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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2012-2013 Curricula and Our Homeschool Style

As I already mentioned, I went to my first homeschool convention over the weekend.  It was a great experience all around!  I'm so thankful I went to the vendor hall with a plan for next year's curriculum as it is so easy to get overwhelmed.  I could have seen myself either buying way too many things I would not end up using or buying nothing at all, had I not thought things out before hand.  

It turns out that our 2012-2013 Curricula is not drastically different from our 2011-2012 list, with a few exceptions and the addition of TS 3, of course.  I purchased quite a bit of what you will find on the list below at the convention.  TS 1 will be in sixth grade next year.  TS 2 will be in third grade.  TS 3 will be doing a combination of kindergarten and first grade work during the 2012-2013 school year.

As you might be able to tell from the mix of curricula below, our homeschooling style is decidedly Christian, mostly Classical and Literature Based, with a touch of Charlotte Mason.  You can read the details of why we are homeschooling and what our goals are in our homeschool mission statement.  For now, in nutshell, our aim is to balance a rigorous academic program with time for extracurricular pursuits, fun and family activities.  I try to plan and prepare our work schedule and materials as far ahead as I can, so that we can all enjoy the process and I can still have a little free time for myself.

So without further ado, our 2012-2013 Curricula:

Humanities Core:
Includes History, Geography, Church History, Music and Art Appreciation
TS 3- Story of the World, Sections selected to correspond with Tapestry of Grace readings for TS 1 & 2 as well as selected Lower Grammar picture books from Tapestry of Grace

Language Arts
TS2-  Christian Light Publishing Reading, Grade 3 (Reading Comprehension)
TS2- A Reason for Handwriting, Book T (Cursive Handwriting)

TS 3-  Institute for Excellence in Writing Primary Arts of Language (Reading, Writing, Spelling and Handwriting)


TS 3-  Human Body Study using a variety of workbooks and books from the library

Foreign Language:


Art/Music/PE/Sci, SS or Lit Enrichment:
Activities within Tapestry of Grace
Weekly Piano Lessons
Weekly Homeschool Co-op (Three Group Classes on Fridays with Other Local Homeschoolers)
Community Sports

And that about sums it up!  

How about you?  Have you planned your curricula yet?  If you have blogged about it, I'd love to read about it!  Simply leave your link in the comments.

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  1. Thank you for the "Following Narnia" link! It looks like an excellent program and I'll have to remember it when Bug reaches 7th grade. (Hopped on over from WUH's Weekly Wrap-Up.)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Amelia! I'm excited for the Following Narnia writing program, too. Hope it's a gunrunning way to improve his writing!

  2. We are using some of the same curriculum (Story of the World, Math U See, Apologia). I haven't heard of some of the others you mentioned so am going to check them out. I love hearing about other people's curriculum choices!

    1. Me too, Sharla! I love to read about what others are doing. I am always amazed at the fun things you do with your adorable littles :)

  3. Looks like a fun year. I've always been tempted by Tapestry of Grace, but never got to it.

    1. We are loving Tapestry of Grace so far, but it can be overwhelming to plan/execute. Thanks for checking out our plans!

  4. Looks like a wonderful line up. You have some of my favorites on there. We did the anatomy last year and it was just awesome. And we miss First Language Lessons so much. We were totally bummed when she decided not to continue on with Advanced Language Lessons. Sniff...

  5. I just love checking out others' curriculum! That Narnia writing looks interesting. And have you used the Typing instructor before? I'm wondering how it is. I like to start typing next year.

    I noticed you are using Apologia for science. We have done the A&P and will be doing Botany this year. If you are interested in connecting with other Apologia users, please check out and link up to the Apologia Blog Roll on my blog.


  6. Yes, Sarah, we used Typing Instructor for kids last year. My son really enjoyed it and I think he made good progress with his keyboarding skills using it.

    I will definitely check out your blog and link up! Thanks for mentioning that.