Our Curriculum

This is our first year of homeschooling. We have 4 children ages 11, 8, 7 and 5. We are currently only homeschooling our 5 (soon to be 6) year old 1st grader. Choosing curriculum was quite intimidating with all the choices out there and different styles of homeschooling. Luckily, there are so many helpful sites and blogs out there to gain information on curriculum and choices, each of them with their own pros and cons. So here goes our choices for this year!

Language Arts:

  • Phonics
    • Explode the Code Book 1& Explode the Code Online
      • Jade loves doing the worksheets everyday and we also use the online program that allows the student to work through all the
        books as the progress through the program automatically.
  • Spelling
    • All About Spelling 1
      • We have been using Abeka 1 Spelling but will be switching All About Spelling. I am very excited about using this and am hoping
        to phase this in within the next few weeks.
  • Reading
    • AbekaReaders 1
      • I love Abeka’s Handbook for Reading and Jade really enjoys all the readers. She has done amazing and has really improved her
        reading skills.
  • Handwriting
  • Writing/Composition
    • WriteShop Primary A
      • I LOVE this program. It has short, fun daily activities based on themes such as pets, family, etc. Jade loves and looks forward to this everyday. We currently do it approx. 3 days a week. It is easy to schedule this as 2x/week to complete one level a year or 5 days/week and complete 2-3 levels in a year. Confessions of a Homeschool writes an excellent review of WriteShop here.
  •             First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind Level 1


  • Math-U-SeeAlpha
    • Excellent hands-on approach to math. Love using the manipulative and the DVD lessons are great and explaining the information and applying the learning.


  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy &Junior Notebook


  • BJU Heritage Studies 1


  • The Worlds Greatest Artists by Confessions of a Homeschooler. Check it out here.


  • Road Trip USA by Confessions of a Homeschooler. Check it out here.

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