I’ve been doing more research on online curriculums and decided not to do T4L just because I really wanted a stronger Science course. Also, I could see that Jared (my 8th grader) would probably get bored with T4L’s Science and Social Studies sections since, from what I read, it’s mainly just reading. I haven’t found any really good Social Studies online programs…maybe Alpha Omega’s Monarch? Still not sure. I mean, the boys are already signed up for a Session 1 class for Minecraft Homeschool. Jared’s going to be in the Castles and Cannons class, which supposedly covers “Ancient History,” so that could count towards Social Studies, right? Hayden’s signed up for Build Your Own Adventure, which is supposed to cover “Creative Writing/Videography/Public Speaking/Research”…so that’s more Language Arts. But he wants to do Castles and Cannons for Session 2. We’ll see.
For Math, we’re going to use Math-U-See. Even though Jared took Algebra for 7th grade, I showed him the sample Math-U-See Algebra lessons, which he didn’t recognize, so I got him the Pre-Algebra packet. I got Hayden the Delta package, but I’m thinking I should have started him at an earlier level even though he saw the online sample Gamma lessons and thought they were too easy. Initially, I was going to go with TeachingTextbooks for Math instead, but Jared didn’t like the teacher’s voice. heh.
I found this Homeschool Buyer Co-op site and decided to get the ScienceFusion program. I’ve read the complaints of the ScienceFusion site’s layout, but it seems like a solid curriculum, and I like the online/workbook combo.
I’ll probably also end up getting the Wordly Wise 3000 Online to use along with Vocabulary Spelling City. The kids used Spelling City when they were in school, and I always thought that was a good site. For Li’s Handwriting Without Tears, I ended up getting the following items: Blackboard with Double Lines, Letters and Numbers for Me workbook, Little Chalk Bits, Little Sponge Cubes, Pencils for Little Hands, Rock, Rap, Tap & Learn CD, Wide Notebook Paper (500 sheets). She already had done some writing in Pre-K, so she’s doing fine with HWT for now. She likes the CD and also that I let her draw pictures on the chalkboard after doing a lesson. No issues really with the workbook either. She’s also signed up for Starfall for more reading, phonics etc. I’ve always liked that site!
The Discovery Education Streaming Plus also looks good as a supplement for many subjects! I’m signed up with their Free Trial at the moment and was surprised at how much there is. I thought it was just going to be a collection of boring, old videos. 🙂
For Reading, Jared finished “A Christmas Carol” and is going to start on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which I don’t know much about except that it looks like a book he’d be interested in since he likes those Lemony Snickett ones. Hayden finished and loved A Wrinkle in Time – that was one of my favorites as a kid. I had no idea Disney made a movie on it, so we watched it after he finished the book. I could tell there was a lot of green screening used in the movie. 🙂 He’s also started reading The Lemonade War. And as I mentioned in my previous post, Li is doing a lot of reading of children’s books.
I’ve also found a ton of sites to use for FREE for Foreign Language, Music, and just educational games for supplement. These are the links I’ve looked at:
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (ton of stuff here!)
Lesson Pathways (lots here, too!)
So now, I’m working on Lesson Plans etc, but I’d prefer to use an online planner just because if I wrote it in an actual planner, I could see myself rewriting and crossing out things, which would be a mess. I looked at a few and settled on Mardel’s online one. It’s ok. But if anyone has other favorites, please let me know.