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Our Curriculum Choices – Year 8

Our Curriculum Choices Year 8

In this series of posts, I’ve been sharing what curricula I plan on using to homeschool my three kids in the school year ahead. To see what we’ve used for other ages and grades, check out the first post which has links to all the posts in the series.

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Year 8 Snapshot

It’s 2021 and the world still seems topsy turvy right now (to put it nicely). But despite masks and politics and germs, the show must go on. Even though we don’t know what this year will bring (do we ever?), it’s still important to have routines, curricula, and/or goals for the upcoming school year. Though some plans will inevitably need to be revised, we’ve got to start somewhere or we’ll never go anywhere.

It’s been getting easier to plan out curricula now that we’ve been homeschooling for a while. I can reuse some resources for my younger kids and continue on with the next levels of curricula I already know work for us. Generally speaking, I don’t feel like I’m reinventing the wheel each year. *happy homeschooling mom sigh of relief*

Here’s what we’ll be using for our 8th year of homeschooling:

Seventh Grade Curricula for Year 8

Fourth Grade Curricula for Year 8

Every year we do as much learning together as possible (partly because it’s fun and a great way to learn, but mostly to save my sanity). So the Bible, science, and history/geography for my fourth grader will be the same as his brother’s list above. Besides those, he’ll be working on:

Kindergarten Curricula for Year 8

My youngest is so excited to be starting Kindergarten! In addition to the work we do together, she’ll also be doing:

  • Math: CTC Math plus Math-U-See Alpha and other fun math games and printables
  • Reading: Bob Books, silent reading (10+ min./day) plus family read-alouds and audiobooks
  • Phonics: Various phonics workbooks, Word Mastery (*FREE*), sight word games, Starfall.com
  • Handwriting: A mom-made handwriting book with printables and copywork pages (including some of these *FREE* handwriting pages found here)
  • Logic: Lollipop Logic Book 2

Other Fun Stuff

Given the events of the last year and a half, we’re holding our plans loosely. But since I’m often guilty of holding my plans too tightly, maybe that’s not such a bad thing for me.

The new co-op we joined this past year was a wonderful experience for all of us. We’ll be going back this year and all three of my kids will be taking Gym and Art for their age groups. They also each chose a fun elective – the 7th grader will be trying a Robotics class, my 4th grader picked Improv Theater, and my (still sometimes shy) youngest is cautiously optimistic about trying a Young Scientists class.

We’re hoping our church will host in-person AWANA this year. My oldest will be continuing in Trek, my middle son in T&T, and my youngest will be starting in Sparks.

As for music, we’re still working our way through the Bastien Piano Basics series at home. But they’ve now caught up to my skill level so my 4th grader will be taking piano lessons with an instructor at our co-op. We’re also continuing with our amazing local homeschool band. My 4th grader plays French horn and my 7th grader plays percussion. Since the percussion music is also beyond me (who invented all those little chicken scratch symbols anyway?!) my oldest will be taking percussion lessons at co-op, too. 

From the looks of the ever-changing COVID landscape right now, this will be another year of “wait and see” for the extracurricular opportunities. For now, we’re planning on Youth Group, Worship Team, and maybe a speech club for my oldest, and hopefully some Park District classes or sports for the others. 

Check back in the future to see Our Curriculum Choices – Year 9!

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Our Curriculum Choices Year 8