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Our Homeschool Curriculum – 2014

July 28, 2014

That’s a super catchy title.

I looooove hearing about what curriculums families chose to homeschool with. To me – one of the best parts of homeschooling is searching for the right kind of lessons for both your teaching style and child’s learning/interests. I’ve spent a couple of months now deciding between a few. Of course the first was Five in a Row. I really like how heavily literature based they are, and we’ve used both the Five in a Row 1 and Before Five in a Row.

I also looked at Peace Hill Press, Sonlight, Abeka (I taught this at school), Memoria Press, and Oak Meadow. Each drew me in for different reasons. In the end, I kept going back to Memoria Press.

It’s a classical education based off the book The Well Trained Mind. I’ve been reading that since last year, and just fallen in love with the idea of how it works to educate your children.

As much as I loved Five in a Row, I need a regular routine and structure for this to be able to work for us. Yes, maybe as time passes I’ll be able to loosen the reigns and we’ll find a good flow, but right now I need our school days to be a lot like school. I loved that aspect of teaching, knowing what was coming next and having things in notebooks with a plan. Five in a Row needed me to be structured for it to work past the years we did it. I need it the other way around.

I love that Memoria Press has a strong phonics and reading program for kindergarten. Yes, Bella won’t be 5 until November but she’s already mastered the PreK material (both with Memoria and other curriculums) so we’re moving on. We’re skipping their recommended math for a more hands on approach with Saxon; all manipulative based. I’m not comfortable with her math being worksheet heavy so early on, and of all the programs I looked at Saxon seemed the best fit for her learning style.

Since she’s in a class setting to make friends and have fun outside of our home a few days a week, we plan on doing this in the afternoon. I don’t know how often or how much – we’re going to take it slow and work from there. The last thing I want is her hating school or feeling overwhelmed. And she still needs a lot of time to play by herself/outside/be with us.

I have some curriculum and the rest arrives Wednesday. So I’ve marked it on my calendar as Christmas in July – because that’s how it feels. I still remember having my teacher manuals and student workbooks given to me the years I taught and what a rush I got from that. I still have it.

That’s our plan for this year! Now we’ll see next September how much we stuck to it. 🙂


Where to find:

Memoria Press: The best price I’ve found of all the sites I searched for their curriculum was Rainbow Resource.

Saxon: You can pay far, far less than their site by looking on Ebay and homeschool swap groups on Facebook. 


Questions? Just leave one in the comments and I’ll answer. xo



  • Sarah Silveira

    July 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I've never used it, but a lot of people like the math-u-see program for hands on math, if that's what you're looking for. Saxon is time tested though 🙂

    1. Diana

      July 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      I wavered back and forth on Saxon vs Math-U-See. My push was that my mom used Saxon when she taught and homeschooled and just loved it. But I’m definitely going to look again next year as well – because it comes up over and over in homeschool circles.

  • Myah

    July 29, 2014 at 6:19 am

    We also follow The Well Trained Mind! We will also be joining a Classical Conversations group for the first time this year!

  • Hildy

    July 29, 2014 at 5:03 am

    I looked at Memoria press, but it didn’t have enough of a science focus to satisfy my son’s needs. We ended up going with a hodgepodge of curriculum, including Math-U-See and Logic of English (highly recommend!) I do love the classical teaching style of Memoria Press and their emphasis on Latin, though. Have you looked into Veritas? Very similar in philosophy to Memoria, just slightly different content. We use their history program for kindergarten and it’s wonderful. If you want to see what we chose, I wrote about our curriculum choices here:
    Are you doing a science curriculum at all? That’s one that I’m always curious about because often curriculum catalogs don’t offer a lot for this age group.

    1. Diana

      July 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      You know, I’ve thought a lot about science with Bella, and haven’t found anything that was age appropriate and didn’t cost a small fortune. What I settled on was (for this year) using Kiwi Crate (since so much of it is science based) and letting Daddy work with her on a lot of science. He is constantly outdoors telling her about bugs, catching little critters, having her help him plant grass, flowers, bushes, and then we read science based books all the time. BUT if I can find a really great, cheaper fit I would love to add it in. I feel like science and math are two of the most neglected subjects for the younger years.

      1. Hildy

        July 31, 2014 at 6:31 am

        We’re having the same struggle with science-currently we’re using Science: The Search by David Quine. It’s just experiments and activities to do with your student, along with a “script” that you can use to ask good questions to get them thinking. Right now we’re working on the idea of classifying things by properties, and almost everything in the book just uses household items, and it’s easily adaptable. There are also activities in there like setting up a mini aquarium, observing tadpoles, etc. So far I really like it. My son showed interest in electronics, so we got him a Snap Circuits set. He loves it (my husband does, too!) and it’s an easy/safe way to “play” with simple circuitry. The experiments can go from super simple to almost too complicated for my husband, so it’s something we’ll use for years and worth the money.
        (Sorry to blab on and on about this…I could talk all day about homeschooling, lol!)

  • Diana Schoeniger Skinner

    July 29, 2014 at 6:58 am

    My girls are dual enrolled in a home school and private school, so I get to enjoy picking curriculum for home use and getting to see what they use at school. I am late on curriculum this year. We are using science in a nut shell for science for my K and 2nd grader and I am so excited!

  • Diana Schoeniger Skinner

    July 29, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I love, love, love Saxon math! I am sure you will love it too!

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