Over the years, we’ve used a variety of approaches and curricula. We’re truly eclectic homeschoolers. However, we’ve been influenced by several different things.
We had a very gentle kindergarten year with very few academics. For first through fourth grade, we slowly increased academics and followed a classical cycle for history and systematically covered the sciences. For fifth grade, we moved to being more child led in our approach to content subjects while continuing to move along in math and writing.
I’ve never been drawn to using an overarching all in one curriculum, not even some of the more creative options out there. We’ve tried a lot of other things, including dipping our toes into different math programs, various workbooks, and all kinds of supplements. However, everything has to serve my greater vision and the kids’ needs and interests.
We have had a few favorites among curricula and resources. For curricula, these have included Brave Writer, the Logic workbooks from Prufrock Press, the creative thinking workbooks from Tin Man Press, Miquon Math, and Beast Academy. For books, this includes Builders of the Old World by Gertrude Hartman, The Story of US by Joy Hakim, the American Story series by Betsy Maestro, the USKids History books from Brown Paper Schoolbag, the Murderous Maths series by Kjartan Poskitt, the Art Lab series, and the Scientists in the Field series.
The drop down tab at the top of this page has links to all of our various curricula choices from each year of homeschooling.