Teaching Together, 2016 Curriculum Line-Up

Welcome back for another month of Teaching Together.

Being labeled a home school mom sets you up for A LOT of questions. From my thoughts on learning to read clear up to what we plan to do in the high school years. But my favorite question has to be the “WHY?!” Which usually comes with an “are you crazy” expression on their face. However the most common of all the questions I get asked or emailed about is what curriculum we use.

2016 Homeschool
Here is what we have planned for the 2016/2017 school year!


When it comes to choosing homeschooling curriculum you really have two choices. You can by something all-inclusive *bleck* (can you tell I’m not a fan of this method) or you can piece things together on your own. I have always gone with this second choice and here is why.

It saves money
You have more variety
Its less monotonous
It’s easier to customize your curriculum to the way your child learns.

At the end of it all I am sure that both methods are effective. But, everyone has their opinion so I thought why not share mine. It is my blog after all :P. 

Marissa 3rd Grade Emily Kindergarten
I also plan to add in a few electives that will alternate daily.
These will include things like “computer lab” time, art, yoga, and typing.


7:30 school starts with prayer
7:35-8:00 Handwriting
8:00-8:45 Math
8:45-9:00 Break
9:00-09:20 Bible
09:20-10:00 Literature/Phonics
10:00-10:30 Spelling/Emily Break
10:30-11:00 Language/ Emily computer games
11:00-12:15 Lunch Break
12:10- 12:45 Creative Writing/ Emily History or Science
12:45-01:15 Marissa computer games/ Emily Book time
01:15-2:00 Apologia Science OR Marissa’s History
02:00-02:30 Art/ Creative Play/ Yoga
Lets be real. I say this is our schedule, but it doesn’t mean it will stick or adjustments wont be needed. But at least we have some kind of idea on what to do when and we can tweak things as we need to.

My goals for our school year are to have way too much fun, finish our books in a timely manner, and hopefully not bomb achievement tests at the end of the year.

That is all.

I kind of am too but where I may thrive on goals, that kind of pressure on a kindergartener just isn’t needed. 

This will be my first year of officially schooling two kids.
I’m nervous and excited.
Pray for me friends.

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  • Amy Smith

    Your outlook for the upcoming school year sounds great! Of course, things can be tweaked once you get started, but your plan looks definitely doable. Do you go M-F? My SIL homeschools my nephew. He goes M-TH, with a 1/2 day on Friday. He also takes an art class at a school in his district.

    • Thanks Amy. We also go M-Thurs, I should have added that in. Friday we have co-op classes that the girls attend for half of the day then we come home for lunch and our week is finished… unless we are REALLY behind.

  • I can’t even say the word – school yet. Sounds like you have it down pat friend.

    • Baha ha! Yeah… I need to come to grips and say it out loud a few times. We only have a month of summer left :(.

      I try, but sometimes it all crumbles.

  • When do the girls wake up? Or do you wake them up to start? Aria’s green light goes off at 730. I feel like we’d never be mentally awake for a while. That and I suppose we should eat breakfast too.

    • Russ leaves the house a little before 6:30 so they typically get up shortly after or by 7:00 I much prefer when we started at 8 but with his 11:00 lunch break we need to get that early start.

  • Such an achiever! You are doing such wonderful things for your girls, Beth! And i believe they’ve taken cursive out of the regular curriculum but I think it is such a wonderful skill that our kids are missing out on. Good for you, putting it in.

    • I dreamt about handwriting last night. Isn’t that weird. I remember asking all kinds of people if their child was learning cursive. SO bizarre. I hope she loves learning, I am kind of dreading it honestly. Thank you friend. Happy Friday.

  • Meghan Flinn

    While we plan to attend public school, if I were to homeschool I see myself doing something like this. Compiling different supplies and having a real schedule. I think I’d be tempted to put things on hold too often for random things that come up. Do you continue to homeschool through high school? I ask because while I did well in school I think I’d need to go back for a refresher before being able to teach things like chemistry and calculus 😉

    • YES! It honestly has never been much of a problem around here though. I think that is mostly because I tend to be a goal oriented person so if I give us “goals” aka lesson plans, we don’t get to far off track.

      Honestly friend, I have no idea. I know lots of parents use more online and computer resources in the later years so that is probably VERY helpful.

  • Now I am not a homeschooler, but I am cheap and bore easily so your piecing together a plan that works for you sounds exactly like what I would do. School starts for us in the end of July and already I am thinking about all of the back to school items we need to be ready to roll. How did it all go so fast???

    • And here I thought we were the very first ones going back to the books! I have no idea how it went by so quickly, but I don’t like it one bit. Happy Friday.

  • I feel like it would be hard for me to get my kids to participate with me as their teacher! I admire people like you who can do it!

    • Thank you so much Dara, I bet you’d surprise yourself too.

  • Girl, you are a ROCK STAR for home schooling. I admire you home schooling mommies so much! I don’t think I could ever have enough discipline to get us through it. The organizational skills and creativity, yes. Discipline? No.

    • Lol, it is one of the hardest and key parts for sure. Thank you so much girl. Happy Friday!

  • Wow, you are so organized, you are on top of it! Want to home school my kids too? hehe.

    • Well the commute everyday to and from school might be a little over the top…. I guess I’ll have to move your way :P.

      • LOL, just slightly. I think moving my way sounds like the best thing for both of us. You can use our pool. 🙂

        • You know we love to swim. I could go for a pool season that lasts longer then 3 months for sure!

  • I admirer your organization. I’m such a procrastinator I don’t think I could stay focused on the task. Your girls seem like such sweethearts, but I think my kids would drive each other crazy. Do you have school discipline versus your regular discipline?

    • That is a good question. I don’t think we really do. They definitely get in trouble during each, but I feel like our methods are the same for the most part. We also have to talk about our school day with dad like any other family does too. Happy Friday Emily!

  • Tara Irwin

    I love this because I have been contemplating “officially” homeschooling my daughter in a year when she can start kindergarten. I just love seeing what other people’s schedules and curriculum look like. We’ve been doing “homeschool preschool” for almost a year now, and while I think it’s going well for the most part, I worry that I’ll fall short, mess up her education, or take opportunities away from her by keeping her out of kindergarten/public school. I guess I basically doubt my ability to give her what she deserves.

    What ultimately made you decide to homeschool? You seem to be so close with your daughters, and that’s something I’d like to foster too, beyond just their younger years. I think learning together would definitely help with that!

    • Oh my goodness Tara, yes! I can totally relate to the words you spoke. I live in a world where I am constantly hoping and praying the decisions we made are what is best for them and doubting that we are making the right choices and then I see things like testing scores, or hear her prayers and I know that we are.

      Ultimately for us it was what we felt God calling us to do. I had actually already enrolled Marissa in Kindergarten when God began to pull on my heart strings and suddenly that choice felt wrong. I look back and I am SO thankful we listened. Homeschooling is truly the best choice we could have made and such a great fit for our family.

  • You are such a great resource for homeschool moms! This is a great overview. I’m excited for you to teach two kids this coming year!

    • Thank you so much Elizabeth. I am excited too… I think.

  • I’m impressed by the Apologia Chemistry and Physics lessons you’ll be doing! I know you’ll do great with both girls and can’t wait to see how your year progresses.

    • IKR?! That sounds super impressive for sure. It’s really just an introduction for sure. It is the class that I am really the most nervous about. Probably because it is SO different than anything we have done before and Marissa loves science. Let’ hope it goes well.

  • Thank you so much for sharing the curriculum and your schedule. I’m always interested to see how other parents do it! Wishing you lots of luck this year with both girls. I’m certain it will be a great year!

    • You bet and thank you so much. I really hope it is a great year for us.

  • It sounds like you have a great plan for both girls. I think it’s important to do what works for you and them, especially since you are both Mom and Teacher.

    • Definitely. I hope my plans work out. I am always so nervous about things not going well :/.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    So many things I like about this.
    A) You do what works best for you and the girls.
    B) You start each day with prayer.
    C) You’re teaching cursive! I’ve heard a not -so-great rumor that schools are doing away with that. 🙁

    • Thank you so much friend. I really want to do what is best for my girls so praying is a must. Cursive, I can hardly even believe that. Oh the lost art of letter writing. I have even heard that the schools that haven’t done away with it have reduced it to just a few weeks. It makes me sick and ticked off. I’m sure they’ve replaced it with something “more important”.