Our 2018 – 2019 Homeschool Curriculum

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It is so hard for me to believe that we’re ready for the start of a new school year, but here it is. Monday was the first day of school for my Emma and Laura, who is still in public school, has her first day today. It really does seem as if the summer has just flown by. Up until around two weeks ago, we actually expected Emma to go back to public school, but when that wasn’t an option this year, it left me scrambling to plan my homeschool curriculum quickly.

Our 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum - Homeschooling can be hard if you don't know which homeschool curriculum you're using. Take a peek into our upcoming homeschool year and the curriculum we're using!

It should be said that we are eclectic homeschoolers which if you’re new to homeschooling, means we don’t use a specific curriculum. In fact, we bounce around with whatever curriculum options I feel is best for her. Finding a curriculum you like can be hard so if you are new, check out the post How to Start Homeschooling Your Kids right HERE. It has some great tips for how to choose the right homeschool curriculum.

Our 2018 – 2019 Homeschool Curriculum Sneak Peek

Homeschooling can also be expensive, but I’ve learned how to homeschool on a budget. I’ve even picked up ways to homeschool for free over the years so if you’re new to it, be sure to check out those two posts HERE and HERE. You’ll probably also want to check out THESE 45 places to buy cheap or FREE homeschool curriculum and our HUGE list of FREE homeschool curriculum found HERE.

With all of that being said, our 2018 – 2019 homeschool curriculum options are kind of all over the place. We are secular homeschoolers but for math and language arts, she will be using a Christian curriculum. I’ll explain why as we go through the options we’re using.

Core Subjects – 

ACE Math – When I’m looking at which homeschool curriculum options Emma will use, I have to take into account that she has trouble with math which means she’s technically behind her grade level of 8th grade. Because of this and the fact that she has to have something that provides repetition and allows her to learn slowly. ACE (or Accelerated Christian Education) Math allows her to do that. We’ve used ACE for three years off and on now and this year will be sticking with it as I believe it will allow her to get caught up to grade level quickly so she can go back to public school for her freshman year.

I don’t buy ACE from the manufacturer. Instead, I buy our ACE PACES from ChristianBook.com since it allows me to save money on each subject and to get better (and quicker) shipping rates. You can check them out HERE.

ACE Language Arts – Another subject that we use ACE for is Language Arts. She is above grade level with language arts and using ACE allows her to work ahead but at a speed that she’s comfortable at. Again, I buy these from ChristianBook.com because I get a better price and better shipping rates. Plus, their customer service is amazing. Check out ACE Language Arts HERE. 

Worldview Software – For Emma’s American History 1 class, we’re using Worldview Software this year. I was a bit skeptical when I first bought a yearly pass for it as I had never heard anything about them. I am extremely impressed with how in-depth the units are and am hoping she is able to get through the first class this year so she can begin the second one.

I purchased our yearly license through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op HERE at a discount. Even though it said I would have account access in 3 days, I had it in less than 3 hours.

Mr. Q’s Advanced Life Science – If you’ve never heard of Mr. Q, you’re missing out on fantastic homeschool science curriculum. Mr. Q is/was an 8th grade science teacher who created his own homeschool curriculum. Each subject is only $50 and he even offers his elementary life science curriculum totally free right HERE

Spectrum 8th grade science – Mr. Q’s stuff is great, but I like to supplement almost any curriculum we use. Because of this, she will also be doing 2-3 worksheets a day out of THIS Spectrum 8th grade science workbook. Each lesson is on a different topic and includes a worksheet to complete. It also offers chapter reviews and tests for those that are interested. You can check it out HERE.

Texas History – Because we live in Texas, Texas History is required. Usually this is done in the 7th grade, but since we had so much going on last year, we missed it. This year, she will be taking the course through Monarch of Alpha Omega Publications. We both like how it is online and from what I’ve seen so far, it’s an incredibly in depth course. I will supplement it with field trips to historic Texas locations  – I save on these with Groupon – and with books on her reading list. You can check out Monarch State History courses HERE.

Keep reading for our electives and reading list!


Our 2018-2019 homeschool curriculum - Homeschooling can be hard if you don't know which homeschool curriculum you're using. Take a peek into our upcoming homeschool year and the curriculum we're using!

Electives – 

Dave Ramsey Foundations of Personal Finance for Middle School I want both of my girls to have a strong foundation in learning how to manage their money so both girls – even though Laura is public schooled – will be going through Dave Ramsey’s Foundations of Personal Finance this year. I bought it HERE from Homeschool Buyers Co-Op for significantly less than I could get anywhere else.

Online Piano Lessons – Emma has always been musically talented and when I picked up THIS electronic keyboard for a steal at one of my local thrift stores, she asked to take piano lessons. Actually within 12 hours, she had already taught herself a fairly complicated song simply by watching Youtube videos but actual lessons are important. To get her started, I popped over to Groupon and found a voucher for online pinao lessons for only $10.00. This will allow her to learn to read music without feeling any pressure but will also allow me to make sure she is going to stick with it before I spend bigger bucks on in-person lessons.

Of course, she also has many, many books that are on her homeschool reading list this year. Emma reads very quickly so even though her list may seem large, she will have absolutely no problem making it through it. You can check out the books on her reading list – as well as direct links to most of the products I’ve talked about above. The images may take a minute to load since there are so many. If you are interested in checking any of them out, simply click the links above or click on an image. If you’d rather view them directly on Amazon, you can do that HERE.

For some books,t here is a movie that goes a long with it.In this case, I let her have a movie day and we watch the movie once she is done reading the book. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for 30-day of FREE Amazon Prime right HERE. This will let you watch most of the movies FREE with Prime video plus get FREE 2-day shipping on almost anything you orde from Amazon.


 Geography Warm-Ups, Grades 5 – 8 Discovering the World of Geography, Grades 6-7 Discovering the World of Geography, Grades 7-8 Spectrum Geography, Grade 5: United States of America Collins World Atlas: Paperback Edition You Decide! Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases, Grades 6-12+ You Decide!: Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases: Grades 6-12+ (Teacher’s Instruction/Answer Guide) Spectrum Science, Grade 8 Spectrum Writing, Grade 8 Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl A Line in the Sand : The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas, 1836 Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847 Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow Dear America: Cannons at Dawn A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware 1861 (Dear America Series) When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (Dear America Series) Dear America: A Picture of Freedom Dear America: A Journey to the New World The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle The Keeping Room (Novel) The Fighting Ground My Brother Sam Is Dead (Scholastic Gold) The Hiding Place Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 The Sign of the Beaver Amos Fortune, Free Man (Newbery Library, Puffin) The Witch of Blackbird Pond A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) The Giver (Giver Quartet) Across Five Aprils They Call Him Skinner Hatchet Tuck Everlasting Tuck Everlasting A Guide for Using The Giver in the Classroom (Literature Units) A Guide for Using Tuck Everlasting in the Classroom (Literature Units) A Guide for Using Island of the Blue Dolphins in the Classroom (Literature Unit) Island of the Blue Dolphins Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps The Outsiders The Outsiders The Wizard of Oz The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Dover Children’s Evergreen Classics) The Golden Goblet (Newbery Library, Puffin) A Guide for Using The Golden Goblet in the Classroom (Literature Units) Swiss Family Robinson The Swiss Family Robinson (Puffin Classics) Myths of the Norsemen (Puffin Classics) Tales of Ancient Egypt (Puffin Classics) Tales of the Greek Heroes (Puffin Classics) The Tale of Troy (Puffin Classics) Fever 1793 The Red Badge of Courage (Dover Thrift Editions) The Secret Garden (1993) The Secret Garden (HarperClassics) Where The Red Fern Grows Where the Red Fern Grows Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Little Women Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne’s House of … Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside Anne of Green Gables [Blu-ray] Foundations in Personal Finance High School Edition for Homeschool (2014 Edition) Monarch State History Electives ACE Math ACE English



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