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We have tried a wide variety of curriculums and these are what fit us for now! We have different favorite curriculums for different subjects and some kids prefer a certain curriculum, while the other kids prefer a different one. Oh, the beauty of homeschool. We hope you find these recommendations helpful.
Call us crazy but we pick all of our favorite Classical Conversation science topics and all of our favorite The Good and The Beautiful Science units and combine them to create our science topics for the year.
Classical Conversations provides you with the topics and you create the lesson, whereas The Good and The Beautiful is zero prep and beautifully scripted and illustrated. We add in Classical Conversations science topics for memorization more so than to create lessons out of.
We have a book full of experiments for fun, investigative days that allow for more time. Writings from the Wild is a fun monthly subscription service where you receive letters from creatures in the wild.
Classical Conversations Foundations
The Good and the Beautiful Supplemental Units
Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects
Writings from the Wild
1st pick: We have come to love the beautifully scripted, zero prep history from The Good and The Beautiful. It includes a supplemental picture book full of vibrant, historical illustrations and maps as well as audio dramatizations for several historical accounts, which my kids love.
2nd pick: On occasion, we supplement with Classical Conversations for some history timeline memorization if we have additional time.
Heritage Letter is a fun monthly subscription service where you receive letters in the mail from famous historical figures.
For young ages, we love supplementing our history with the shows Animated History with Pipo and Liberty Kids as well as historical Magic Tree House books.
The Good and the Beautiful History
Classical Conversations Foundations
Animated History with Pipo
Magic Tree House History Books
We love this aspect of Classical Conversations. It requires students to memorize five geographical locations a week on the map. It only requires five minutes a day, but by the end of the year they have SO MUCH geographical knowledge.
Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Maps
Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Maps
Classical Conversations Foundations General Curriculum
Language Arts Curriculum:
I have some kids who prefer the short and condensed Master Books while others prefer the longer, beautifully scripted The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts books. So, I let them choose which one they do depending on the day. I love them both.
We enjoy Explode the Code for phonics supplementation. We alternate it daily with handwriting to go along with our Language Arts hour.
Language Lessons for a Living Education (mulitple levels)
The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts (mulitple levels)
Explode the Code Phonics (multiple levels)
We have loved See ABC Hear Do for beginners phonics. It does a phenomenal job of incorporating audio, visual, and kinesthetic learning all in one.
ABC See Hear Do 1 (Preschool Phonics)
ABC See Hear Do 2 (Kindergarten Phonics)
For a comprehensive start to preschool literacy, we enjoy this Letter of the Week.
Letter of the Week (Preschool Literacy)
I have some kids who prefer the short and condensed Master Books while others prefer the longer, beautifully scripted The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts books. So, I let them choose which one they do depending on the day. I love them both. TGATB will take twice as long, so obviously it is more practice but sometimes my kids prefer the shorter Master Books so we alternate. My goal is to always leave them wanting more, not burnt out. TGATB also comes with a box of beautiful manipulatives (if you are looking to save money alternative manipulatives are cheaper).
Math Lessons for a Living Education
The Good and the Beautiful Math
(Side note: We did Math-U-See in previous years. Although it is very repetitive, visual, and hands-on, my kids didn’t find it enticing enough to eagerly come back to each day.)
If you are curious why we teach Latin, we wrote about it here. Song School Latin has been our favorite for these first two years. It is primarily a sweet lady teaching about five new words (and later verb conjugations) a week on a DVD with an optional supplemental workbook. If you are looking to save money, only the DVD is necessary.
Song School Latin 1 Bundle
Song School Latin 1 DVD Set
Song School Latin 2 DVD Set
We have tried out multiple religion curriculums, both Catholic and Christian. For this age for our family, I have found More Than Words to be a great doable, zero prep book that incorporates both reading and writing.
Spirit of Truth is also a great curriculum. It is Catholic and easy for the whole family to join in on with scripted lessons.
More Than Words Level 1 (appropriate for our 6 year old)
More Than Words Level 2
Spirit of Truth Curriculm (multiple levels)
Rise Up, Shining with Virtue (our daily kids’ devotions)
Catholic Icing (Catholic preschool + kindergarten printable and crafts)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (we attend this Catholic Montessori program weekly)
Catholic All Year (a website and book to help us live liturgically + feast day ideas)
Catholic Saints A-Z (Handwriting)
Catholic Prayer Tracing (Handwriting)
More than Words Master Books
Catholic Family Crate Subscription (the cutest monthly saint activities)
We use The Good and The Beautiful for our older ones and Mother of Divine Grace for our younger ones.
Mother of Divine Grace Handwriting
The Good and the Beautiful Handwriting
Create Your Own Handwriting Sheets to Print
Animal Alphabet Tracing Printable
Numbers 1-20 Tracing Printable
We do arts and crafts as an elective 1-2 times a week. Pinterest usually inspires these lessons but we also have some favorite drawing tutorial books. I’ve been surprised by how much drawing tutorials have aided their artistic abilities.
Draw Write Now On the Farm
Draw Write Now Animals and Habitats
Drawing with Children
This is a great online drawing tutorial site for kids.
Printable Drawing Tutorials for Kids
We have loved these picture studies. Just like geography, they only take five minutes a day, but by the end of the year your child can identify SO MANY famous pieces of art by famous artists in history. Each picture study includes about 8 famous works of art from an artist and a biography. We generally keep a picture study on our wall for 2-3 weeks, or until all of the works of art are memorized.
Simply Charlotte Mason Picture Study