Israel’s Homeschool Curriculum
Several people have asked what homeschool curriculum I am currently using with Israel. I’ve used a variety of supplemental stuff, but I’d like to give you a quick overview of the main things I’m using right now. He’s still only 3 years old, so we try to have fun with it and not make it too hard. My mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law (Anna) have been very helpful, as well as other teachers and homeschooling friends of mine! Israel loves when he gets new workbooks and school supplies, so I have added them to his Christmas and birthday lists sometimes too! There are so many curriculums out there! You don’t have to stick with the same one for everything! Growing up, my mom used several different curriculums for different subjects and grade levels. Sometimes she even tried out a new curriculum when she thought a child might learn better with a different teaching style.
Before I list the different curriculums I’m using right now, I just wanted to say that you can get all of these things through the companies individual sites or from www.christianbook.com (I don’t make anything from any of them).
MATH: For math right now, I’m using the Math-U-See primer workbook (it comes with an instructor’s manual and dvd too!) and their company’s manipulatives integer block kit.
PHONICS: I started with Sing, Spell, Read & Write’s (S,S,R&W) first book in their Kindergarten and Level 1 combo kit to teach Israel the letter sounds (kinda an old curriculum, but it works well!), then I have briefly switched to Siegfried Engelmann’s “Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons” book. Once we finish this (should be done this week!), then we plan to finish out phonics with S,S,R&W.
READING: As Israel is learning to read, there are lots of books he has enjoyed reading (S,S,R&W comes with several reader books in their kit!). Anna (my SIL) told me about the BOB books and Israel loves them! There are several in each set (the pic below is just one of many sets/boxes with lots of little books in each one). And they are nice and short, so they help him stay motivated because the goals are achievable!
Right now, I focus mainly on math and teaching him to read and write. I do incorporate a little science and social studies, but this mainly consists of watching a short educational video on YouTube together and then doing a craft, project, or exploring something that relates to it. I have found www.teacherspayteachers.com (thanks Amber;-) ) to be extremely helpful in finding fun resources that correlate with something I want him to learn. And their emails I’ve signed up for help me remember all the holidays and the fun things we can to do make learning about them exciting without having to break the bank!
I like to make a little checklist chart (like my mom did for us when we were kids) and we check it off throughout the day…yes, I’m one of those people…lol…I write stuff down just so I can check it off! Anybody with me? haha
Israel also has a “chore pack:” little laminated cards that are stuffed inside a little plastic name tag with drawings of each of his chores on them (since he can’t quite read everything yet!) and the name of the chore/school subject with a number for the order in which it should be completed. Some of Israel’s cards purposely don’t have numbers on them so I can rearrange them however I want him to complete them that day…then I just have him check in between every card swap. He doesn’t always clip it on his clothes during the day. Sometimes we just keep it clipped on the wall and switch them out as we go through them. I first learned of the chore packs when my mom did them with some of my younger siblings. The idea came from Steve and Teri Maxwell (www.chorepacks.com).
I am continuing to find out that there are so many great and fun ways to help your kiddos learn! I’m sure many of y’all have great tips and I’d love to hear them! 🙂
What are some of your favorite school curriculums for different grade levels as well as any inspirational tips and/or books for homeschooling moms/teachers? Leave me a comment in the section below.
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