For many years on this blog I shared what homeschool curricula choices I’d made for the year. Then, in April 2017 I started a new business. My blog took a big backseat after that.
Recently I decided to begin writing here again, mostly because I still have an audience. About once a week someone emails or messages me saying something I wrote helped them or changed their life in some way.
And so I’m back… because I miss it!
I mostly create content via Facebook Live now, so if you’re so inclined, look me up there.
I hope you enjoy this post about our homeschool 2019/2020.
Truth be told, I’m sometimes still uneasy about sharing WHAT we do in our homeschool.
Because that’s not nearly as important as the WHY we do. (I believe that’s the most important consideration about nearly any life choice, not just homeschooling!)
Develop a philosophy about it. Then, choosing the “stuff to do” becomes easy.
But also because families, and kids, are all different. My choices shouldn’t influence yours. And it’s easy to read too much into these things.
The lovely thing about having been a homeschooling parent for 16 years (my oldest is 21) is this: I’m more confident and relaxed about it every year. I have two graduates now and know the kids will be all right.
This year I have: 2 young adult graduates living at home. And 2 high schoolers, 2 primary schoolers and a pre-K student.
The two oldest, both boys, are busy working and creating and living. (Although the 18 year old knows he won’t be issued his diploma until he finishes reading the Best Of articles on Mr. Money Mustache’s blog. Teaching my kids personal finance is hugely important to me. I don’t want them growing up ignorant and making the same money mistakes hubby and I did.)
Eldest apprentices and works with my husband doing furniture repair and a little tutoring on the side. (Math tutoring. Which I wish my 44 year old self could go back and inform my 23 year old new mom self. And I literally just had to use my computer to subtract. He didn’t get the math gene from me.) He also spends a lot of time in ministry and is planning a month-long trip to the Philippines. He’s been learning Tagalog for some time now and this will certainly help!
The new grad is working on his cell phone repair business and eBay business (which he’s been running since he was 10). And doing quite a bit of driving of younger siblings around. (What ever will I do when I don’t have an errand boy? I hate driving!)
Here’s what the homeschoolers are up to:
Ilana, 11th grade – Ilana chose Easy Peasy All-In-One this year. She did this last year and likes it. I’m pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive it is for a free online curriculum. Amazing, the free and frugal homeschool resources that are available these days.
Sadie, 9th grade – we chose Abeka for her entire curriculum. This is the first time EVER that I’ve used a complete “out of the box” curriculum. She felt strongly about wanting to go this route. And unlike her big sis, she doesn’t like online school. At first we considered Penn Foster, but I didn’t think it was rigorous enough. Some digging around let us to Abeka. It’s excellent, and we’ll probably return to it for 10th grade next year.
For the younger children, I don’t do “grade levels”. My general philosophy about kids this age is that they mature and change so quickly, I don’t fuss too much about whether they’re “keeping up with their peers“. If that was my concern, they’d be in a classroom with 20 other students.
They’re individuals, and they learn at different paces. They also have unique strengths that may very well follow them into adulthood. The beauty of homeschooling, in part, is allowing those strengths to blossom in the best of environments.
As an example, Victoria, 6, isn’t reading well yet. But, she does the same math curriculum as her sister, who is two years older.
Ruby, 9 – Story of the World for history and geography, along with the tests and coloring pages from the activity guide. Science consists of reading, nature studies. Math is Teaching Textbooks. Grammar from Sheldon’s Advanced Language Lessons (this is an ancient book you can print free from Google books).
Victoria, 6 – Teaching Textbooks for Math, various reading and nature studies for science. Story of the World for history and geography (she mostly does the coloring pages from the activity guide). We do a little phonics daily and lots of read aloud.
Josiah, 4 – although I usually do NO formal schooling at this age, little Josiah gets quite upset with me if we don’t. So we spend some time every day counting and subtracting. He’s also trying to learn how to hold a pencil. He loves read aloud. His job is to learn to be obedient. Because that makes everything else easy. Ha!
This month’s read alouds: Swiss Family Robinson and My Side of the Mountain.
What’s new in your homeschool?