <<<<unschooling

So, there it is.

Our very Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum Choices for 2018-2019. A mix of unit studies, CM inspired, hands-on, interest-led, and unschooling all mish-mashed into one fabulous year of homeschooling.

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