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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Homeschool Curriculum 2013-14

Today I'm linking up with Girlfriends Coffee Hour to share our homeschool curriculum choices for 2013-14. So take a break, grab yourself a cup of coffee (or tea or soda...), and relax for a moment with me here at my little corner of the blog world. I'm so glad you're here!

I can't believe my son and I are are finishing up week 4 already in our homeschool! This year leading up to my son's 7th grade year, I prayed and prayed and prayed some more over the choices I would make for his curriculum. Last year kind of felt like a flop since we were dealing with issues in Caleb's life that came to a head in June 2012 and resulted in a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, OCD, and ADD. That was a very difficult time for our family. Homeschooling took on a more relaxed approach as issues were dealt with and doctor's appointments took priority. God was faithful to carry us through that time and He continues to carry us even now.

So after taking time to seriously pray and ask God for His guidance, I felt my next step should be to search for a planner so I could keep myself on track with a concrete visual. I desired something I could type into and then print out so I could check off each subject as we completed it. Call me crazy, but I need this to feel a sense of accomplishment. Or maybe, it is has to do with feeling a sense of control since everything that has recently happened that shows me I'm not in control at all. But I digress. Anyhow, I ended up creating my own spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel and I love it!

As for our curriculum choices, here is a list of what we are using in Abundant Grace Christian Academy for 2013-14. I am very satisfied with the choices I have made. I feel like I've finally discovered Caleb's learning style and what works best for him. It has certainly been a process and I'm so relieved to finally be in this place now. I am an eclectic homeschooler; and with Caleb's special needs he is not on the same grade level for all of his subjects, so this is what works for us. You have to decide what is best for your own child. I want to take a moment here to encourage you not to doubt yourself because as the mother of your child(ren), you know them better than anyone.

Our 2013-14 Curriculum

Bible: Grapevine Studies

Math: Math on the Level

Spelling: All About Spelling

Reading: Rod and Staff

Writing: Essentials in Writing {review coming soon!}

History: Mystery of History, Volume 1

Science: Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

Art: A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels {Here is my review and your chance to win the giveaway!}

I've also worked into our curriculum schedule Caleb's martial arts leadership program that allows him to earn badges every month in areas such as Perseverance, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, etc. He completes the required work and then turns it in to his instructor to receive his badge which I sew on his uniform. This is a great confidence booster!

My husband and I just signed up Caleb for Upward basketball as well. We were so excited when he approached us wanting to know if he could play this year! It's a wonderful opportunity for him to be around other kids his age so that he can work on his social skills and get some great exercise too! Score!!

So what are your curriculum choices for your homeschool this year? Come and join the link-up party with other homeschoolers over at Girlfriends Coffee Hour! I'll be looking for you there!

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