Curriculum 2013-2014

Green Apple on Books

I say this every year, but I mean it more, every time I say it. I am really excited about our selections next year.

We are also adding a few new things for our school days…

BREAKFAST! Each week the older two will take turns having a breakfast date with me and my husband. Mom/daughter one week and Father/son the next. We have a couple of parent/teen devotionals picked out. These will be a time to get away from the noise and happy chaos and just spend one on one time with these TWO teens of mine.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN! I am letting each child pick one topic. We will take three days off of school during the year and spend the entire day devoted to the topic of their choice!

HOLIDAYS! My bloggy friend and fellow HHM team member, Megan, does the BEST thing and it is a perfect opener for our school day. Did you know that there is about a jillion holidays? National Hot Dog Day? How about National Hot Cross Buns Day? We are going to find them and celebrate them! More to come on this, but so excited! We will be using this resource along with others.

JESUS CALLING! I recently attended an amazing conference. A friend and I attended a session about having awesome quiet times with the Lord. The speaker told us about a book and I jotted it down so I could pick it up when I got home. Guess what arrived on my door a few days later. My sneaky friend was peeking at my notes and beat me to it. Sweet girl. It is the BEST book. I discovered there is a kids version. We will start our day together with this.

OUTSIDE LEARNING! My older two will each be attending two classes a piece outside the home. We have a store about 40 minutes away that is a homeschool resource store. They bring in teachers for various classes. We will be heading up there once a week for writing and science.

After MUCH prayer and research…

* I purchase everything I can through Rainbow Resource. It is the cheapest I have found. I attached the links to the product’s website, however, just in case you wanted information about the product! 

Cameron- 9th grade

Language Arts – Total Language Plus | Around the World in 80 Days, Lord of The Flies, Trumpeter of Krakow, and the Hiding Place.

History- Trail Guide to World Geography, Weekly Book Reports

Science – Apologia, Biology {taken at Kingdom Builders}

Writing- Essay Writing/ Short Stories {taken at Kingdom Builders}

Math- Math U See, Pre Algebra

Art/ Art History – See the Light

Foreign Language- Spanish

Bible- You Version Read thru the Bible in a year and various study books

PE- Running, complete one race per quarter


Taylor – 8th grade

Bible- Polished Cornerstones

History- Bob Jones, American Republic

Science- Apologia, Physical Science {taken at Kingdom Builders}

Language arts – Total Language Plus  | Anne of Green Gables, Incredible Journey, Swiss Family Robinson, and Christmas: Three Short Stories

Math- Math U See, Algebra

Writing- Essay Writing / Short Stories {taken at Kingdom Builders}

Art- See the Light

Elective – Photography  Gardens  Horses

PE- Family Time Fitness


Emma- 3rd grade

Character- Building Christian Character

Math- Math U See, Beta Gamma

History, Bible, Science, Geography, Music, Art,  – My Father’s Word, Adventures in US History

Penmanship – Handwriting Without Tears/ Cursive

Phonics –Explode the Code / Books 7 and 8

Grammar- Primary Language Lessons

Reading/Spelling – Book Studies Including:

The Boxcar ChildrenVeritas Press Comprehension Guide

Milly Molly MandyVeritas Press comprehension Guide

Charlottes WebVeritas Press Comprehension Guide / Confessions of a Homeschooler Classic Literature Unit

Polar ExpressGuide to Using Polar Express in the classroom…complete with a Polar Express Christmas Party!

PE- Family Time Fitness



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11 Responses to Curriculum 2013-2014
  1. Laura
    June 6, 2013 | 12:11 am

    We got the kids version of Jesus Calling and are in love with it. It’s perfection 🙂 Hearing the bible speak directly to you from God like that is so awesomely awesome! And it’s short enough that the kids don’t float away while we read it.

  2. Rikki
    June 6, 2013 | 5:26 am

    So fun to read your list! You have some awesome ideas, as usual!!

  3. Amy G
    June 6, 2013 | 6:51 am

    Hooray for new curriculum!! How is it that we just finished the school year and we’re already excited for next year? I too have all our curriculum planned and ordered- so fun! Today I need to clean up the classroom and organize all the papers. Hooray! School’s out for summer!!!

    We started both Jesus Calling books and love ’em!

  4. Alicia @ La Famille
    June 6, 2013 | 7:15 am

    Well I just love your list. Love it. I love your idea for holidays…can’t wait to hear more on that. AND the idea of taking days off to study what the kids pick?! Brilliant. Might have to swipe that one from you 😉 Thanks for all your resources…I am so behind. Haven’t made my decisions yet. There’s a list, but no final decisions….

  5. Alicia @ La Famille
    June 6, 2013 | 7:20 am

    One question: why did you choose total language plus? i’m just wondering. I want to add more literature and do projects and writing projects based on our lit choices and just wondered…

  6. NaturallyCarly
    June 6, 2013 | 8:11 am

    I love this! Can’t wait to go back and re-read through all your choices. I’m equally excited about what we’re doing and busy using some summer time to do my part of the planning. Thanks!

  7. Kelly @ View Along the Way
    June 10, 2013 | 10:06 am

    I love hearing about your homeschool plans! We’re trying to decide if it’s the right thing for us – we still have some time – but hearing about these fun things you’re doing definitely motivates me to want to homeschool!

  8. Heidi (Dearly Loved Mist)
    June 14, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Great idea for breakfast with the older ones. Special times to be had!

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