Our Homeschool – 2016

I have been homeschooling for over 20 years! Things have changed since I started with my oldest son, but it still remains dear to my heart. We are a Christian homeschooling family and began our journey in homeschooling with my eldest son, Nick, and never looked back! He went on to enter the U.S. Air Force Academy and is now going to be 27 years old. Where did the time go?

Nick getting his USAFA appt.
Nick receiving his USAFA appointment.

We have had two more children graduate our homeschool high school and now we only 😉  homeschool our remaining six kids. The children are in 11th, 9th, 8th, 6th, and two kids are in 4th. To get a look into what we do, I have listed our curricula below. We have some kids that school comes easily to, and some that it is quite challenging for. I love that I can take the time needed for each child’s ability. We start everyday with Bible reading and prayers, and then each child has assignments for their particular grade.

kids on playground
Our kids with their cousins at the playground.

11th Grader’s Curricula:

9th Grader’s Curricula:

4th – 8th Grader’s Shared Subjects:

  • The 4th through 8th graders are all doing Year 2, Level M for History, Art, and Music – Easy Peasy (free online)
  • Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day – Apologia Science
  • Piano Lessons – Hoffman Acadamy (free online)

8th Grader’s Additional Curricula:

  • Learning Language Arts Through Literature – Gray Book
  • Algebra I – Teaching Textbooks

6th Grader’s Additional Curricula:

  • Learning Language Arts Through Literature – Tan Book
  • Math – Saxon 7/6
  • Handwriting – Italic Book G

4th Grader’s Additional Curricula:

  • Learning Language Arts Through Literature – Orange Book
  • Math – Saxon 5/4
  • Handwriting – Italic Book F
  • Explode the Code Books

The older girls are able to do their coursework on their own with some assistance from me. I LOVE Teaching Textbooks for math because it is automatically graded, which leaves less grading for me. My kids love it too and do well with it. I find teaching the Easy Peasy History, Music, and Art classes to all the younger kids at once to work very well and is more enjoyable for all. Of course, I require more from the 8th grader than I do the 4th graders. 🙂

We do lots of other things that are part of our school. The kids spend a lot of time outside. We enjoy our little homestead, hunt, fish, hike, cook together, sew, garden, raise chickens, etc. In fact, we call my daughter Celia the chicken whisperer. She is often seen outside singing to her chickens. They sit on her shoulder and on her arm while she talks and sings to them. Their favorite song is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

Celia and Her Chickens
Celia and Her Chickens

What do you do in your homeschool? What curricula have you found to be especially helpful? Please share int he comments below.

God’s Blessings,