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Monday, January 22, 2018

Curriculum We Have Loved Using - Virtual Homeschool Fair -Week 3

Welcome back to week 3 of the Virtual Homeschool Fair hosted by Homeschooling Hearts and Minds. This week we will be sharing what we actually are using with our children.


Since I already have a run down of all the curriculum we are using this year in the post  2017-2018 Curriculum Line up, here I will share with you the curriculum companies I have loved using during our 10 years of Homeschooling.

As I mentioned last week, our homeschool debut was geared towards classical education, so I have had an affinity to classical homeschool companies over the years. These include:
  • Tapestry of Grace: This has been our core curriculum for the humanities up to now. It incorporates History, Geography, literature, worldview and in the High School years Philosophy and Government. It involves lots of reading and critical thinking. The past 3 years I have had the boys join an online co-op to enhance the discussion aspect of the curriculum.
  • Classical Academic Press: I love this company. I have used their Latin curriculum, Latin for Children, and am currently using their Writing and Rhetoric series, which I started at book one. We are now at book 6.  I have also loved using their logic series, The Art of Argument, last year, and this year the Discovery of Deduction(or the next year, since we still have not started it).
  • The Well Trained Mind: I used their First Language Lessons program all the way to level 4 (skipping level 3)
  • Michael Clay Thompson curriculum. We have mainly used and loved their Grammar program, which we used up to the 1st book of the high school level. I am still debating whether to keep going. or not.... I like the whole language approach it offers.
Other companies I have loved include:
  • Veritas Press. I enjoyed their Bible curriculum, and they also have a good History program, which we tried out one year for a review.
  • Life of Fred, which worked better for my Math oriented son. I am still using it with him
  • Bible Road Trip. This is a Bible curriculum that I really like. It goes through the whole Bible in three years and includes memorization and thinking question. Unfortunately I dropped the ball on the third year, but am still hoping to give this another rotation.
  • The Logic of English, which I really enjoyed using with the boys for Phonic and Spelling. You can read my review for more details about it.
When it comes to science, we have jumped around a lot when it comes to curriculum and I have yet to find a curriculum that I truly love and embrace. The two that came close are Visual Learning System (which was a review item), and Classic Science, although I kind of like Real Science 4 Kids as well but found them not meaty enough.

Same story applies for our math journey, though we have used CTC math for most of the years, as I kept getting it for review. Last year we switched to Lifepac (Alpha &Omega), more because we wanted to witch to paper Math. Their foundation gained with CTC seems to be strong enough.



Looking for more curriculum ideas? Visit my fellow homeschool bloggers! 
Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 22nd.

Our Homeschool Plan for 3rd, 6th, 8th, & 12th Grades by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Our 10th Grade Plans by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Planning Out Our Unschooling Studies by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
The Details of Curriculum by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Reflections of a Curriculum Junkie by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Freedom through nature journaling. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
How I pull together a homeschool curriculum without packaged curriculum by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
Our Favorite Curriculum and Resources - An Annotated Bibliography by Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
Our 2018 Homeschool Curriculum Choices by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Top Home Educating Resources by Sarah @ DeliveringGrace
Homeschooling Curriculum We Are Using This Year by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Use the Force and Complete the Course by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Choices, choices - how to choose your curriculum wisely by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
Our Curriculum Needs - grade seven by Annette @ A Net in Time
The Heart of Our School by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
What We Have Loved Using - Virtual Homeschool Fair -Week 3 by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
How to Avoid Gaps in Education by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
Tricky Subjects and Starting the Decision Making Process by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
High School Syllabus by TrueNorthHomeschoolAcademy @ GoldenGrasses
How We Homeschool Together (Our Curriculum Choices for Preschool, First, and Tenth Grade) by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine




















4 comments:

Kym Thorpe said...

Life of Fred was a favorite of ours as well.

Brittney Mom's Heart said...

We've used a few of these, and I also love Logic of English. I am preparing to use Foundations again soon with my (almost) 5 year old!

Michele said...

Loved seeing of our favorites in your list as well! Isn't it amazing how much is out there!??

mrsthurin said...

Great list of curriculum. I really wanted my kids to love Life of Fred but it was a no go. So glad for all the options we have.

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