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Y’all … two years ago I was homeschooling 5 kids, and now I’m down to 3. It is such a weird feeling after all these years of a full house! My students are in 9th (ds), 7th (dd), and 3rd (dd).
My two oldest now work for my husband, and we couldn’t be more proud of their character and work ethic. And for those of you who have to drag your kids out of bed every morning (like I did with these two), they get themselves up and out the door with no help from me. So don’t worry about it! Your kids can handle the “Real World” just fine.
We had several changes to our curriculum plan this year. The biggest is that this is the first year that at least half of our subjects haven’t been pieced together using free curriculum. I have always loved hunting down free resources, but I came across several great sets that I wanted to purchase this year.
As much as I enjoy gathering free stuff to use, it has been quite refreshing to have most of our year planned out for me. I never realized how much time it took to assemble those weekly plans until I didn’t have to do it any more.
I completely adore one of our new curriculum publishers – The Good and the Beautiful. I came across this company in one of my searches for free curriculum because the Language Arts Levels 1-5 are free to print and use. I decided that this would be a good fit for my youngest, and then I ended up winning the physical set in a giveaway!
I was so impressed at the quality and beauty of the books and artwork that I decided to order the history curriculum. It was a bit of a risk because the history follows an ancient-to-modern timeline each year, with more events being filled in each year (4 year cycle). If we ended up not liking it, I was going to have to play catch up with my high school son.
So far we love it! My kids are not history fans, but they actually look forward to our lessons each day. There are three levels of worksheets/notebook pages, so we all do the lesson together and then they do the appropriate level page.
Here is our 2017-2018 Homeschool Curriculum Plan:
- God’s Hand in Our Lives – Old Testament (all – FREE)
- Writers in Residence Volume 1 (9th)
- Readers in Residence Volume 1 (7th)
- The Good and the Beautiful Level 2 (3rd – FREE to print)
See what my homeschool friends are sharing for curriculum week, and link up your own, at the iHomeschool Network Back to School Blog Hop.