I just can’t believe that this will be our tenth year homeschooling. So much fun — so many great things we have learned. This year will be a big one for us as we have our very first high school student, one seventh grader, and a fourth grader.

Homeschool Curriculum | Our Picks for 2019-2020

Everyone can now read — and that makes me all kinds of happy!

Here is a peek at all of the homeschool curriculum we will be using this year.

Ninth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

MathUSee Zeta – Yes, Olivia is “behind” in math according to the world’s standards, but for us she is learning what she needs at her own pace. She is halfway through this book and should start pre-algebra later this year. She does math each week with her tutor and then I help her at home as needed.

WriteShop I – We started WriteShop Level 1 last year. There are so many good writing programs on the market and we had never tried WriteShop before. It is a good mix of the structure I love and the fun Olivia craves. I teach this class at our homeschool co-op.

Phonetic Zoo – Olivia is still working her way through Phonetic Zoo. Her spelling is getting much stronger — I have been so pleasantly surprised at how well this works for her.

Elemental Science Biology Logic Stage – Another class Olivia will be taking at co-op. She will get all her experiments and discussion there. We will do the reading and written work at home. She will do a little extra reading, viewing, and writing so she can get a regular high school credit in biology.

Homeschool Curriculum | Our Picks for 2019-2020

Trail Guide to World Geography – This is Olivia’s final co-op class. She is excited about this study of world cultures and maps.

Mapping the World with Art – I could resist this fun companion to the materials above. Olivia will do this one at home to round out her high school credit in geography.

Early Modern Literature – This will be Olivia’s second year-long class with Angelina Stanford. She knows it will be a massive challenge, but was willing to put in the work to do another class with Miss Angelina.

PE and electives – Olvia takes seven dance classes a week. karate, plus piano and organ lessons. She is in the steel drum band at church as well as the Life Teen choir. We will have no problem getting credits in PE and fine or performing arts. She will also be taking a photography class as well as a study skills class through Outschool. (Edit: We have decided on Study Skills for Middle and Early High School as our study skills class.)

Seventh Grade Homeschool Curriculum

MathUSee Zeta – John works with the math tutor each week not because he is “behind” but because he needs someone mathy to talk to. He should finish this book early this year and move into pre-algebra.

WriteShop I – John will also be in the co-op class. Writing is NOT his favorite subject so I have to set aside time to work with him.

Homeschool Curriculum | Our Picks for 2019-2020

All About Spelling Level 3 – John should finish this up early in the year and be ready to move to Phonetic Zoo. I move my kids to PZ because it is less teacher intensive than AAS.

Elemental Science Biology Logic Stage – Also at co-op. He will not do as much as Olivia but gradually more as the year goes on.

Trail Guide to World Geography – Also at co-op. He will not do as much as Olivia but gradually more as the year goes on.

Good Books – This will be John’s first year-long class with Angelina Stanford. The book selections look like some he will enjoy (which is great because I thought the same thing for Olivia last year when the books were very different.)

Homeschool Curriculum | Our Picks for 2019-2020

PE and electives – Once the weather cools down, John will be required to do a daily walk or bike ride with either me or dad. He is the least active of our kids so we want to instill some good habits. He will also be working once or twice a week on 42 Electronics Level A with Dad. I imagine he will take some classes at Outschool as well.

Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

MathUSee Gamma – Thomas is about halfway through this book and should finish it this year. We are about to hit the dreaded double digit multiplication so that may slow him down a while. His ability is good — his motivation not so much.

Homeschool Curriculum | Our Picks for 2019-2020

WriteShop Junior Level D – Thomas will be in this class at co-op. This is his first experience with composition.

All About Reading Level 4 – He should fly through this program with ease and mark it off his list well before semester’s end.

All About Spelling Level 2 – He has a few lessons left in this one and can possibly finish AAS Level 3 this year. It is the dictation that holds him up.

Elemental Science Biology Logic Stage – Thomas will do a modified version of this with his co-op class. He will listen to the readings each week, narrate orally, and write the definitions.

Trail Guide to World Geography – Also at co-op. This is mostly a fun class for the grammar stage.

PE and electives – Thomas does Ninja Gymnastics and takes steel drum lessons. He will take some classes at Outschool as well.

In addition to this, we will also be doing our Morning Basket with a number of other subjects. I will be back next week with a video outlining all of our Morning Time plans.

Got questions? I would be happy to answer them below.

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Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.
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