Category Archives: Homeschooling

Posts about how I homeschool. Includes posts about the Charlotte Mason method, single parent homeschooling, homeschooling boys, homeschool planning, homeschooling a special needs child and general homeschool encouragement.

Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2014-2015

We have already started our new school year and I am very excited! I decided not to used a boxed curriculum this year and instead decided to put together my own multi age homeschool curriculum options for each of my boys.  I was a little nervous at first but once I started planning I found that it wasn’t as scary as I thought.  Putting together my own curriculum also is allowing me to embrace the Charlotte Mason method more with my boys and for us to learn most of our subjects together as a family.

Homeschool Choices for 1st and 3rd Grade (mostly Charlotte Mason style) | LaToyaEdwards.net

Multi-Age Homeschool Curriculum Choices:

Having two boys to teach last year really made me stop and think about the materials that we were using and how we were spending our school time.  I really felt like I needed to find a way for me to teach both my boys from the same materials and at the same time.  This year we are using mostly multi age homeschool curriculum and it’s saving time and money!

Here’s a quick list of all the subjects that we are doing together:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Worldview/Bible
  • Science
  • Nature
  • Fine Arts: artist/composer studies, literature, poetry

I did not need to buy a curriculum for each of those subjects. Many of them we will just be using great books and free materials. I will have posts explaining how I’m teaching those topics soon. For now I just want to share with you my choices for history, worldview and science.

Multi-Age homeschool curriculum is a great way to save time and money. Come see what this single homeschooling mom is using with her children!

Worldview: Who is God and Can I Really Know Him? from Apologia

A sweet friend of mine introduced me to Apologia’s worldview series and even gave us the first two books. I held off on getting started so that we could work through Leading Little Ones to God last year because I didn’t feel like my little one was ready for the Apologia stuff. This year I’m excited to dig into Who is God? I’ll read aloud from the textbook and then the boys will work together on the Junior Notebooking Journal.

History: The Mystery of History Volume 1

We are starting at the beginning for our study of history this year. I’ve had my eye on The Mystery of History for a few years and can’t wait to start learning about all the different ancient civilizations! I love that this curriculum promotes young earth creationism that fits in perfectly with our worldview. The book comes with lots of fun activities and reading lists. My boys will also work on a timeline together and notebooking pages. We will also use Wondermaps to incorporate some geography lessons as we study ancient history.

Science: Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space by Bright Ideas Press

I haven’t really done much science with my boys because it’s just isn’t something that I’m interested in. But my boys are all about learning how things work so I’m jumping in with Christian Kids Explore Earth and Science. I love that there are lots of hands on activities in this curriculum. We’ll also use God’s Design for Heaven and Earth from Answers in Genesis to supplement our learning as well as living books from the library.

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

3rd Grade homeschool curriculum ideas. Come see my favorites!

Math {Christian Light Education}

After struggling with math for a few years I finally found something that works well for Bubba! We are sticking with Christian Light Education for our main math curriculum and will be throwing in some Life of Fred for fun and review.  Bubba will finish up Math 1 and 2 this year.

Language Arts {Spelling, Reading, Copywork, Grammar}

Bubba did so well with All About Spelling last year and will continue onto Level 2 this year. AAS includes grammar lessons as well I don’t buy anything extra for that. He is learning grammar rules and practicing dictation during his spelling lessons.  This year for copywork/handwriting he will work on notebooking pages for different subjects, and copy scriptures and continue to write to his pen pal.  He has completed his formal phonics lessons so he will read daily from his Pathway Readers, nature readers, books for other subjects or chapter books that we’ve chosen for this year.

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

First grade homeschool curriculum ideas. Keeping things simple with reading, handwriting and math!

Math {Christian Light Education}

Little man will be starting off in Math 1 this year!

Copywork/Handwriting

I decided to continue with Handwriting Without Tears. This year Chubba will work through My Printing Book and will do some limited writing on his notebooking pages for different subjects.  I’ve already written about how I teach handwriting and listed lots of great resources.

Reading {All About Reading}

I’m trying something new this year for reading. After falling in love with All About Spelling I decided to give All About Reading a try.  I decided to start with Level 1 but I have a feeling we will be moving on to Level 2 fairly quickly.

What are you using in your homeschool this year? Are you trying anything new this year?

I’m linking up with iHomeschool Network for the annual Not Back to School Blog Hop! Come join the fun and see what other homeschool families are using this year! 
Not Back to School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week

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Digging into the Word Through Art


See the Light is wonderful company that has great products for doing/teaching art with your children. When I first learned about this Christian art curriculum I had my eye on the bible DVDs. I’m always looking for ways to bring the bible to life for my boys and anytime that we can use our chalk pastels we are all over that! My boys love the story of Jonah. It was one of the first stories that
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Online Homeschool Programs for Elementary Students


This year I have been hearing a lot about online homeschool programs.  I kept thinking that those wouldn’t be a good fit for us because my boys are so young and I just didn’t have the time to add one more thing to our day.  A few months ago I was introduced to Bridgeway Homeschool Academy.  Bridgeway has a lot of really fun classes for homeschool students of all ages.  When I had the chance
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