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If you’ve been following our family’s curriculum picks for awhile (check out what we chose last year and the year before), you’ll know that my husband and I split our days between working and homeschooling. My husband covers math, spelling, and our morning loop subjects (see below) while I’m working, and I do Bible, literature, history, and whatever loose ends need finishing up in the afternoons while he works. Our homeschool days may look different than most, but we’ve seen each family member thrive as we lean fully into the freedom and flexibility homeschooling offers.

Here are some of the resources we plan to use this year. See below for more details about how we use these materials. You’ll see that we combine many subjects.

Math

Spelling and Vocabulary

Geography

Science (together)

Logic (together)

Art and Music (together)

Writing and Grammar (together)

History and Geography (together)

This year we are wrapping up our study of the Middle Ages and moving into the Renaissance and Reformation period.

Literature (together)

Some of our literature readings are designed to correspond to the period of history we are currently studying. Others are just fun books that we enjoy during our nightly family read-aloud time. Here are a few of the titles we plan to read together this year.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Rock climbing class at our local gym
  • Shakespeare Club with some local Charlotte Mason homeschool families

More Details on How We Structure Our Days

Math

Saxon Math has been our go-to since the beginning, but we heavily adapt the program to meet our needs. We spread each lesson out over two days, so that my husband can teach new material to one child, while the other child works on the problems for the lesson they learned the previous day. We also only require our kids to do half the problems Saxon assigns. In addition, every February we take a break from Saxon to play math games and do a Life of Fred book or two.

Breaking up the work this way and doing math all year round allows us to cover about 2/3 of a math book per year, so this fall we will finish up Math 6/5 and Math 3 before moving on to Math 7/6 and Math 5/4 over the winter. (Finished for us means the book is about 90% done).

We may be “behind” according to the timetables used in public schools, but we have kids that love math – our sixth grader recently asked to bring his Saxon math book with him to VBS so he could work on problems if he gets bored 🙂 – so I feel confident that this pace is right for our kids.

Science

Last year was our first year using Elemental Science‘s program for logic stage students, and we loved it! This year we’ll be continuing on with Earth Science and Astronomy for the Logic Stage. Each week’s studies revolve around a theme and guide you and your student in performing a simple experiment, reading from the Usborne Science Encyclopedia, coloring and labeling a sketch, writing definitions and answers to discussion questions, and memorizing facts like the seven types of stars or the layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. Our youngest doesn’t do as much written work, but she enjoys joining her brother for the readings, experiments, and sketches so for now we’re keeping both kids together for science.

Geography

Geography is largely an independent study for my 6th grader. We discovered the geography materials by Memoria Press last year, and it became one of the highlights of our homeschool year. My son spends his geography time reading a lesson about a country or region from the student text, labeling the maps in the accompanying workbook, recreating the flag of that country, and doing some extra reading about that part of the world. Each week I put in a request at the library for a few picture books or short chapter books set in the country he is studying, and he choses from among this stack I’ve curated for his extra reading (Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin has been a great resource for finding quality books set in a specific country). Depending on how interested he is, he may spend a few days or a few weeks learning about a particular country. Last year he made it about 3/4 of the way through Geography I, so he will finish that up this year, and then begin Geography II.

Morning Loop

This year we will do the following subjects on a loop after math and copywork/spelling are complete. I first learned about loop scheduling from Sarah Mackenzie in her book, Teaching from Rest. It’s great for subjects you want to cover regularly, but not everyday. During our morning loop time, we just do whatever is next on the list. If we miss our loop time here and there because of a dentist appointment, illness, or a day that goes completely off the rails, we just pick up where we left off the next day.

  • Science
  • Art/Music
  • Science
  • Logic
  • Science
  • Grammar

Afternoon Time

In the afternoons, I do our morning time/morning basket type readings with the kids. This includes Bible, singing a hymn, memory work, a history reading, and a portion from a literature read-aloud. If all goes well, this takes about an hour.

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Aimee grew up among the cornfields of rural Michigan, where she was captivated by Jesus as a teenager and married her high school sweetheart. Together they moved to New England where they homeschool their two children together. Aimee has a Master's degree in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She enjoys exploring new places, reading great stories, and enjoying the outdoors with her family.