I’m a fledgling homeschool mama.  I really have no clue what I’m doing.

And I’m very, very thankful for a mother and lots of smart friends who are more experienced in this homeschool journey than I am!

After months of reading, researching, discussing, praying, and changing my mind, here is the line up of curricula we are using this year for our two school-age children, ages seven and five years old:

Our Homeschool Curricula for 2011/2012: Preschool & Elementary | Kristy's Cottage blog The basic “core” of our schooling this year is Christ Centered Curriculum.  CCC covers phonics, spelling, reading and mathematics.  I am new to CCC but I’m loving it! A friend shared CCC with me… figuratively and literally (thank you, Tammy!).

After reviewing quite a few curricula over the summer, three things sold me on CCC:

Scripture is the core of the curriculum, it’s not just added in here and there.  The lessons are laced with verses, stories, and principles from the Word of God.

Character virtues are a huge part of the lessons!  I love that fact that my children are learning to be Christ-like right along with learning to add and subtract and read.

I can easily teach my children together with Christ Centered Curriculum.  Both our girls have their own level-appropriate work book lessons to complete each day, but I can teach much of the curriculum simultaneously while they work or listen.  Even our three-year old son enjoys listening to the stories and lessons while he colors or plays nearby.  For a homeschooling mama with young children at multiple levels, the simplicity of CCC is such a blessing!

We are majoring on phonics, reading and mathematics this year, and adding in a few “fun” subjects on the side.  We chose history, art, and sewing as our “extra” subjects.

As much as I love text books and a classical education, we opted for something a little more laid back for our girls’ history.  I chose the four-book Ten Girls series of books, purchased from Timberdoodle.

For our history lesson, we read a selection from one of these books twice weekly:

Ten Girls Who Didn’t Give In tells the stories of martyred reformation women or missionaries.

Ten Girls Who Changed the World includes the childhoods of Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, and Gladys Aylward.

Ten Girls Who Made a Difference highlights the early days of some of the wives and mothers of great men, like Katherine Luther and Susanna Wesley.

Ten Girls Who Made History recounts the lives of such notables as Elisabeth Elliot and Betty Green.

Since both our girls love to be creative, we chose art and sewing as a regular part of our home education.  We enjoy art on Tuesdays, and sewing on Fridays.

Little Anni’es ART Book of Etiquette & Good Manners was my choice for art.  (This book is published by How Great Thou ART company, but I purchased it from Timberdoodle.)

My girls immediately fell in love with the whimsical character, “Annie”, featured in each lesson of this book!  As a mother, I appreciate the fact that my little girls are learning important manners and social graces along with their creative expressions!  Scripture verses are woven throughout the lessons of this book- another favorite aspect. 🙂

Weekly sewing lessons are a new homeschool venture for me!  I’m not a skilled seamstress.  However, our oldest daughter has shown such a keen interest in learning to sew that I felt it was worth the time and effort to cultivate this skill in both our daughters.

I chose Bunk House Sewing’s Sewing & Quilting Activity Book as a fun starting point.  I was given a box of simple sewing projects and plan to use those on a weekly basis to teach my girls the basics of how to use a sewing machine.

That sums up the basis of our homeschooling curricula this year! In addition to her school work, our oldest daughter is taking piano lessons and is doing quite well.  I’m blessed that my sister, Julie, is here to teach piano, since I don’t feel I have the “extra” time to do it right now.

What are your children learning this year? 

What curricula are you using?


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9 thoughts on “Our Homeschool Curricula for 2011/2012

  1. My dd is a 7th grader but I can’t recommend highly enough Christian Light Pub. for math. It is much like Saxon used to be but is much gentler and is a workbook format rather than a textbook. I love their real life applications!
    We are using Diana Waring’s History Revealed, year 2. The history has a great variety of activities and can be used for a variety of ages at one time. They start with creation in year 1 and ALL the units explore historical happenings from the perspective of scripture.
    For our LA, we use some items from Critical Thinking and then do our writing/vocabulary/creative writing with activities in the history.
    Science this year is Apologia’s General Science. Ask me again  in a few more weeks–but so far so good for my science queen.
    Finally, we are doing a gentle, very slow introduction to NT Greek–adapting CLP’s Greek.
    Hope everyone has a great year! This is our second year (previously dd did mostly Abeka in private school–this is SOOOOOOOO much better!!)
    J in VA

    Posted on September 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    1. Thank you for sharing your curriculum choices!  I’m very interested in the Critical Thinking Company… we almost used their math and language arts this year before we decided to go with CCC.

      We’ve used Abeka up to this point, as well.  I must agree- as much as I love Abeka, the change has been good.

      Posted on September 18, 2011 at 1:27 am
      1. Abeka, IMHO

        pros: reading and phonics we liked;reasonable price; many options for how to use–only books, academy, or books iwth DVDs

        cons: penmanship can be overly perfectionistic (depends on the teacher/parent); history is overly pariotic American and dd felt very redundant from year to year; math lessons are too long–I like the spiral approach but a couple of each type per day is plenty–I have a hard time every day “skipping” half the problems–I paid for them but found them too generous in number

        Posted on September 23, 2011 at 3:03 am
  2. Always a joy to meet another homeschooling family!

    Delighted to meet you tonight.  I hope you don’t mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you.  This looks like a refreshing place to dip into all of God’s goodness.Splashin’.Sarah

    Posted on September 15, 2011 at 3:34 am
  3. I’ve never heard of the curriculum, but I would like to read more about it! 🙂 Keep giving us updates on how you like it. The History books look very interesting and like something I would love to use and read myself. All in all, sewing and art included, it looks like a great year! The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful year so far in our homeschooling. I was nervous about having two FULL time students but things are going great. Now bring the baby into the mix…. 🙂

    Posted on September 14, 2011 at 1:48 am
    1. I’ll keep you upated!!  So far, I’m really loving CCC.  I’m starting to get over the learning curve and am finding it so easy to teach.

      Posted on September 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm
  4. This sounds like a wonderful exciting year! 

    Posted on September 13, 2011 at 1:56 am
  5. I LOVE Christ Centered Curriculum! My sister and I used it about 12 years ago to teach two of our neighbor’s children (she homeschooled her children but needed help with the little ones at that time). It was wonderful!

    Posted on September 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm