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May 20th, 2009, 08:25 AM
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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.
Horizons Math
Growing with Grammar
LLATL Orange
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
Singapore Science

HITS: (read...love them and will keep using them OR use them again possibly)

CLE Math, Language Arts, and Bible
Writing With Ease
Phonics Pathways
Explode the Code...and the online version.
Spelling Power
NOEO Science
Pentime Handwriting

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May 20th, 2009, 08:42 AM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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Sonlight and ARTistic Pursuits are major hits. We didn't have any misses, but that's because we're sticking to what works now.

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May 20th, 2009, 10:33 AM
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Saxon Math

Saxon Phonics

Writting with Ease

First Language lessons

Story of the world ( However will switch to history Odyssey for the 4th year (Modern) since SOTW has bad reviews for that year)

ARTistic Pursuits

Used but not using again:

Living learning books for science

Next year we are replacing this with R.E.A.L. science through Pandia Press
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May 20th, 2009, 10:45 AM
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no misses ..none at all this year.


LLATL Blue,Red and Yellow!

MUS Primer ,Beta and Gamma

Draw Write Now

Abeka History 1 &2

we are sticking to the stuff we've found our groove with this "year"
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May 20th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Explode the Code
Handwriting without Tears
Studying God's Word
Math Mammoth
Let's Read and Find Out Science books (all of them; boys all love them, even my 3yo)
Pathway Readers


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.
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May 20th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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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)
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May 20th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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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:)


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May 20th, 2009, 01:08 PM
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McRuffy Math (K and 3rd)
Thinkwell Math
Winter Promise LA Adv K
Wordly Wise
Latiin's Not so Tough
AO SoS French
Explode the Code online


LLATL Green Book

Not a Hit or a Miss:

Winter Promise AS 2
Explode the Code
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May 20th, 2009, 02:22 PM
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No misses this year, I just realised Duncan has a gift for math so I'll be substituting with MEP again next year

BIG Hit:
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
MEP Maths
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