Yes, I know that it is only February, but as a homeschool mom, I am always trying to think ahead, and work to make our courses as interesting and effective as possible...so yes, I'm already thinking ahead to next year!
We have actually had a really great year with our curriculum, and so believe it or not, unless something sweeps in and changes my mind (which I'm always open to), next year we will stick with these 8 resources that have been working well for us.
1) ALEKS online math curriculum- This year Christian did Pre-Algebra, and we have been very pleased with the program. Next year, we plan to stick with Aleks for Algebra. They offer a free trial, which is what we used this summer before making the decision to switch from Teaching Textbooks.
2) Sonlight History- I really like how Sonlight merges resource books with historical fiction books to create a richer, more in depth picture of history. This year we are doing our 2nd year of World History, and next year we will do US History.
3) Wordly Wise Vocabulary- This was our first year to use Wordly Wise. It is a great, easy to use, yet challenging vocabulary curriculum.
6) Apologia Science- Christian is doing Physical Science this year, and will be moving to Biology for 8th grade. We will probably supplement the course with Red Wagon Tutorials.
7) IEW Writing- The Institute for Excellence In Writing is a thorough program. It took me a while to get it all figured out, but once you get rolling, it leads the student step by step through continually advancing writing techniques.
8) Lizardpoint Geography- I just came across this recently, but both Christian and I really think it is great. It is a free online geography "game" that allows the student to master each part of the world, one area at a time. Right now, Christian is mastering Africa. Before I found Lizardpoint, we were using our interactive globe to look up the areas that we were studying in history.
Caylie attends the homeschool high school co-op in our city, and will continue to do so (as well as taking classes at the community college), next year, when she is a...
Aagh! Did I just type that?!?!
Please excuse me while I take a quick break...sniff, sniff...
The only classes that she is doing at home this year, are history, grammar, and vocabulary. She is using the same resources as I listed above, only at the high school level, and next year will be the same.
Also, both kids do Christian World View here at home, which I have just put together using monthly memory verses, and daily readings. The last book that we covered was Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life", which I love, and now Christian is reading "Live Like A Jesus Freak", by DC Talk, while Caylie is reading her Bible.
What homeschool resources do you love?
Writing the Waves,