If you were going to put together a set of curriculum

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  1. Robin

    Robin Jesus Follower

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    recommendations for parents new to homeschooling (mostly K, 1, 2nd graders) what would you recommend?

    For some reason I have had several people who are planning to homeschool ask me about curriculum. I know what I use and love but we are eclectic and I am comfortable putting together my own curriculum choices. So if you were going to put together some standard links for curriculum and resources what would you recommend?

    Language Arts?

    Math?

    Science (think early elementary ages)?

    Social studies/history/geography?

    What about general homeschool parent reading?
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    Chels~ Moment by Moment

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    If I were to do it again, I would use McRuffy in the lower grades. Quick, easy and no work for the teacher.

    mcruffy.com

    Other Curriculum that worked for me:
    Explode the code
    phonics pathways
    Bob Jones Math worktexts
    dance mat typing (free and online)
    handwriting without tears
    Beautiful Feet early American history (minus one or two books that I didn't care for)
    starfall.com
    Bob books


    I really liked Karen Andreola's "The Charlotte mason companion" book and her other book "Pocketful of pinecones" for inspiration.


    I like SOTW and Apologia, but my kids did better with these when they were older.

    If I think of some more I will edit them in.
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    I hope this is of some help. This is what we currently do for our elementary children.

    Language Arts: Scott Foresman & Sequential Spelling

    Math: MEP

    Science: Apologia

    Social studies/history/geography: Mystery of History Vol. 1

    What about general homeschool parent reading? We use and LOVE Hooked on Phonics. We're completing the first kit from K-2nd and will move onto the Master Reader kit they have. Also we do alot of chapter book reading to the kids, such as Charlottes Web, Stuart Little and such books.

    We also use: Galloping the Globe, Handwriting without tears and lots and lots of hands on learning too. We use to stick to the books strictly but now enjoy supplementing with life skills and hands on activities as well.
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    3boysnagrl Amity's Focus Member

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    Oooo, this is fun. :lol:

    Language Arts:
    Ordinary Parents Guide (phonics)
    Handwriting Without Tears (handwriting)
    An I Can Read It books (reading book list - by levels)
    First Language Lessons (1st and 2nd grades)

    Math:
    Math U See

    Science:
    Real Science 4 Kids OR
    Apologia

    History:
    Story of the World
    w/activity book
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    teathymes mama pajama

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    Five in a Row, abeka reading and not sure on math. I am a BIG fan of Five in a Row for the early years of schooling.
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    Heather, my list is almost identical to yours :)
    I also really like the K12 readers for the younger grades.
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    beanandpumpkin Homeschooling WAHM

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    Language Arts?

    Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
    Spectrum Little Critter workbooks
    BOB Books
    Sequential Spelling (grades 2+)

    Math?

    Miquon

    Science (think early elementary ages)?
    Social studies/history/geography?

    No real suggestions... we are almost completely interest-led in these areas. Reading historical novels/books and watching science documentaries on Discovery Channal have sparked all sorts of interest.

    What about general homeschool parent reading?

    Rebecca Rupp's Year by Year Learning (or something like that)
    The Unschooling Handbook
    Homeschool: A Patchwork of Days and Homeschool: Open House
    Charlotte Mason Companion
    Anything by Raymond Moore
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