I keep records of the curriculum books/resources we use for each year that we homeschool and add the records to an ever-growing Homeschool Series post. Although my style has been eclectic, my purpose is very solid – to train up my children in the Lord. You’ll find a lot of things on my list of curriculum that can be used by homeschoolers in various different methods of teaching. My advice to you is not to go off of someone else’s ‘list of favorites’, but to get out and GO to the book fairs and SEE for YOURSELF. TRY IT and see if it works AT HOME – with YOUR family.
We have always homeschooled on a tight budget and have used the library and field trips with our unit studies as a main source of curriculum. I’m not big on a heavy amount of packaged curriculum, but as you can see – we do use some A Beka and have had success with it. Even with the packaged stuff, there is often a lot of good if you pick and choose what works for you and don’t load yourself down with “busy work” or “twaddle” that will kill the love-of-learning your children need to succeed.
Most homeschool kids have a lot of opportunity to do extra curricular things outside of regular academics. My list of those type things was slim for this particular school year – partly because of the state we lived in (not as many resources available in Arkansas). Some of the reason was due to finances, also. When you don’t have enough money to afford piano lessons, you wait until you can afford them and pick them up again. Thankfully we were able to find Rosetta Stone online through a library for free and enjoyed learning some Italian.
Below is a short list of things we used for the 2006-7 School Year. If you have children who are younger than 3rd or 4th Grade, check out my previous years that are listed on the Homeschool Series Post.
If you have any questions; please by all means, leave them in the comments section. I will get to them as I can (if you log in and leave an email address when you comment, I can email you back as well).
MAIN CURRICULUM for 3rd & 4th Grade
KONOS Unit Studies – History, Science, Life skills, Etc. (Christian perspective)
Library Books / Our Home Library (on and off topic per unit study)
Field Trips (I review most of my field trips here on my blog!)
DEVOTIONALS/ADDITIONAL BIBLE MATERIALS
Our 24 Family Ways – Clay & Sally Clarkson (devotional)
Prayer journals (daily)
Bible (daily readings)
Songs of Faith and Praise (Hymn Book)
Biblegateway (internet site – for copy work scriptures)
Church Bible Classes, Small Group and Worship Services (weekly)
Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren (devotional)
Home Making – JR Miller (devotional)
Jesus Freaks Vol. 2 – DC Talk (devotional)
PHONICS/LANGUAGE/HANDWRITING/SPELLINGExplode the Code (phonics workbooks – higher levels)
Generic Grade-Level Workbooks (for Reading, Grammar, Comprehension, etc.)
Journal (blank spiral notebook – just add creativity!)
A Beka Penmanship workbooks (Grades 3 & 4)
Draw∙Write∙Now! (Drawing lessons and handwriting workbook – rolled in to one)
Spelling and Copywork (correcting misspelled words and writing assigned by mom)
Correspondence (pen pals, birthday cards, thank-you notes – weekly)
Scott Foresman Online Free Grammar/Writing PDF Worksheets
MATHA Beka Math (Grade 3 & 4)
Math videos (from the library)
Generic Grade-Level Curriculum Workbooks (for extra help with areas of weakness)
Multiplication Table Charts (internet free print-outs)
EXTRA HISTORY/SCIENCE/GEOGRAPHY MATERIALS (not required by KONOS)Visualize World Geography by Theresa A. Blain
A Beka Science Reader “Exploring God’s World”
A Beka History “Our American Heritage”
Families Around the World, One Kid at a Time
Geography of the World (DK Atlas)
Usborne World History
Online BBC Science QuizzesCOMPUTER/ART/FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Mavis Beacon Typing (computer program)
Rosetta Stone Italian (travel version online)
Up next in the series will be:
Post #4 – 3rd and 4th Grade Learning Enrichment Ideas
Post #5 – Favorite KONOS Memories from Third and Fourth Grades
Post #6 – Photos and memories from the unit we pick as our favorite for 2006-7
Check back in here every day for more on this series and encouragement for homeschooling in general.
Have a super Thursday!
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