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:
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.
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?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.