Category Archives: Curriculum

Teaching Language Arts Without A Curriculum

There are a lot of curriculums out there that are all-inclusive; they’ll include every aspect of language arts in one curriculum.  At first glance this is appealing, but the all-inclusive curriculums don’t mesh well with me.  I typically find myself a bit overwhelmed with the information, and I end up not tackling any portion of it.  Over the years, I’ve leaned on Classical Conversations (CC) as the ground work for language arts, but language arts didn’t stop there for us.

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Language Arts In General

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Reading And Writing

When I first laid my hands on The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington, I read in the beginning that her child began with letter sounds at age three.  Although many of my children learn their letter sounds around that age, I still took that to mean you can begin teaching a child to read at age three.  Gasp!  My child, at age four, and almost five, wasn’t reading and writing; he must be behind!

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Teaching Reading Ordinarily

This is a continuation of homeschool curriculum series.  I’m sharing all about my experience over the past five years of using various homeschool curricula.  I hope this helps in your curriculum search.

I once had a friend tell me that teaching a child to read is the most difficult thing to teach a child.  Whether or not she’s right, it can definitely pose a big challenge.  We started homeschooling when my oldest was four, so I immediately began looking into reading curricula.  I was so overwhelmed by the amount of homeschool curricula, that I just turned my computer off, and called a few trusted friends.  🙂  What I ended up using was The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading by: Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington.

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Getting The Most From Saxon Math

I’ve been discussing curriculum over the past few weeks, and the conversation has mostly been about Saxon Math.  What I like, and don’t like has stirred some feedback, which I might add has been awesome!  What I want to share with you today has more to do with using Saxon Math in a way that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.  Well, strategies that have helped us, at least.  🙂

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My Personal Thoughts About Math In General

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Saxon Math: What I Don’t Like

This is a continuation of the homeschool curriculum series, in which I share with you my experiences with the curriculums we’ve used over the past five years.  My hope is that you will walk away with a better understanding of these curriculums, and further assisting you in your curriculum research.  Today I share with you what I don’t like about Saxon Math.

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Saxon Math: Why I Love It!

This is a series discussing our experience with homeschool curriculum from the past five years.  Today we’re discussing Saxon Math, and why I love it.  Check out last week’s post about Classical Conversations.

My experience with Saxon Math, & what I love about it! - Anchored In His Grace #homeschool #curriculum

Although we use Classical Conversations as the spine of our homeschool curriculum, we supplement with Saxon Math as our math curriculum.  There’s actually some debate among homeschooling moms whether or not your child actually needs a math curriculum in the early years, but I feel more confident with a curriculum.

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5 Years of Homeschool Curriculum: Classical Conversations

For the past five years, we’ve homeschooled our children, and I pretty much have used the same curriculum the entire time.  Therefore, I’d like to spend a few weeks sharing with you my experience with the homeschool curriculum we’ve been using.

 

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