A Simple Guide to Empowered Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschool Curriculum

The two questions we’re always asked about LIFEschool are…

What curriculum do you use?

What is your set up?

These of course are right after the most important ones of How do you do it? and Don’t your kids miss the social interaction?

So let me just briefly respond to those… we made the decision before we even had kids that if/when we did they would be homeschooled and so they have been since they were born… and no they don’t miss out on any social interaction, they are involved in anything they choose and they have terrific true friends all around the world from our travel life.

As for the set up…

Up until just this year we’ve always had a dedicated classroom for LIFEschool where we all worked together. And it was always fun of course, but it didn’t allow for any quiet space for each of them to do their work seperately when needed. And as they are getting older, they are developing their own unique work styles that having their desks in their own rooms seems to be more accommodating.

As for the curriculum…

When we started LIFEschool with Jivani in 1st grade we used the curriculum from Oak Meadow School http://www.oakmeadow.com. After that and up to this year we haven’t followed a specific plan or curriculum.

Well this year we are shaking it up!

In addition to the LIFEschool learning they experience everyday…

Jivani and Jamaili are attending a Charter Homeschool 2 days per week.

And we are working with a few different curriculums along with the eclectic mix of fun things we love to explore.

Check out the video to see all the unique materials that we are diving into this year. Cool + Interesting + Fun are the buzz words. Okay so it’s probably time to add in the exercise of learning one new word everyday to increase our (my) vocabulary. LOL!

I wanted to keep it short and quick {no fancy stuff in this one}, so if you want more details about any specific materials I have included the links for all of them. You may also ask me questions in the comments at the bottom of this post.

And below is the detailed list of the materials with links for more information and purchase. 

Jivani Curriculum

Jivani – 6th Grade

Mathematics – Pre Algebra

Life of Fred http://lifeoffredmath.com

Life of Fred: Fractions

Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents

Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology

Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math: 24 Death-Defying Challenges for Young Mathematicians by Sean Connolly http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/0761163743

 

Science

Singapore Science http://www.singaporemath.com/Science_s/2.htm

Interactive Science for Inquiring Minds Textbook A

Interactive Science for Inquiring Minds Workbook A

Interactive Science for Inquiring Minds Practical A

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists by Sean Connolly http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/0761156879

English Language Arts

Finish This Book by Keri Smith http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/0399536892

Jamaili Curriculum

Jamaili – 3rd Grade

Mathematics – Elementary

Life of Fred http://lifeoffredmath.com

Life of Fred: Cats

Life of Fred: Dogs

Life of Fred: Edgewood

Life of Fred: Farming

Life of Fred: Ice Cream

Science

Singapore Science http://www.singaporemath.com/Science_s/2.htm

MPH Science Textbook P3/4 – Diversity (2E)

MPH Science Activity Book P3/4 – Diversity (2E)

MPH Science Textbook P3/4 – Cycles (2E)

MPH Science Activity Book P3/4 – Cycles (2E)

English Language Arts

The Happy Book by Rachel Kempster, Meg Leder http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/1402226527

 

And these materials they both use.

Geography

Trail Guide To World Geography by Cindy Wiggers http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/1931397155

Social Studies

If You Lived With the Cherokee by Peter Roop http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/059095606X

Nature 

My Nature Book A Journal and Activity Book for Kids by Linda Kranz http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/B008TGHPUU

My Nature Journal: A Personal Nature Guide for Young People
By Adrienne Olmstead http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/0967245915

Nature Log Kids: A Kid’s Journal to Record Their Nature Experiences
By DeAnna Brandt http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/1885061544

Miscellaneous

THIS . . . OR THAT? ACTIVITY BOOK http://www.knockknockstuff.com/catalog/categories/books-other-words/books/this-or-that-activity-book/

How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum By Keri Smith http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/0399534601

I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded By Kate Pocrass http://astore.amazon.com/kalyan0e-20/detail/0811877701

And last but not least… Enrichment classes include: Performance Literacy, Circle Time, Outdoor Education and Team Building, Rockigami, French, Inspired Art and PE.

And of course if we add more during the year I will share with you in other posts.

You can also find out how the kiddos “PLUG IN” to life each morning with their Masterful Way to Start the Day.

Enjoy!

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Life is your school, Kalyani

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