2016-2017 Mid-year Curriculum Review

Hi friends! Every year I do a mid-year curriculum review just to assess our curriculum choices, make sure we’re on track, and that the curriculum is performing well for us. Mid-year is a great time to make any curriculum changes, start something new, and just freshen up your curriculum!




So far this year we’ve been really happy with everything we’ve selected, but we did change up one subject and I’m so happy we did! Find out what we changed, and how things are going for us this year in my 2016-2017 Mid-year Curriculum review!

Watch the 2016-2017 Mid-year Curriculum Review video here:

Click here for more information and links to the specific curriculum we’re using this year!

Options: We also participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that help supplement our homeschooling. It also provides the kids with a fun day where they get to see their friends and participate in a classroom environment. Here is a list of her classes this year:

  • PE
  • Language Arts – We of course do this at home as well, but I’m finding that it’s a nice supplement to what we’re doing.
  • Science – they get to do fun things like experiments, dissection, electronics, and more.
  • Spanish
  • Music – Choir and basic instruments
  • Game Theory & Problem Solving
  • Robotics
  • Cooking



This year Turbo and Miss Lady Bug are both playing ice hockey. And all four kiddos are swimming as well. Once spring hits we usually move over to golf, swimming, and inline hockey. So they stay quite active!


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I hope this helps some of you out, I know getting started can be overwhelming! I wrote a book called Homeschooling 101 that will help answer all of your questions on how to get started homeschooling, choosing curriculum, creating lesson plans, etc. For more information on homeschooling check out my Homeschooling 101: A guide to getting started!



  • Kelle February 21, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Hey Erica,
    Are you still liking Fix It Grammar? That was the one I was most interested in besides the IEW because I knew those were big changes. I was wondering what you and your kids thought?
    Thanks for everything!!

    • erica February 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Yes, we are continuing to use it, and we really like it!

      • Kelle February 22, 2017 at 12:00 am

        After your review of iew I finally got up the nerve and tried it out. I should have took a video of my 11 yr old son. He said he LOVES it and he finally understands it. For the first time EVER he is excited about writing! Thanks!

        • erica February 24, 2017 at 12:25 pm

          Yay! So glad it’s working for you!

  • Amanda February 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    How do you find out about options for homeschooling kids to visit and participate in public school activities?? Just wondering…..

    • erica February 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Contact your local school district to see if they have an options program available. Also, even if they do not have an options program, many do allow students to come in for specific classes or join sporting teams as well.

      • Sara March 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm

        If this is helpful to you:
        I called our nearby elementary school to get my son in an after school science club and at first they weren’t going to let him join. Their reasoning was they’ve “never had a homeschooled kid before and he’s not registered at the school” (I’m in Texas where you don’t have to declare your intent to homeschool). After working my way up the system, I gently pointed out that my tax dollars pay for those programs to be available in the first place and then they “bent” the rules for us. All that to say, if at first they say “no”, there is usually a way to get in if you can be “gentle as a dove and wise as a serpent!” =D

  • Jenny February 28, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Wondering if you could provide a link to The Rainbow Science Curriculum?

  • Heidi @ Heidinaturally March 14, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    It’s so important to look over what we’re using at mid-year and make sure it’s still working like we wanted it to! Thanks for posting this.

  • Sarah April 8, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Erica,
    Thank you for sharing your homeschool life with all of us! Does Math U See cover remainders with fractions in Delta or Espilsion? We are considering changing to this curriculum but I am worried it may not cover everything other curriculums cover. What are your thoughts?

    • erica April 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      Fractions with remainders are started in the Delta while doing division, and fractions adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing are covered in Epsilon.

  • Tracey April 19, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Hey Erica, I purchased the Homeschool 101 but I’m unable to print my planner and forms. I do not see anywhere under planners that it allows it.

    • Tracey April 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      My apologies! I’ve got them now. I had to do it on my Mac. Thank you and I’m getting ready to purchase curriculum :-). I love the planner and forms! Blessings.

      • erica April 20, 2017 at 10:30 am

        Oh good, glad you got it figured out 🙂

  • Samantha Lehmann May 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Homeschool Buyers Coop – Wordly Wise 3000 and Word Build vocabulary – one is Greek / Latin roots. The other is reading passages by grade level. Amazing! Worth every penny.

  • Julie Parker July 6, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Hi, I have looked at your Expedition Earth and Road trip U.S.A. numerous times. I have a soon to be 4th grader and 6th grader. Which one would you recommend me starting with? I’m afraid i’ve about waited too late for my 6th grader. 🙁
    Thank you,

    • erica July 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Julie,
      I usually recommend starting with Expedition Earth and then moving to Road Trip the following year. But you can really do whichever you prefer with the ages of your kiddos.

  • CM December 4, 2018 at 11:57 am

    What do you do for “Game Theory & Problem Solving”? That intrigued me & would like to incorporate something for my kiddos (an accelerated 1st grader & a 4th grader on the Spectrum, High functioning) Thank you!

    • erica December 7, 2018 at 10:51 am

      They did game theory at their options program and they did a variety of activities that worked on their logical reasoning skills.


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