2015-2016 Home School Curriculum

Each August I write a post on what curriculum we will use for the coming school year. Here are my 2014-2015 home school curriculum, 2013-2014 home school curriculm2012-2013 school curriculum and2011-2012 school curriculum posts. WOW! FIVE FULL years of home educating my kiddos! I can't believe it!

2015-2016 Home School Curriculum

This past summer I really was laid back and didn't have full time or even part time schooling planned. I would say were were part-time part-time schoolers over the summer. We had such a fantastic 2014-2015 school year . . . the girls and I, that I was not as strict as I normally would be.

We worked on Math three mornings a week, but that was simply to finish up our Saxon Math books. I wanted to be able to jump right in to the next level once the school year started. The girls worked on cursive writing skills and they also worked on spelling since we don't touch too much on this subject during the school year. The one aspect I was very strict on was reading. I made the kiddos read every single day.

This school year began four weeks ago and I am just now getting my yearly post up! I'm so behind on everything this year! My girls will be attending the consortium again this year and they fully know what is expected of them. My son will attend his last year at the private christian school this year. Not sure what we are doing with him next year (eck!)

2015-2016 Home School Curriculum

Math: Saxon Math (Level 7/6{6th grader} and 6/5 {4th grader})
Does it work? Yes
Will I continue to use it for 2015-2016? Yes.

Saxon Math is my friend! I have been using this curriculum for a long time. it works for us - I love - my kids know what is expected of them and we will keep using it this year as well. Plus, I already have all the books, so that sort of settles it.

Grammar: Shurley Grammar (Level 4 & 7)
Does it work? Yes
Will I continue to use? YES

This will be our FIFTH year using Shurley Grammar. USE IT! IT IS THE BEST! It will help your kids with grammar . . . it will help your kids with literature . . . it will help your kids with composition . . . it will help your kid with foreign language . . . JUST GET IT! I have to say it is one of the best Grammar curriculum out there, for us.

Spelling: The Grammar of Spelling
Does it work? Yes
Will I continue to use it?  Yes and No

This is new to us curriculum as we just started suing it over the summer. Does it work - YES. Do my girls like it - NO. BUT - they don't like any spelling curriculum I have ever purchased. They simply do not like spelling, that is all there is to it. I have been using this curriculum o and off for a couple of years. My little one is a great speller and my oldest daughter is a not so great speller. She could care less and there is nothing that is going to change that. She does not care how a word is spelled or why it is spelled a certain way or the way she thinks it should be spelled. Here's where grammar comes into play. (I didn't use Shurley Grammar with her UNTIL 3rd grade, so I totally failed her in that aspect! BUT - I also didn't get her at home to school until half way through first grade - AND, by then, she had already developed the horrible habit of not caring. Her kindergarten teacher was the worst at teaching spelling and grammar. Just horrid!) SO, I will be working with my eldest once again on getting these key spelling facts down!

Handwriting/Penmanship: Classically Cursive
Does it work? Yes
Will I continue to use it?  Yes

My daughters are both left handed and they do not have the neatest handwriting. My older daughter is really fine tuning her writing and it becoming so much neater these days. But adding in cursive is throwing her into a loop. My youngest child had poor writing skills. She has loads of open ended letters in her printing and I am really hoping Classically Cursive will help this sloppy habit of hers.

Literature/Composition: Classical Composition I: Fable, Classical Composition II: Narrative, Classical Composition III: Cheria/Maxim
Does it work? YES
Will I continue to use it?  Yes

Grade 4:  Twice Freed, The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow, Cathedral, Castle, Augustine, The Farmer's boy, Beorn the Proud, Door in the Wall, Ink on His Fingers, The Kite Fighters, Son of Charlemagne

READ ALOUD: Beowulf: A Hero's Tale Retold, The Story of Joan of Arc, Favorite Medieval Tales, The Hobbit, Shakespeare's Macbeth

Grade 6: Twice Freed, The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow, Cathedral, Morning Star of the Reformation, Augustine, The Farmer's Boy, Beorn the Proud, Door in the Wall, Ink on His Fingers, The Kite Fighters, Son of Charlemagne

READ ALOUD: Beowulf: A Hero's Tale Retold, The Story of Joan of Arc, Favorite Medieval Tales, The Hobbit, Shakespeare's Macbeth

Omnibus: Mystery of History, Volume 2 Early Christian Church and Middle Ages
Does it work? YES
Will I continue to use it?  Yes

I love and adore MOH - my kids LOVE history because of MOH! We are so excited to use this again this year. This is GOOD stuff!! I highly recommend it! I have already used this curriculum with my son when he was in 4th grade, so it is very familiar to me and I will have a great year teaching it again.

English/Vocabulary/Language: I feel this is covered well with Shurley Grammar and Lit/Comp work
Does it work? yes
Will I continue to use it?  yes

Science:  Exploring Creation with Astronomy AND Exploring Creation with Botony
Does it work?  YES
Will I continue to use it? Yes, We love Apologia!

We are a Science family! I love Science now - when I was a kid - I WISH I had been taught with Apologia textbooks! I would have loved science instead of abhorring it. My children adore Science and I'm happy to fill their brains up with whatever they want.  We all adore Science and I will continue to be Science heavy in this house. This will be another exciting year with Apologia as we get through two textbooks. Astronomy will be another repeat year for me as I used this when my son was in 4th grade, daughter in 2nd grade and little one in Kinder. We are super familiar with the text and will be using it a refresh our memories basically. Then head right in and dive deep with Botony!

Biblical Studies/Religion/Memory: God's Great Covenant, OT 2: A Bible Course for Children
Does It Work? GGC - YES!
Will I continue to use?  YES!

Both girls will be using GGC again this year. This is another repeat for me as I used this for my son when he was in 4th grade. My daughters love this curriculum, I do as well and it really works in explaining the Bible to children.

Foreign Language: Logos Latin I (Grade 4), Via Latina III (Grade 6)
Does It Work? YES!
Will I continue to use?  YES!

Doing Hard Things this year with Latin! I struggle with this language! I try really hard, but language is just NOT my thing. Latin is always a struggle and I know we will have many hours of studying this year! But, we shall persevere! We like the Logos Latin books MUCH better than the Via Latina - that is for sure.

Art & Music:  Violin, Private Lessons and Chamber Orchestra for my 4th grader & 6th grader. Art classes at academy, Study of Art Through the Masters - Drawing
Does it work? Yes
Will I continue to use? Yes 

Field Trips/Extra Activities:

We have many field trips since we live in a great city with numerous museums that we are members. Field Trip day will always and forever be a favorite. Field trips will be easier this year as I do not have to pick up my son from school everyday.

About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a Chicago mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.