now lets talk money - you can spend as much as you want or as little as you want when homeschooling your children! I will go into more depth with this in another post but just bear in mind that libraries and co-ops and local homeschool communities can really help you out. our children have the desire and want to learn naturally built inside of them, it doesn't take expensive curriculum to pull that out and nourish that knowledge!
ok enough preface, lets talk specifics..
keep in mind that this is just what I use and what works for our family... just a resource for you to look into. my children are 2, 5, 9, and 11. I don't 'schedule' anything for my 2 year old as play is all she needs. my 5 year old, my main goal was getting him to learn how to read. now that he can read - we will be expanding his curriculum and I'll post about it as it happens. my older 2 are where most the curriculum is at. pretty much everything we do besides some specific language / phonics and their math, are together. when it comes to history, science, and a lot of the reading, the whole 'lesson' applies to all 3 boys. the youngest boy (5) will listen and then draw what he learned. with each age older, they get a little more added on but the core learning is applied to everyone. you'll see that they ask questions and really dive into a knowledge that applies to their individual level. there are occasions when we get off on tangents to tackle something for my older boys but often everyone listens (they may just not grasp it quite yet!).. that's a huge part I love, how we can actually nourish each individuals learning needs because we're at home and there's not 20 other students to tend to.
our curriculum this year (in no particular order)...
teach your child to read in 100 lessons - I went for this one after reading all the rave reviews. even after receiving it in the mail I was a littles hesitant because it looks boring - but it works! it only took a few lessons in before it clicked for my son.
five in a row - loving learning - I couldn't find this one on amazon to link for you. you can just get the main spiral book and then acquire each individual book from your library or a local homeschooling family. I love the concept of this... it takes particular books and helps you walk through the stories with your children and then basically analyze those stories and at the same time that teaches many, and probably most, subjects right there in each book. we now apply it to books that aren't even in 'the program'. I'll grab books from the library and we read them together, then they read individually, and then they write out a summary, and then we go through each subject (math, English, history, geography, science, etc.) and see what we learned from the book.
spectrum - I like the writing, language arts, and vocabulary from these - we do these by grade levels. this is one of those areas where if you need 'busy work', this works well. it's a worksheet type learning
Primary language lessons - I like how these are short lessons
the story of the world - there's 4 books and we basically try to do one book a year. all kids are involved as we work through each section. I don't buy the workbook with it but you definitely can get that supplement. we come up with our own work from each lesson. the youngest draws and does crafts in relation to the learnings that day and the older 2 also draw but we add to it with summaries and quizzes and such.
teaching textbooks - there’s mixed reviews on this one but we love it and my kids are thriving in math with it. this is currently their only ‘computer learning’ except for some research papers my oldest is doing .
play the forest school way - this is a nature games, crafts, and skills, book. its really fun to take along with you on your nature walks and hikes. we spend so much time outdoors and I feel like we learn so much by exploring nature, wether its our front yard or the museum or the national forest - all of it has opportunities to soak in.
lyrical earth science - (we're doing the geology one right now). with science, we work to apply so much of everyday life into our learning. I also love to google and youtube and pinterest easy and fun science experiments as those are favorites amongst my kiddos. ***we are lucky to also have a small farm where so much life based learning takes place. my kids can tell you all about how baby animals are born and the sac they're in and the placenta and all kinds of birthing details***
journals - I buy the cheap spiral notebooks and have the kids journal as much as possible. a journal that is school based and off what they learned (especially those days when it was all experience or outdoor based), a nature journal to take with us when we adventure out, and a personal journal that is all their own but sometimes I'll give the prompts.
chalkboard - we do so much here and this, along with our library, are the sweetest learning spots in our home. we used to do a letter each week and write the capital and lower case on the board and then every child would join in and draw items that started with that letter. was fun for all ages and maybe we'll start doing it again! our chalkboard was really easy to put up and if you want, I'll do a quick tutorial on how we did it.
our everyday world - not a book :) - taking your children out into the world and adventuring and sharing your experiences creates a wonderful learning environment while also bonding as a family. kids don’t need a classroom and a desk to nurture their drive to learn!