Our Curriculum 2013-2014

I’ve been getting several emails wondering what our 2013-2014 homeschool curriculum choices are! And even though I feel like our summer just started, I guess it’s about that time again!

As usual during our summer break I’ve been planning like crazy, and trying to get everything in order.

AND…I am trying one new thing this year thanks to my English forum, so thank you all for participating, I hope it helped you out as much as it did me!



So without further ado, here is our curriculum line up for the 2013-2014 school year!



Teeny Tot: Preschool letter of the Week with some K4 Kindergarten mixed in. I don’t want to do full Kindergarten with her just yet. She’s , so I’m going to slowly mix in K4 items as she’s ready.



Tinkerbell (2nd Grade)




Turbo (4th grade) & Strawberry Shortcake (5th Grade)


So that’s it! Our 2013-2014 curriculum lineup!

P.S. We’re in the process of moving, so we’ve actually started school a bit early this year so we can take a couple weeks off here shortly to move. I’ll keep you all posted on our new school area, and moving adventures!

What to see what others are doing? Make sure to hop over to iHomeschool Network to see what other homeschoolers are using for 2013-2014!




Need more ideas? Check out the awesome curriculum available on my website!

Letter of the Week:



K4 Kindergarten Curriculum:



Road Trip USA & Road Trip USA Animals!



Expedition Earth World Geography & Animals of the World:



World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 & Vol. 2


World’s Greatest Composers Vol 1


Classic Literature Unit Studies


Scientists & Inventors Unit Studies:



  1. Cula Parker says:

    We love Wordly Wise! Our homeschool charter has it in their curriculum catalog available to order. Both of my kids love it!

  2. Looks like you’ll have an exciting year of learning ahead! Have a great move!

  3. Did you buy the teacher resource package with your Wordly Wise books?? Or are you just using the student books?

  4. I will start homeschooling my son (Kindergarten) in a few weeks. Glad I found your site to help with ideas and advice! I selected Sonlight to begin our homeschool adventure, seemed like a great place to start.

  5. I always love looking at your choices. Your curriculum posts have been a great help and direction for me in my last few years of homeschooling. We are also using Math U See alpha for our 2nd grader this year.

  6. Thanks for posting this. I have been looking for art and music curricula, and the ones you are using interested me very much. I have a second-grader and a Kindergartner, this year. Thanks for all you do. Love your site.

  7. I wanted to ask your opinion on the Typing Instructor software. Do you have a reason for going with the software over the online program? And are you happy with it? Some of the reviews stated kids found it too hard and\or complicated… I have 7 year old VERY beginner typer. Your thoughts are appreciated! Thanks!

    • We really like it. I don’t have a reason for picking the CD over the online program though, I just bought it cheap used. So far I don’t think it’s very confusing, my kiddos seem to do pretty well with it. They play games and stuff here and there. It can be a little weird navigating the “island” of adventures, but otherwise it works well in my opinion.

  8. Looks like a great line-up! And it’s so nice to be able to be flexible with homeschooling so you can take some time off for the move.
    I have a curriculum link-up at my blog if you’d like to link this post there!


  9. Thank you sooo much Erica! First let me say that you are by far my favorite homeschooling stie to navigate!!!!! Okay now that I have that out of the way. It is nice to see that you mix up curriculum. This is my first year diving into homeschooling and My head is swimming. I have a 5 year old and a 3 year old starting this year. I also have a 1 year old (on Friday!!) and he will have some “toddler activities” I kinda feel like this is the perfect time to get started with my boys (all three are boys) so that I can get comfy with homeschooling in the preschool/ Kindergarten phase. I also like how simple the preschool is! I am so buying the letter of the week for my 3 -year old. And I will have him hanging out for the Kindergarten lessons too. My only question is what did you do for Kindergarten? Is that a link for that? I am looking into A Beka and All about Reading/ Spelling for my son.

    Thanks again!!!!

  10. Erica, thanks for the piano suggestion! I have been looking for a teach yourself piano book, and this looks like it will be perfect for both kids!

  11. Looks great, Erica! I would love to see how you schedule those 4th and 5th grade subjects. I am having a hard time with that part. Also, fyi, I found free piano lessons at that we plan to do this year.

    For 2nd grade, we are doing praise and worship on youtube, Bible reading, your character studies and lessons, finishing MUS Delta from last year, reading living books for history, Apologia Botany, and I am so stuck on LA and spelling. I have R&S English, Grammar-Land, lots of copywork, Spelling Power, and many other spelling items. I think my problem is too many choices. He has also asked to learn cursive this year. (After hs’ing 18 years, I seem to have collected quite a bit.)

    We are planning to do free typing from BBC, free piano (above), and I am thinking of lining up “Laptop Fridays” where we take advantage of all the amazing stuff available online. Science videos, geography games, etc. doing basic subjects M – Th and all the extras on Friday.

    We also have a poem of the week, a Scripture of the week, a habit of the week and a memory list of the month. Last year he learned the books of the Bible, several poems and Scriptures, and almost had the states and capitals perfected at the end of the year. It probably won’t take long to finish those at the beginning of this year.

  12. Calandra says:

    I like your choices for your curriculum! This is my first year homeschooling, my kids are Pre-K, 1st, and 2nd. They are wanting to add more and more to their list of things to learn, but I don’t know how I will fit it all in our daily schedule. I noticed that you have a full schedule for each one of your children, how do you schedule each one of their subjects. I’m pretty sure you divide them on certain days, but just wanted your ideas. Also, I still have to sit and explain quite a bit to them at times, they are not totally independent when it come to understanding their assignments.

  13. I noticed that you changed somethings this year from last and I a wondering why. I was planning on purchasing BJU Press English/Grammar/ Reading, but I noticed that you are switching to Rod & Staff this year. You are also switching from A Reason for Handwriting to BJU Press Handwriting. I am wondering why you are changing out these curricula. I am adding BJU English and A Reason for Handwriting into our curricula choices this year and am wondering if there is something else that I should be considering.

    • Sidney, I have used BJU for year and year. I think I used them when I was home schooled! I get tests and ak from a company called christian liberty press who publishes their own cheaper version. You should check out their site, an answer key goes for like 6.00!

  14. Jennifer creekmore says:

    I switched to rod and staff language this year too!

  15. Leah Brecht says:

    Are you using Math U See Alpha or Beta for your 2nd grader? I ask because we are new to Math U See this year and I bought Alpha for my 1st grader and Beta for my 2nd grader. I homeschool 36 weeks out of the year and plan to review Alpha with my 2nd grader for the first 6 weeks (to get her familiar with the program) and then start Beta for the last 30 weeks (bc that is how many lessons are in each program). Just wondered if maybe I should start her at the beginning of Alpha and work our way through that entire book first before moving her to Beta… Any advice? She used Horizon math last year for first grade.

    • If she did Horizon’s last year, she should be fine to review through Alpha a bit, then move right into Beta.

  16. I just sort of finalized our curriculum list. Now I guess I just need to put it on my blog. Hopefully I’ll start using it to record what we’re doing (we live in Texas and I don’t have to keep records but it would be nice to remember for our baby since the girls are 5 years apart).

    Our line up is:
    Phonics/Reading: Horizons P&R Grade 1
    Spelling: All About Spelling (still undecided actually)
    Handwriting: Rod & Staff Penmanship Grade 1
    Math: Horizons Grade 1
    History: Story Of The World Vol 1 Ancient Times
    Science: Apologia Zoology 1 (we may hold off on this)
    Bible: AWANA (at church)
    Music: Piano (undecided on books, but we have to buy a piano first and praying we get one ASAP!)
    Children’s Choir (at church)
    Art: Drawing With Children (and your artist curriculum!)
    P.E.: whatever 🙂 .. possibly T-Ball (at church)

    Can’t wait to get started but I still have to finish other stuff too!
    Best of luck and blessings to all!

  17. Great Erica! Thank you so much. Just like others have posted, I was wondering if your daily time schedule has changed at all. I have a 2nd, K and PreK student and knowing what kind of schedule others follow for those ages would be great! Thanks!

  18. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m just curious. . . Is there a reason you’ve chosen not to go with All About Reading for any of your kids this year? I think I remember you using level pre-1 and it sounded like you really liked it so I was wondering why you’ve decided not to continue with it? Thanks a bunch!

  19. We’re using Rod and Staff this year as well. I’ve read that the composition instruction in it is very good so I’m curious as to why you would add additional instruction. Is it lacking in some way that I need to address?

  20. My kids have used Wordly Wise through their charter school for the past several years. I’ve liked it for them, it keeps them engaged with the mini-lessons, and they do seem to retain some of those spelling/vocabulary words in their everyday vocab.

  21. How old is your youngest child? I’m trying to gauge if I should do Letter of the Week or K4.

  22. For the Lego mechanism set. Did you buy the additonal instruction set and lesson plan?

  23. Hi Erica, I was wondering how the Wordly Wise and Rod and Staff English was working for the kids and you this year. I am struggling to find something to help my son understand Grammar we have discovered that the curriculum that I have isn’t helping him grasp the concepts. I would be greatly appreciate any advise on this subject! Thank you!

  24. I love their signs. 🙂 Have a great school year.

  25. Hi All,
    I’m new to the site but wanted to offer a suggestion as many are undecided on a choice for Grammar. We started using Shurley English last year and I’m amazed at the progress of my kids! It was very easy, painless–even fun, actually, and to the point. It excels at teaching a student to use question and answer flows to dissect a sentence and label the parts, and also covers vocabulary, punctuation, tenses, irregulars, dictionary skills, alphabetizing, editing, and writing (outlining, revising, persuasive, descriptive and expository paragraphs, essays, autobiographies, various types of letters, journals. It may be worth a look! Blessings to you all 🙂

  26. Kristyn Porter says:

    I have a second grader too, and we are currently not doing a formal writing/composition curriculum. Do you do one with your second grader? I did not see one listed. I am torn between starting one this early or just waiting a couple of grades.

  27. Hey Erica!

    Question on the LEGO Robotics Simple Mechanisms….
    How did you order that? I know..could be a no brainer…
    Is it as simple as clicking on your link that takes you straight to order the Simple M pack? Is that it? Cos the video they have next to it is AWESOME. I just want what they have…how do I make sure I get
    Is that what you use too?

    Very Random…I know, sorry..


  28. Hi Erica,
    I notice that you use some Abeka language books without doing the whole curriculum. Do you buy the teachers guides for them? If not how do you go about using the workbooks effectively?
    Thank you in advance 🙂

  29. melissa awde says:

    Hi – just a question. Noticed that you are doing ‘All about spelling’ and also doing the Abeka phonics and language. Does AAS not cover that?

  30. Julie Davis says:

    I am wondering how long you have used the WriteShop writing curriculum? Do you heartily recommend it? I am about to teach writing for our local co-op and wondered if this curriculum would be a good idea.



  31. KorinaNyree says:

    First, let me say “thank you” for all the wonderful ideas & suggestions you continue to post. I just bought your Pre-K curriculum and can’t I wait to get started. I was also thinking about purchasing the Grapevine traceable for my little one…I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to which unit to start with? Anything you’ve found to be easier for the little ones to understand? Or just jump right in anywhere?

  32. Hi Erica!
    I noticed you have used BJU Press for English/Grammar in the past and this year you switched to Rod & Staff. I’ve been researching them both and trying to decide between the two. I have a son who will be in third grade for the 2014/2015 school year. Since you’ve used them both, what are your likes and dislikes? Which one do you think you will continue with? Thanks!

  33. I am a first time homeschooler and I have a 6th grader and 4th grader. Do you teach both Turbo and Strawberry Shortcake the same curriculum? I feel like that might be a little easier for me. My kids are actually only 15 months apart and since my sons birthday landed a couple days after school registration he had to wait a whole year to start Kinder-so he would normally be a year behind my daughter. I am just going back and forth with that to do and feeling overwhelmed. Any advice will help me so much!!

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