2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

First of all, let me say that I LOVE planning out the new school year.  By Spring Break, I’m ready to be done with our current books and jump right in to next year.  Since that is not a good plan, I scratch that itch by starting my planning for the new year instead.  I usually order our new curriculum by Easter, and spend the next few months pulling together lesson plans and fun things to mix in with the books.  (I know, I’m weird.)


My organized mess
My organized mess

Now that summer is here, it’s time to kick the planning into high gear.  As you can see above, my planning makes for quite a mess of piles! Since I have a somewhat unpredictable work schedule, I like to plan as much of the year ahead of time as possible.  This allows me to only have to worry about making assignments and teaching each week.  I just find I don’t have the time I want during the school year to focus on long range planning.

I spent April and May reviewing the books I purchased to make sure that they were going to work, and I feel like I have the final list down.  Here is what I decided on: Note: some of these are affiliate links.  I will receive a small commission on purchases made through affiliate links.  

For my daughter (8th grade)

Science: Apologia Exploring Creation Through Physical Science  I also use this lab kit – it makes life so much easier!!

Math: Life of Fred Pre Algebra 1 & 2  The Life of Fred Series has totally changed our math experience.  LOVE THEM.

Grammar/Writing: Lightning Lit  I haven’t used curriculum from this publisher before, but I am very impressed with what I see!  I did not buy the individual chapter books.  Some I already own, and the rest our library has.

Logic: The Art of Argument  Last year she finished Fallacy Detective, so now we are moving on to more detailed study of fallacies.

Vocabulary: Vocabulary From Classical Roots A  She finished the last Spelling Workout last year, so this year we are concentrating on Latin and Greek roots for our English words.

Home Ec: We are using this series from Christian Education.  She begged me to find something like this just for fun, and she said she might start this over the summer.

For my son (6th grade)

Science: Apologia Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures  I also use the notebook journal and the lab kit for this one.

Math: Life of Fred Mineshaft, Percents, and Physics.  He finished the decimals book at the end of last year, and I wanted him to have a little review before diving into percents, so we are starting with Mineshaft for a few weeks.

Grammar: Abeka Language C

Writing: Wordsmith Apprentice  I really like the humorous and creative way this book approaches writing.

Logic: Logic Liftoff  Up until now we have been using the Mind Benders series for logic, and this year he will begin a more formal study.

Spelling: We will continue with Spelling Workout.

**Update: I’ve decided after more research to try IEW’s The Phonetic Zoo A instead. I think the science behind it is more what he needs than a visual way of learning. We’ll see!

Joint Subjects

We will also be doing several subjects together:

History: We are studying American History this year.  I am currently in the process of writing the plan for it now.  We will be using a combination of movies, original sources, and the History of US series to study our nation’s history.  I will be posting our lesson plans over the summer. I am using IEW’s US History Vol. 1 writing program along with this.

Geography: To go along with our history, we are studying US Geography.  I am again currently writing the plans for this.  It will be a mix of journal activities, map work, mission activities and food!

Latin: We are going to try Visual Latin this year, it looks really fun!

Bible Study: I am in love with these new books from Apologia.  We are going to do Who Am I and Who Is My Neighbor. Last year we did a study of each book of the Bible (who wrote it, why was it written, when, etc.) with Route 66, and this year I really wanted to focus on Biblical thinking and Godly character.  These books NAIL it.  I am also using the weekly verse from these books as a way for our whole family to memorize Scripture together.
What are you using this year?

This post is part of The Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up and Teach Them Diligently’s Curriculum Link Up.


  1. I like the idea of joint subjects. However, with my kids very different personalities it seems to work best to keep them separated if I want them to get any work done,lol!


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