Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

I have made some major changes to our homeschool curriculum this year.  The past two years I scoured the internet and pieced together an eclectic syllabus one subject at a time.  I love how homeschooling allows me to tailor every detail.  If you would like to see what we did in the past, look here for First Grade and here for Kindergarten.

The curriculum for our Kindergarten year went pretty smoothly, but last year was a bit of a train wreck.  The level of planning needed to build my own curriculum piecemeal was just too intense with a new baby and another one on the way.

So, I have learned from my mistakes and the name of the game this time around is simple planning for momma.  With that in mind we have decided to enroll with Seton Home Study.

Seton

Seton provides a rigorous, traditional, and fully Catholic curriculum.  For the most part, they publish their own books, with a few exceptions, especially in the older grades.  With enrollment, I receive lesson plans, grading assistance, and access to their customer service which has been fantastic so far.

EPI can’t quite leave well enough alone, so I have made a few substitutions.  We are sticking with Math-U-See.  I was also very distraught about losing the classical approach to teaching in regards to history, but I stumbled upon something amazing a few weeks ago.  You may have heard of it.

It is Easy Peasy.

Easy Peasy is a complete and FREE online curriculum put together by one amazing mom for her kiddos.  She has decided to share it with the world and I couldn’t be happier.  Seriously, go check this out.  We will be using it for Ancient History, Biology, and Pre-K.

Every other subject (Reading, English, Spelling, Handwriting, Religion, Art and Music) will be through Seton.  I am also using Seton’s history as a saint study/geography course.  I am not using Seton science at all.  I couldn’t make it past the first chapter of that book.

The first week is in the books and went pretty well.  More details on that later.  I think right now there may be too much in our schedule.  I will have to do some pruning. And to all of you that are still planning the next year, may the peace of Christ be with you.

 

~Catie

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  1. This is my first year using Seton also!!! I have followed it mostly to the t but some days I just do a few things. I am still trying to get the hang of homeschooling a 4th grader, preschooler, and crazy 18month old that destroys everything. Hopefully I will get into a good schedule before we finish the school year. :) I thought Seton would be a lot harder that it actually is…. which is such a relief since we might be moving to OK from CA in the next month or so. Love your site!!

    • Hi Jenny! OK is such an easy place to homeschool. It is all on the parent though. No one is going to keep tabs on you. Seton has been such a lifesaver for us this year. Especially for language arts. I tinker around with the assignments a little bit, but I am trying to stick to the written schedule as far as doing four days a week for reading, four or five for phonics, etc. We may not fully enroll with Seton next year, but I will keep a few of the classes. Glad you found my blog!

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