Homeschooling

I’ve been homeschooling for 13 years. Some people would say that makes me an expert! I’m not so sure about that, but I have found some great resources along the way. My husband always laughs because when homeschoolers meet new homeschoolers (especially in the early years) one of the very first questions is, “So, what curriculum do you use?”

I have four children who are wildly gifted. They also have dyslexia. My youngest son is only 6 but he has many of the early markers for dyslexia. I’ve had to tweak my own mindset about learning and teaching and I think I’ve found curriculum that serves my children well.  If you have a child (or children) struggling to learn don’t force them to fit into a curriculum. A curriculum is meant to serve you and meet your learning needs, not the other way around. It took me a long time to learn that. I forced my two oldest children to use a math curriculum because I was told it was ‘the best’. Well, it was heavy on reading and used vocabulary that was difficult for me to sound out, never mind my dyslexic elementary school kiddos. The day I set myself free from ‘the best’ curriculum was the beginning of a great homeschool life for us

I’m sure I’ll be adding to this page but for now here’a start:

 

Curriculum I currently use:

 

  • Teaching Text Books for math in the upper grades. This math starts in third grade. It’s on cd and later versions have a self-grading system. I am not a math person so TT has been a life saver for us! I also love that the kids are able to view what they did wrong and watch how to correctly work a problem.
  • Right Start Math for preschool through third grade. This math is visual and does not focus on rote memory. I wish that I had used it with my older children but I did not discover it until two years ago. The children learn to use an abacus (which means I did too!). It required me to learn a completely different approach to teaching math but I am a believer. I used it as a remedial program for my older son and am using it now with my kindergarten age son. I think it’s the best way to teach dyslexics math.
  • Apologia Science for, well, science. I do not start formal science curriculum until sixth grade. Until then we read where interest leads us. The library is an awesome resource for FREE books all about science, and the internet is not half bad either. Apologia science teaches science from a Christian worldview but that’s not the only reason I use them. These are the only science books that have companion audio books and video to accompany them. I know this could be Christian homeschool blasphemy, but I think it’s important that my kids have a well-rounded view of science, so we also explore science from a non-Creationist perspective. This world is so big and there is so much that we do not know and science is not a place for absolutes, in my opinion. As I say to my kids (and I’m not opening it up for debate here) IT’S ALL THEORY!
  • Tapestry of Grace  for history, literature, fine arts, geography, church history and more. I cannot say enough good things about TOG. It is a unit study curriculum and it is amazing. There are four years of TOG and you cycle through them multiple times. I will warn you that it can be overwhelming to look at but as I read every year when I set out to choose our books you don’t have to do it all. As the teacher you can choose what you do and don’t do. If you have any questions about using TOG please feel free to ask.