Curriculum and Resources We Love!

Hi Kendra and Fletch-

I would love to hear or read about curriculum you use or do not like and why. What has worked for your family?

I know we are all different and have different needs, but it's always neat to hear what has worked (or not worked) for others. If you have already made a show like this or have done a blog post about it sorry to have ask. I looked for this sort of info but did not find anything like that. I enjoy your radio show. Thanks for taking the time to make it.


We haven't talked much about our family curriculum choices here on HomeschoolingIRL because I (Kendra) have been writing for so many years over on Preschoolers and Peace about nitty gritty homeschooling topics that I just thought everyone was tired of hearing my opinion on the subject.

But I am happy to share what has worked here and what hasn't. I'll point you to some older posts I wrote and then share a few more thoughts.

In 2009 I did a series of posts highlighting each subject and what we like as well as what we have ditched. I updated them again in 2013, and you can see them here:

There were more posts from 2009 that covered more subjects, and although we've added or tweaked some things, the info is still pretty relevant:


Preschool and Kindergarten

   Field trips. Lots and lots of field trips. This one to Sacramento's Sutter's Fort.

Field trips. Lots and lots of field trips. This one to Sacramento's Sutter's Fort.

But what about now? This year we have kids sort of here, there, and everywhere. Our two high schoolers are in a charter homeschool high school, which means they take a few classes on campus, a few online, and a few from me. I am using the school's English text for our sophomore but since she's already read some of the book choices and there are others I want her to read, I have changed the program to suit her needs (i.e., she'll study a different Shakespeare drama because she's already read the pick for this year).

Our 8th grade daughter is in Classical Conversations Challenge B, so she's using resources like Introductory Logic and Henle Latin. Our favorite logic and Latin resources are listed in the posts above, but because she's a part of CC, I let it go. However, for middle school writing, we really love Write With World, so I stuck to my guns and she's doing it instead of the IEW writing program that Classical Conversations uses. She's taking pre-algebra online with Because of this experience, I've forever declared live online math classes for my remaining students once they hit pre-algebra. She also studies history with us at home using The Mystery of History Volume IV. She takes piano, is an avid runner, and sings in the children's choir that performs with our local symphony.

   From Apologia's Who is My Neighbor? Student Workbook

From Apologia's Who is My Neighbor? Student Workbook

Our 5th grader is using Rod and Staff Math 5, Cursive Without Tears, The Mystery of History Volume IV, Who is My Neighbor? (this one will get its own post soon!), Keyboarding Without Tears, and an online literature class from CurrClick. Science is a mixture of a lot of leftover projects I have in my stash and field trips this year. She takes piano, tennis, and also sings in the children's choir. 

Our 2nd grader is using Rod and Staff Math 2, Handwriting Without Tears, The Mystery of History Volume IV, Who is My Neighbor?, Our Father's World, Patterns of Nature (we rotate these two books each week), Keyboarding Without Tears, and the super fun Star Wars Brain Quest books. He'll switch back to the Pathway Readers series he's in the middle of when the Star Wars books are finished. He takes tennis and invents things with all the leftover boxes, string, Legos, wood, and tape we have. 

Our Mighty Joe with a brain injury is in a public school classroom for kindergarten this year. Are you surprised? We are, too! It's been a very good fit for him, as he's getting services he needs. He is a full year older than his classmates and has already had a kindergarten year at home, but he is very behind and likely to always be. His neurologist declared this past spring that he has no higher cognitive learning abilities. No one knows exactly what that means for Joe, but we continue to do a lot of supplementary activities at home, as well. We've been homeschooling for so long, we wouldn't know any other way!

Every year is different because every student is different. I bet it's the same at your house, too!