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Planning our homeschool year

Homeschool Planning

I am just getting everything together now for our new school year, which will start in September. We are going to have a 10th, 8th, 6th, and 2nd-grader. I can not get over the fact that I only have one elementary student left! (waaaah!) ūüėČ

I will be sharing as I plan, and I have actually begun using Facebook LIVE to show you what I am doing live and in person. You can see the first few videos below:

Here is what we have so far: (please note we study the Bible as a family every day and are reading through the entire Bible. You can read about that here.)

10th grade

We are¬†using Sonlight, somewhat ūüėČ I have the Instructor¬†Guide for Core 300 and will use it for Bible (some of it…we study Bible together, but some of the books I like added in) History, and Literature/Language Arts.

Math- Math U See Geometry

Apologia Chemistry

Spanish II- Duo Lingo

Fine Arts- Drama, Cello, Orchestra, Choir, Dance- all at our local homeschool fine arts program

SAT Prep- working through SAT Prep for the Christian Student

PE/Health- Basketball and other activity

Latin- unsure of the resource yet


8th Grade

History- I am making a list of books to read aloud that take place throughout different countries. I want to learn about various countries this year as I incorporate history and geography for the boys. We are also going to do Eat Your Way Around the World for fun.


Science- Apologia General Science

Math- Math U See Algebra

Computers- Graphic Design and Claymation at local homeschool program, PLUS this boy is already working on his own at home on various programs and actually interns for my husband’s business. He is a graphic design whiz! ūüėČ

Language Arts- Queen Publishing Language Lessons book… PLUS a book list for reading literature that I still need to make

Journal Writing every day


Language Lessons homeschool

6th Grade

History (same as above for 8th)

Science- Exploring Creation with Astronomy from Apologia

Language Lessons for Elementary  Student

Explode the Code 5

Explode the Code

Handwriting Without Tears Cursive for extra practice

Math U See Zeta (Decimals and Percents)

Journal Writing every day


2nd Grade

Explode the Code Book 3

Handwriting Without Tears

Language Lessons for Elementary Students

Reading LOTS of easy readers and hopefully progressing in levels this year

Journal writing every day

Math U See Beta

Exploring Creation with Astronomy

History/Geography with the boys (see above)


I will share my book lists when those are complete. That is really my next step in finaliazing all of these plans.

Share your plans below!

I would love to read about them and exchange ideas!

We also do lots of real life learning here on our little hobby farm. There’s chicken and duck care, coops that always need cleaning and fixing, gardens to tend, things to fix, etc.


**UPDATE: I have added the following book lists as of 8.17 but am still looking for more! I am also planning on adding 1 report/project for each child per semester.

8th Grader:

Chuck Black;s Kingdom Dawn Series

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Great Brain series

6th Grader:

From the Mixed-Up Files of  Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The Great Brain series

Farmer Boy


2nd Grader:

Easy Readers- we will take a trip to the library to pick out some favorites.

We will also be reading these together that we have loved with our olders:

Listen Buddy

The Little House

Katy and the Big Snow




Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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  1. Hello there. I have 3 school aged kiddos in K, 3rd and 5th and a 4 month old. My older kids went to public school a couple of years so this is my 1st time having an infant and schooling at home. I am a little overwhelmed by the thought. I love your FB and blogs. I enjoying hearing about other mamas in the trenches of this crazy but worth it lifestyle. This will be our last year using my father’s world. I have decided to move on to Notgrass next year.
    Our K kiddo will be doing basics this year. He is developmently behind. I am going to be doing 2 years of K with him. He will be doing thinking skills with Rod and staff workbooks, farmland math from Timberdoodle, handwriting with out tears, all about pre-reading, a long list of the classics for read alouds, Way Goes
    home for gym and health.
    3rd grader is doing the 1st cycle of MFW with his older brother. Plus Horizons for math, Rod and staff for English, All About reading and all about spelling, Way goes home w all th kids for gym and health.
    5th grader is doing MFW, Finishing horizons for math and going into teaching textbooks, all about reading and spelling, Rod and staff for English.
    We joined a co-op last year. The boys will be doing Apologia land animals and art and a few other fun things.
    I am in the planning period and hoping to start next week.
    Love reading everyone’s schedules!:)

  2. I too am excited to start another school year! We’ve got most things set and packed away in the closet to bring out fresh and crisp after Labor Day! Here’s what we have so far:

    Bible-I’m writing a multi-age curriculum to do as a family group
    Latin-Rosetta Stone
    Music-Piano Lessons
    Writing-still researching but we’ve done journaling this year

    We’ve just started to incorporate a morning basket for together time before we start the more formal individual school lessons. It includes whatever I decide for the day such as: read-a-louds, small game, art, lessons on manners/etiquette, music, etc. It has done wonders plus it has helped with bringing in my 3 and 1 year olds too.

    6th grade:
    Language Arts-A Beka
    Handwriting without Tears (cursive for more practice–his request!)
    Spelling-Spelling U See
    Math-Teaching Textbooks
    Science-Exploring Creation with Anatomy
    Social Studies-Story of the World

    2nd Grade:
    Language Arts-A Beka
    Handwriting Without Tears 2nd grade
    Spelling-Spelling U See
    Math-Masterbooks (it’ll be our first year & a switch from Horizon)
    Science-A Beka
    Social Studies-Road Trip USA (curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler)

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