My son is now 10 + has always been home schooled. My daughter, however, went to public school for kindergarten + first grade. When she completed her first grade year this past June, we began home schooling her over the summer as a trial run. We wanted to make sure she would adjust well + actually enjoy being taught at home. I wanted it to be an option for her; she adjusted well and home schooling in a one-on-one setting is working great.
Having both of the kidlets home now is a blessing. Over the summer, Elijah read over 60 books! Nevaeh read almost 30; which is FANTASTIC considering that the public school she had just been pulled from considered her “developmentally delayed”. This year, we have been able to find a lot of great free materials to use in our homeschool.
Math and Language arts are completed individually since they are on different levels. For these we use workbooks that we actually have picked up from Aldi’s and the Dollar Tree. For math, we are also testing out a new website A+ Tutor Soft. It has lesson plans for each grade level as well as teacher guides and assessment tests. Alieo Games is another new site that we have began using for creative writing. To give it a try, sign up + use coupon code FIRSTYEARFREE for an unlimited trial until August 31st 2016!
Social Studies + Science comes in many forms. Netflix documentaries which I get a lot of great ideas from a FB Group called “Homeschooling with Netflix”. We also use Kids Discover Free Lesson Plans which includes student pages and teacher guides. And lastly, we will begin using Elementary Life Science from the Lab of Mr. Q starting in January 2016. The kids have a workbook called “The Map Book” that they have learned 30 of the 50 states + capitals since mid-August. Next we’ll work on the Presidents of the US, before moving on to other countries.
If you are a homeschool family, what curriculum materials are you using this year?