Our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2020-2021 school year! This will be our 18th year of homeschooling!
Eighteen years of homeschooling. The time has flown by so quickly!
Our oldest two children have graduated from our homeschool, and now we just have three students. This year we’ll have fifth grade, ninth grade, and eleventh grade.
One in elementary, and two in high school.
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And, this will be the last year that I have an elementary-age student! Oh, the time goes by so fast!
Teaching the younger years has always been my favorite. I love doing nature walks and nature study, and reading picture books.
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They grow up quicker than you can ever believe possible. It literally feels like one day you have young children, and the next day they’re all grown up!
Since this will be my last year of elementary, I’m trying to make the most of the time with my youngest. I’m adding in as many fun things as possible.
And I don’t think I can give up the picture books any time soon. I still think picture books are a delightful way to learn. I enjoy them myself!
My Homeschool Lesson Planner
Every year I use an Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner for my homeschool planning.
I’ve written about this planner several times before.
(If you create an account with Erin Condren here, you can get a $10 off coupon to use on your first order.)
Erin’s planners are beautiful and inspiring, and that’s why I keep using them.
Here’s how I modify the Erin Condren planner to work for my homeschool planning needs.
Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices
I always choose our history curriculum before anything else. This year, after spending this past school year in the Middle Ages, we’ll be moving into U.S. history, which I’m really looking forward to.
Some of the things we’ll be using this year will be new to us, and others are old favorites that we return to again and again.
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My personal preference is to have everyone on the same page in history. So, even though we’ll be studying history at different levels, we’ll all be in the same time period.
For history this year, I decided to go with My Father’s World.
We’ve used bits and pieces of the My Father’s World curriculum through the years, but this will be our first year to use a whole year plan from them.
After getting an overview of the books, I’m really looking forward to it! I think it’s going to be a very productive year.
I love that the high school guide focuses on biblical worldview. This will be perfect for my two high schoolers.
My ninth and eleventh graders will be sharing the books for this course (they will each have their own lesson plan book to follow). This will save money and also keep us all studying the same historical period.
There is some geography included in the MFW lessons, but we’ll also be continuing to use our Pin It! Maps. These are my favorite geography/map resource!
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This year our U.S. history maps will be especially useful. If you haven’t seen these maps yet, I highly recommend them!
For math, we’ll be using Teaching Textbooks for the 8th year in a row! This math curriculum has definitely saved my sanity.
I also add in some math activities and games for my youngest from Right Start Math.
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I am totally impressed with Master Books’ science curriculum. We’ve used it for several years, and I have only good things to say about them.
My high schoolers will both be using a Master Books biology course. They will also be doing a biology lab, also from Master Books. Again, they will be sharing this course, to make it more affordable.
Part of the course involves using a microscope (which is available on their website).
My fifth grader will be doing the science included in his MFW lesson plan.
In addition to the recommended Apologia Botany book (which we already had on our shelves from when we used it years ago), I’m also adding the following recommended activities:
And possibly also an owl pellet kit and an aquarium. My son is very hands-on, and loves living things, so this is right up his alley!
Years ago, when my oldest children were little, we did the very same butterfly garden and ant mountain, and we enjoyed it so much. I wanted my youngest to have these same experiences before he loses interest in these types of things.
In addition to the literature books we’ll be reading for history, we’ll also be filling our book basket with more living books the kids will read independently.
The MFW guides include lists of book suggestions for book basket that we’ll be referring to, as well as just using the books already on our shelves.
My two oldest will be using Easy Grammar again (we’ve been using this for many years).
My youngest will be using My Father’s World’s Language Lessons for Today. This will be our third year using it.
We tried a different program for my youngest last year, and it wasn’t a good fit for him, so we went back to Language Lessons for Today.
It works really well for him since you can do most of it orally.
Some writing is included in the High School MFW guide.
My youngest will be using the MFW Writing Skills for Today book.
For handwriting, I’m using Handwriting Without Tears for my youngest. We’ve used this before, and it worked well for him.
My high schoolers wanted a handwriting/penmanship program, so we’re using Patriotic Penmanship this year. This also serves as copywork.
For picture study, we’ll be again using Simply Charlotte Mason’s Picture Study Portfolios. We’ve been using these for years.
For actual art lessons, we’ll be using these free watercolor art lessons.
Hymn study and composer study is also included in the MFW elementary guide.
If you’re familiar with Charlotte Mason, you know she recommended that children learn how to do what she called “handicrafts.”
These are some of the skills we’re continuing to work on:
These are some of the electives our children will be working on:
- Piano lessons
- Computer programming
As I mentioned last year, Evening Time currently works better for our family than Morning Time. When the children were younger, I always planned for Morning Time.
Now, we gather in the evenings and focus on those things that matter most to us. It’s a time to study the Bible, memorize verses, and sing together.
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Starting a New School Year
For the first time ever, I’m planning to start our school year in July! I usually wait until August or even September, but I’ve decided I’d like to be done earlier in the year. So, we’re hoping to get a head start.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our homeschool curriculum choices for the coming school year. I’ve got our school room all organized and just about ready to get started!
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