Curriculum I Use

Written in April 2008 for Christian County Headliner News, MO

Whenever a couple of homeschoolers get together usually one of the first questions they ask is, “What curriculum do you use?” I think this is a very relevant question right now with the Southwest Missouri curriculum fair going on this weekend. It starts Thurs. from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Fri. 8:00am-5:30pm, and Sat. 8:00am-5:30pm. For me, this is one of the most important events as a home school mom. I go every year. It gives me a chance to see many different kinds of curriculum. I like to go so I can actually look through the books instead of just looking at the cover on the internet. There are lots of people there ready to answer my numerous questions. I attend classes all day Friday and Saturday in many different subjects concerning home schooling and raising a family. I try to plan ahead what books I might want to buy and what items I need for next year. I like to buy there so I can save on shipping and sometimes they have sales! Think about your child’s learning style, how much time and money you have to spend on each book. I also make sure not to forget my cart on wheels. You can get them at Staples or elsewhere. It is the little box that you can pull. All the books and curriculum I buy gets heavy, plus all the brochures! It is a necessity for me.

I am going to give you a quick breakdown of what I use. Just remember, what works for me, might not for you! I use Rod and Staff preschool books and readers; Slow and Steady Get Me Ready is for birth to five; Bright Minds books and computer programs are so fun; Math-U-See thru 5th; Shurley Grammar (for all grades) teaches grammar with a lot of songs to memorize the parts of speech; read all of Ruth Beechicks books; Five in a Row for sure. You can start Apologia Science 1st grade and after. It is the best. How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is super. Read, read, read. Read as many living books as we can. I buy books at the library sales and start building your own library. Teaching Textbooks is the Math for grades 5th and up. My kids love it! For History I love The Story of the World with workbooks; Streams of Civilization for older. My children have always read a lot of history books and G.A. Henty history books. Uh oh, I’m running out of room. Spelling Power. I wish I could afford all of Sonlight’s books! Their curriculum is so wonderful. I shop at Radiant, Mardels, CPO, IPA, and Redeemed Used books. They have lots of used curriculum. I use a variety of other books as I find them and need them. All my children keep journals from age 3 and up. They draw pictures or write! We write books starting at age three also. We use as many “life” skills as we can. Of course, some people buy the curriculum from one company such as Alpha Omega, Bob Jones, or A Beka. They are great, just not for me. Of course, you can do the internet schools or DVD. Out a’ room! Hope to see ya’ this weekend! Sheri