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I know that some of you have been homeschooling for a long time and have found your groove, but this is definitely helpful for those starting out.
So...this year, what curriculum choices were hits for your kids...and which ones will you absolutely not be using again?
My list is LONG. LOL
Total MISSES: (i.e. won't be using again)
Calvert - school in a box. Boy, was that ever a costly miss! My kids are just not "all one level" kids.
Growing with Grammar
Writing Tales II
Writing Strands (tried TWICE)
Calvert Spelling CD
CLE Learn to Read
Didn't Hate, but won't use again
Singapore Math (I wanted to love it, but CLE tops it here)
Maps, Graphs, Globes Geography
HITS: (read...love them and will keep using them OR use them again possibly)
CLE Math, Language Arts, and Bible
Writing With Ease
Explode the Code...and the online version.
Last edited by ~hsingtreehouse~; May 20th, 2009 at 08:27 AM.
Sonlight and ARTistic Pursuits are major hits. We didn't have any misses, but that's because we're sticking to what works now.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside
Explode the Code
Handwriting without Tears
Studying God's Word
Let's Read and Find Out Science books (all of them; boys all love them, even my 3yo)
Horizons math 1 (Toby is still doing K fine so it's not a total write-off)
First Language Lessons 1 (I really didn't like it but once it was sold, Bailey told me he was disappointed which was a surprise to me!)
Bible Explorer -- this wasn't too bad it just moved too slowly for me so we switched to Studying God's Word
Phonics Pathways -- Toby really doesn't like it but I really can't say it's bad! He would just rather read real books than a huge textbook. I'll keep it for now.
HitsMUS Primer, Alph, & Gamma
LLATL blue & orange
Mystery of History vol. 1
BJU English 4, Phonics & Reading 1, and K (absolute torture for all of us!)
Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy (not a total miss...we enjoyed it, it was just too much reading...may try it again when they're older)
Happy Homeschooling Mom to:
Hits: My Father's World as the core (includes Bible, history/geography, science, music, art, crafts) Spelling Power - But I use this in my own way, I didn't even read how they wanted you to use it:) Singapore Math - plus games, worksheets and computer programs/games to practice drill work Intermediate Language Lessons - and we really liked Primary Language Lessons when she was younger.
Not sure on yet - though maybe not misses
Writing Strands - We have worked through this even though she didn't enjoy it at all. I was ready to give it up, but in the last couple of lessons, I'm starting to see some progress. We only got through lesson 8 this year as writing is a weak point, we will continue to finish this book next year and see how things go. Handwriting- Liked A Reason for Handwriting when she was young, though not so much anymore. Don't know what to use now, if anything. She can write in cursive, though she still needs to look up some letters that she doesn't use often and most of the upper-case ones. We may just stick to doing some of her writing (spelling practice, copy work, or Writing Strands lessons) in cursive and have her practice that way.
This was our 5th year of homeschooling (4th grade) and our first year that I was happy with all/most of what we used. We will continue with the next level of everything above for next year:)
I think part of what makes it easier as you go along is to be able to see how things can/will progress through-out the years. For instance, we didn't really like Writing Strands, but I can see the progression and like where it is headed. I am able to stick with something now for that reason alone where as when she was younger and I was less experienced at teaching, I would have thrown it out already:)
Shannon (32 years old) ~ Married to dh (for 12 years) ~ Mom to dd (10 years old)
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