photo credit: www.123rf.com


Q.  How do you choose a curriculum that works for your family.

A.   The main things I look for in a curriculum/resource is

  • What need is it meeting (this could be a family need, or a need of an individual)
  • What preparation does it require of me
  • What teaching time per day / per week – Does it fit our study schedule
  • Does it work with notebooking?  Can I tweak it to fit?
  • If it is a new resource I also have to ask what is it replacing (I can’t keep on adding good things to my family – something has to go if something is being added)
 I have written about this process on my website:  Choosing Homeschool Curriculum for the Discipleship Homeschool

Q.  What curriculum do you use?

A.  I don’t make a distinction between curriculum and resources – I use what meets the needs of my children.  I have used some complete curriculum and I have tweaked things to make it fit us and I use many books just off the shelf of Amazon or Koorong.  I think it is very important that you give yourself the freedom to tweak things to fit your child and your family situation.

I list these resources here as a good place for folk to start looking – you may well find something else suits you better.

Phonics / learning to read:  Reading Made Easy by Valerie Bendt  It teaches phonics, it has very limited prep, is scripted so you know what to say.  You can read more about it here.  After our children were reading we used more Charlotte Mason methods of copywork and oral/written narrations.

Math:  Math U See and Living Math ideas.  Read more about living math here and here.

I like MathUSee as my children can do most of it independently, it has a hands on component, and it works with the idea of mastery before you progress.

Bible Study:  We have used many different resources for our Bible study.  On the Way was my favourite when the kids were little as it helped progress us through the Bible and gave good resources for interesting notebook pages.  There are three different age groups 3-9, 9-11, 11-14.   I found it easy enough to get a key objective from these resources, read the Bible story from the narrated children’s Bible and create conversation.  Then they would do their notebook page.   I have used many other resources as my children have grown older and needed different things.  Maybe that is a post all on its own.

General Knowledge

Five in a Row:  This is my all time favourite curriculum/resource – I stretched it out for as long as I could.  I love it.  It has shaped how I teach and how my kids learn.

Sonlight:  Though I found Sonlight a bit overwhelming for many years, I finally purchased it for Daniel last year and it has been great.  The books are fantastic (and I have always used them as a resource for a great book list – even without buying the whole kit-n-caboodle!)  In using it though I made big tweaks – only using the components that suited us.

Science:

Noeo Science has worked for us – both as an independent study (for older kids) and for younger ones too.  I am going to do another Noeo next year.

God’s Design – Answers in Genesis resource.  I really enjoyed how this resource covered all my ages – upper primary (and would have done lower as well), middle and upper highschool.  It is a very family friendly resource.

I have used others – some with success, some with tears!  These two are my favourites.

History:

We initially used Diana Waring What in the World is going on here as a guide.   We’ve also used Mystery of History and Learning thru History.   Josh and Jess did History fairly chronologically (though they got stuck on certain periods for longer amounts of time – and didn’t study every era).  Nomi and Daniel are looking at things more randomly.

My shelves are filled with so many other good resources – but these are the ones that have served us well and are a good place to start.

Read more about discipleship homeschooling on my website.

copyright www.123rf.com

This post is a part of a series springing from the Q&A session at the Mum Heart Conference.  I’m taking time to answer these questions this week as I think they are helpful questions for most homeschooling mums at some time in their journey….

Individual Education Planning Worksheets - brainstorming every area of your child's life.

Get your Planning Worksheets

I will email you the download link so you can start looking at all the different spheres of your child's life before you make any curriculum choices. 

The download link is on it's way.

An Alternative to Chocolate

An Alternative to Chocolate

Not that I have anything against chocolate - but these jelly beans can help your kids share the message of Jesus, his love, death and resurrection at Easter time.  

The download link is on it's way.

Parent Guide: How to make your Family Bible Study Really Work

Family Bible Study is Tricky with all the Different Ages

 

But there is a way to make this a rich learning and bonding family time.  This Guide includes tips, planning worksheet, and discussion prompts.  

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download yourCharacter Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your Character Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

The download link is on it's way.

Download your Cheat Sheet

 

A quick reference to help you discern between a heart attitude and a lack of skill for when your child loses it!

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on its way.

Three things for parents to pray for in the Moment.

Make God your First Response

Print out this parenting reminder to call out to God in the middle of the moment.

I'm excited to share this download with you. Watch your inbox.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

 

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Our children hear different words when we react to when we respond. Do your children hear blah blah blah when you correct them? Includes a parenting poster.

Download Parenting Poster

 

When we Respond instead of React we find a way to deal with the heart not just behaviour.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Character Lesson Guide

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

When family relationships get tense - look for the niggles.

Heart Focused Parenting Resource for the Intentional Parent

 

Your download will arrive in your inbox shortly. 

Print it out and use to teach the hearts of your kids.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Hearts: Heart focus homeschool

Email Course

Daily emails  (6 days) to help you walk towards being a heart focused homeschool family!

You have joined the email course. Watch your email inbox!

Find ways to Re-engage your Student

Download this checklist and stir your child's curiosity

Watch your Inbox - the Checklist is on it's way!

Stay Heart Focused

 

When you parent the heart, the tone of your family will change. 


Weekly Heart Boost emails with practical and encouraging ideas to be heart focused in all areas of family life.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your family journey. I'll be in touch.

FREE Parenting Worksheet

This worksheet will help you move from addressing behaviour to really parenting the heart, one issue at a time.

 

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Parenting Support Library

Join now for extra and regular heart focus family living support.
Weekly emails and bonus content straight to your email inbox.

 

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Become a Better Parent

Personal growth starts with an honest assessment

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Give Effective Consequences

Think before you React

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

 

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

One Another Verses

Be Intentional in the Teen Years

Use this Cheat Sheet to remind you of how you can love your teen.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Devotion Response Kit cover

Download your Devotion Response Kit

5 prompts to encourage the heart of your child as they learn to respond to God's Word

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Prepare a Heart focused Christmas

 

Free email course

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your copy

Download your copy

Blending Life and Lessons - and start your journey of changing your thinking about education.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Download: One Another Verses pdf

Download: One Another Verses pdf

Download this list of One Another verses and teach your children how to love others.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Raising Kids with Character

ATTEND LIVE : FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

A bonus for Heart Booster readers:  Learn how to teach character to your kids so that they can live their lives making values-based choices.

 

Live Session:  5th May 2021, 6.30pm AWST

Replay available until 16th May 2021

 

I'm so excited about this workshop - thanks for joining me!

Raising Kids with Character

REPLAY OPTION : FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

A bonus for Heart Booster readers:  Learn how to teach character to your kids so that they can live their lives making values-based choices.

 

Replay available from 6th May until 16th May 2021

 

I'm so excited about this workshop - thanks for joining me!

Raising Kids with Character

WAITLIST

 

The Raising Kids with Character parenting workshop will be offered again this year - details yet to be confirmed.  Join the waitlist so you don't miss out. 

I will keep in you in the loop as soon as decisions have been made!

Join Heart Boost and gain access to de•vot•ed free for 1 month

 

Connecting everyday living with the Word of God

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Bonus Reading list

 

Sharing my Homeschool Belief File

Knowing what you believe and why about education and homeschooling helps you make good decisions.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

%d bloggers like this: