I've been pretty settled on what we were going to use for several months now. I have tweaked it a bit here and there. But, for the most part I am still satisfied with what I have chosen. This tells me that my choices must be good ones for us because I haven't felt the urge to change them even when I read all the fun things other schools will be doing!
Here's a breakdown of what Dawson and Brynne will be studying this year. (Remember, Kyndal and Eli still go to public school.)
Dawson ~ 9th Grade
Language Arts: Easy Grammar Ultimate Series 9.
Science: Apologia Biology.
Math: Teaching Textbooks ~ Algebra I.
Social Studies: American History by using "America: The Story of Us" video series from The History Channel, www.history.com/america, America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty by The American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. and with Notebooking using Advanced World History Vol. 2 from Hold that Thought! You can see how I have built this curriculum by clicking here.
Literature: Every three weeks we will read a Living Book based on our history topic.
Writing: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Volume 1.
Art: The Usborne Art Treasury ~ study one artist per week on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays we will be participating in Sketch Tuesday. And on Thursdays our art will be incorporated with a nature study using Outdoor Hour Challenges from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study.
Personal Reading: 20 book requirement, all student's choice but with genre requirements. Go here to see what this looks like.
Typing: Good Typing.
Brynne ~ 2nd Grade
Language Arts: Easy Grammar Daily Grammar Teaching and Review for 2nd Grade.
Science: Interest-based (self built curriculum) starting with The Human Body and Health using primarily Living Books. Will also be doing some Amanda Bennett Download-n-Go Unit Studies (Autumn Treasures, Veteran's Day, Winter Wonders, Seashells, and Dogs)
Math: MEP (Mathematics Enhancement Programme) and Living Math.
Social Studies: Following Dawson's curriculum with self-built lessons using primarily Living Books and Notebooking using Beginning History from Hold that Thought!
Literature: Each week we will read several Living Books based on our history topic.
Writing: Copywork for Little Girls, pen pal letters, letters to grandma.
Art: The Usborne Art Treasury ~study one artist per week on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays we will be participating in Sketch Tuesday. And on Thursdays our art will be incorporated with a nature study using Outdoor Hour Challenge from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study.
Personal Reading: Classic stories and student's choice, 30 minutes each day.
Nature: We will follow lessons from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study.
PE/Music: At our homeschool Co-op twice a month, dance class at a private dance company, Co-op gymnastics once per month.
Head over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see what other curriculum is being used this year.