Our Current Homeschool Curriculum Choices (For 6 Kids)

Each year I am asked what we’re using for homeschool curriculum and I’m always happy to oblige because, let’s face it, talking about curriculum is fun! We have tried several things over the years and I’ve logged many MANY hours of research. It’s a great opportunity to share some of that information with others who are looking for a good fit for their kids.

This time, I decided to create one post that I will update every year with our curriculum choices. As I land on particularly big “wins” for different grades, I’ll write separate posts about that. But THIS post will be a running list of what we’re using right now, and I’ll come back to it to share how things went! 

Check out what we're using for homeschool curriculum in 2019-20! I'll be homeschooling a Kindergartener, 1st grader, 2nd grader, 4th grader, and 6th grader. If you're a large family homeschooling mom doing multi-level homeschooling, or you just want some great ideas for pre-K through 6th, you'll love this list!

The Context: How Our Homeschool Works

One thing to keep in mind: Every child, every family, and every homeschool is different. Actually, every year is different, too! The best thing you can do when choosing curriculum for your homeschool is to pray over those choices and remember that there is no magical, perfect curriculum out there that everyone should be using. 

Go ahead an choose what fits your needs best for now, knowing that it may (and probably will) change over time! That’s totally fine. Flexibility is one of the many blessings of homeschooling! 

What Our Homeschool Looks Like

Before I launch into our choices, it’s helpful to know a little bit about our homeschool. 

We have 6 kids 11 and under and I’m currently homeschooling 5 of them.  I tend to choose curriculum that is flexible with a preference for multi-level teaching style or independent learning when possible. 

I also strongly prefer Christian worldview curriculum (and we go heavy on Bible/theology, so that takes up more time in our days), although not everything we use talks about God. We do year-round homeschooling and generally a 4-day academic week. We take breaks and vacations at odd times and as we see fit. 

For 4 days we do a regular academic day and on the 5th day we do some art and have a “Home Blessing” which includes housework catch up, extra chores for money, life skills development, some electives, and character training. 

Here’s our basic schedule: 

  • We have “morning time” during breakfast, which includes Prayers, hymn, Bible/theology, and memory work. 
  • After chores, we have about a half hour to an hour together at the table for more group work.
  • Then the kids do independent work and 1:1 work with me. Their independent work usually includes daily things like reading and math, and then 1 item each day from their loop schedule, which lists all the extras and electives that we rotate through. How long that takes them depends on the kid.
  • During lunch I read from our history selections, children’s literature, or missionary biographies.  
  • During dinner, we just chat or pop in an audiobook or some music. Occasionally a child will read aloud to the family. Dad is not home most days for dinner but on days he IS home, it’s just a time to talk and enjoy each other. 

So basically, we do morning Bible and memory work, lots of read alouds, some group work, and then independent and 1:1 work. 

That’s how things run in our homeschool and should give you a context for the resources we choose!

Read More About Our Homeschool:

Our 2019-20 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

You can watch the video of all our curriculum choices for the year here on my YouTube channel. I’ve listed and linked them all below, but if you want to see them and hear some extra bits from me about each choice, the video is a good resource. Feel free to ask me questions here or on the YouTube video and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! 

*** NOTE: If you choose to purchase any Master Books resources, don’t forget I have a coupon code for you! Code TAUNASFRIEND at checkout will get you 5% off your order. Every penny counts! (One time use.) 

GROUP WORK (SOME DAILY, SOME ROTATED)

These are the resources we use during those group times and read-aloud times. For many of these, one or more of my kids will then do their own notebooking or other activities based on our reading. We don’t do this all every day. See the above video or links for more information about how we incorporate it all in our homeschool easily. 

  • James Scripture Challenge – We are studying the book of James in-depth and memorizing it together. This is a once a week lesson and then daily memory work practice.
  • Sound Words for Kids: Lessons in Theology – My theology curriculum for ages pre-k and elementary. Once a week with some weekly memory review.
  • Bible Road Trip – Our staple Bible curriculum that we’ve used for years. My older kids also do the notebooking journals. 
  • Around the World with Picture Books – This is a wonderful resource from Beautiful Feet Books that uses literature, activities, and additional resources like recommended videos to learn about geography and culture.
  • Character Concepts (love it all) – Great resource for learning about godly character through engaging stories.
  • My two repeat character studies: Heart of Obedience and Anger vs. Self-Control 
  • America’s Story – We read through this together and the kids do activities or pages afterward. We also incorporate some living books into this. We’re finishing this up right now and then plan to move on to…
  • Tapestry of Grace Year 1 – This starts with ancient world history. We realized that we wanted to keep our history studies all together as a family and have it be our homeschool spine for other studies. TOG is a great, Christ-centered curriculum perfect for multi-level teaching. We plan to incorporate their geography and possibly other TOG subjects in the future, but we’ll start with just history. 
  • Master Books We’re finishing up God’s Design for Life from Master Books for science (both the beginner and regular levels). Here’s a video review I did of God’s Design for Life. We enjoyed this very much but since Master Books has not yet created a Beginner level for the rest of their God’s Design series we are doing something different when this is finished. We look forward to picking up the next in the series once they’ve added the Beginner level. 🙂 
  • Geology (Rocks, Volcanoes, and Dinosaurs) for Little Eyes – Once God’s Design for Life is finished we’ll be starting this creation based geology curriculum from Northwest Treasures. We plan to start with Volcanoes and are happy to try out all the geology samples that came in the kit! 
  • SkillTrek – An online life skills program for multiple ages. Great for teaching them all those life skills I probably should have. LOL!
  • Music in Our Homeschool – We use this for music study as well as hymn study. There are several courses, including their Charlotte Mason year long course, that we plan to use. Love this resource!
  • Masterpiece Society Art – This is a fantastic membership for busy moms with kids at multiple levels. It includes seasonal art projects, handicrafts, art instruction courses, and more
  • YWAM Missionary Biographies – We are going to read 4 this year and use this free notebooking page

A Few Fun Resources We Added at the Last Minute

Free 8-Week Summer Astronomy Course – I saw that Intoxicated on Life is offering this for 2019 and signed us up! I’ve been eyeing their online course for my oldest in high school.

Northwest Treasures Resources –  My 11 year and I watched a live 2-hour webinar about  dinosaurs in the Bible by Northwest Treasures through Schoolhouse Teachers. He must have said “hey, did you know…?” about a hundred times and was SO excited. We’re gonna need some Northwest Treasures in our homeschool this year. 🙌 (The webinar was hosted by Schoolhouse Teachers and if you’re a member (we are) you’ll be able to see the replay as soon as it’s uploaded.) 

 

6TH GRADE CURRICULUM CHOICES

  • Notebooking resources that go with Bible Road Trip, Sound Words, What We Believe, America’s Story, and God’s Design series
  • Teaching Textbooks level 6 – An online program that my older kids enjoyed last year. 
  • Writing Strands Intermediate 1 – This alternates weeks of writing (with gentle/natural grammar and other LA elements introduced throughout) with a reading assignment.  
  • Word Up latin and greek roots – This is a video series that is in a game show format, from Compass Classroom
  • Phonetic Zoo – This will be new to us this year and we’re picking it up at the conference next month! It’s an audio based, mostly independent spelling program for older kids.
  • SchoolhouseTeachers  – (for Literature study with Adam Andrews, Dinosaurs of the Bible with Northwest Treasures, and several other supplements and electives) 
  • Literature Packs from The Independent Scholar – This is something we’re going to pick up at conference as well. They’re Christian literature studies that are designed to be done as independent work.
  • Typing lessons 
  • New American Cursive – He’s continuing this from last year for a weekly refresher.
  • Note Taking Skills – This is a workbook that teaches kids how to take effective notes from various writings.
  • Devotions with Mom – we use For Instruction of Righteousness for addressing behavior issues and Polished Cornerstones for girls and Plants Grown Up for boys. All from Doorposts.
  • Innovator’s Tribe – Great engineering courses we did last year and my son chose as his main elective.  
  • Coding – The other elective he chose. 🙂
  • Inquiry – Just our term for it. He will check non-fiction books out from the library on a topic of his choice and do an oral presentation.
  • Reading Challenge – Quiet reading with narration to mom afterward. We alternate literature selections between them choosing the book and me choosing it. 

4TH GRADE CURRICULUM CHOICES

  • Notebooking resources that go with Bible Road Trip, Sound Words, America’s Story, and God’s Design series)
  • Teaching Textbooks level 4 – An online program that my older kids enjoyed last year.
  • Language Lessons for a Living Education – She enjoyed levels 2 and 3 this last year and asked to continue. It’s a good mix between regular workbook style and Charlotte Mason. 
  • Grammar Galaxy – The kids periodically ask to do this again. It’s a fun curriculum we used as a group lesson but my daughter may choose to do it for LA instead. I’m leaving it up to her. 
  • A Reason for Handwriting – Advancing to the next book. 
  • SchoolhouseTeachers  – (for Dinosaurs of the Bible with Northwest Treasures, home ec. things she wants to learn, and several other supplements and electives) 
  • Typing lessons 
  • Devotions with Mom – we use For Instruction of Righteousness for addressing behavior issues and Polished Cornerstones for girls and Plants Grown Up for boys. All from Doorposts.
  • Innovator’s Tribe – My daughter also started doing these and wants to continue. 
  • Inquiry – Just our term for it. She will check non-fiction books out from the library on a topic of her choice and do an oral presentation.
  • Reading Challenge – Quiet reading with narration to mom afterward. We alternate literature selections between them choosing the book and me choosing it.  

SECOND GRADE CURRICULUM CHOICES

  • Notebooking – Start notebooking with Bible Road Trip
  • A Reason for Handwriting – Advancing to the next book. 
  • Christian Light Education Math 2 – My preferred math curriculum for younger ages and olders, too, if we weren’t using TT.
  • My Story 2 – Light social studies course I read aloud during group time and she does the activity pages.
  • Inquiry – Just our term for it. She will check non-fiction books out from the library on a topic of her choice and do an oral presentation.

FIRST GRADE CURRICULUM CHOICES

KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM CHOICES

That’s it! LOL! I hope you find some fun ideas here to explore. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to share!

~ Tauna 

Wondering What Other Curriculum We’ve Used in the Past and Enjoyed?  

(I still need to come back and build this list.)

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Hi, great list, thanks for putting it together. I see innovators tribe online says grades 6-12, how is your 4th doing with it? Wondering if my 4th could start now or would it be better to wait until older? Thanks!

    1. She’s doing fine! She just goes slower and needs more of my help for the more challenging things. She’s doing the Thinking Like an Engineer one – hasn’t tried the others yet.

      1. Thank you! Sounds great for my boys…. one of whom wants to be engineer.

  2. I was wondering if it’s pretty easy to incorporate living books along with America story. I really like living books but I too want a spine from a biblical worldview. Are your living books more picture books or chapter books? Do you come up with your own list or use bfbooks?

    1. I don’t consider it too hard. And coming from me that’s saying something because I like things easy. Lol! There are different ways to do this.

      – I started out with Beautiful Feet Books and loved the living books selection. There is a guide but I felt I needed more of a spine.
      – We used Master Books as our spine this last year and I just pulled in BFB living books. The work there is matching up each living book to the timeline you are studying so you know when to put the spine book down for a bit and pick up a living book to read. It wasn’t too bad though.
      – We ended up deciding to finish up America’s Story this year, actually, and will be using Tapestry of Grace for history. It gives you a few spine books to choose from and then living books to choose from as well as activities you can do if you want. There’s actually a lot to TOG but that’s the gist of how the history works. Biblioplan is a similar program.
      – Notgrass is another history curriculum that provides spine text and tells you where to incorporate their recommendations for living books.

      BUT if you already have a history curriculum in hand, what I’d do is sit down with a notebook and find a living book for each chapter or two. Find a historical figure, event, or whatever you think your child might be interested in. Search online for a living book that matches that topic. You can often use the book lists from BFB or other living books curricula to narrow your search. Once you find something, jot a note in your history text book where you will see it and remember to reserve that book at your library.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

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