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Our Homeschool Curriculum – What We Use

This is a 2 part series on what we use for our homeschool curriculum on the homestead. This is one of the most asked questions from viewers when we are asked about our homeschooling activities. So we felt a video was needed. You will see very quickly that we do not use a single or boxed curriculum. Jaimie sources and puts together her own studies for the year and tailors the material specifically for our own interest. This can seem like a lot of work and it is. But it’s something Jaimie really enjoys and by doing so, we can find different resources that are best consumed by our children. I mean, lets face it, some materials just don’t work well with certain students as every young person is different.

So the first video is Jaimie takes you though the different study topics and gives an overview of the materials we are using.

The second video is for those wanting help on getting started if they want to also piece together their own curriculum. Also we address where to find materials and how to save on cost.


Below is the video timeline break down for each subject she discusses.

1:13 – Enrichment Studies

5:05 – Math (6 year old only)
5:40 – Reading (6 year old only)

6:05 – Language Arts
7:54 – Math
8:30 – History
10:42 – Geography
12:47 – Science

So this is what we are using for our 2019 homeschool program. Next year will be different as our interest changes and we find new and exciting sources for learning.

Curriculum Resources mentioned in the video:

Spelling Wisdom Book 1 from Simply Charlotte Mason

Math 5 (version 3.0) from Teaching Textbooks

Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable from Classical Academic Press

God’s Design “Properties of Matter” from Answers in Genesis

God’s Design “Properties of Atoms and Molecules” from Answers in Genesis

Visits to Asia from Simply Charlotte Mason

Visits to the Middle East from Simply Charlotte Mason

Picture Study Portfolio: Winslow Homer from Simply Charlotte Mason

Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and Epistles from Simply Charlotte Mason

Typing Instructor

Speaking French with Miss Mason and Francois from Cherrydale Press

Singing the Great Hymns from Simply Charlotte Mason

All About Reading Level 1 readers from All About Learning Press

Letters and Numbers for Me from Learning without Tears

Math Made Easy: Grade 1 from DK


So for those of you still watching, the question becomes; Where can I find all those materials and learn to piece them together myself? And what is the cost and ways to save money?

Jaimie goes over a number of ways she learned to put together her yearly homeschool curriculum and some ways to find your materials and save money.

Favorite places to buy books:

Favorite homeschool inspiration:

Five Flavors of Homeschooling helps pinpoint your own homeschooling style.

Sarah Mackenzie’s “How We Homeschool” series shows how she puts everything together!

Read Aloud Revival podcast

Read-Aloud Revival Podcast Episodes

Mystie Winckler’s blog Simply Convivial

Rea Berg’s (Beautiful Feet Books) Interview with Sarah Mackenzie can’t be missed!

RAR #31: Reading Aloud for History, Rea Berg

Favorite sources for booklists:

Simply Charlotte Mason

Beautiful Feet Books

Living Books Library

Sabbath Mood Homeschool (living science books)

Read Aloud Revival

About Zachary Bauer

Zachary lives with his wife, two sons and his wife's parents on An American Homestead deep in the mountains of the American Ozarks. They all moved there together in July of 2013 where they began to build the homestead. They are off-grid with the exception of a phone line.

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