Friday, August 15, 2008
Heart of the Matter Meme: Favorite Curriculum
This week's Heart of the Matter meme asks for favorite curriculum or books. That's just so easy for me that I feel as if I'm cheating. We've used Sonlight since the beginning and have done every core up to Core 100 (that's 10 cores). Basically, nearly every book we've read during the past 8 years from a Sonlight core is our new favorite! This is the perfect curriculum for us, as a family that loves great literature and flexibility. We aren't strict adherents to the Sonlight schedule, but I enjoy having everything laid out for me, even as a suggestion.
This coming year Jesse (10th/11th grade) will be doing Core 400 (Civics/Government). I skipped up a bit because we thought it would be appropriate to do Government during an election year. I'll continue doing an adaptation of Cores 3&4 (American History) with my younger two (grades 6 and 2). Here's how (and why) we adapted American History last year.
Other favorites: First Language Lessons for 1st and 2nd grade. Love it, love it, love it. Easy Grammar for 5th and up. My kids have all loved Explode the Code and A Reason for Writing.
We've discarded shockingly little over the years, I think largely because I've maintained the "if it ain't broke" stance. I'm always attracted by other programs—Winter Promise, Our Father's World, Beautiful Feet, Mystery of History, for example. While I'm sure those are all excellent programs quite similar in philosophy to Sonlight, I've been perfectly happy with Sonlight and have quelled my occasional urge to try something else that comes with reading homeschooling blogs. When I get that itch, we break away from our regular curriculum and do a unit study (a few we've done: Apples, Titanic, Australia).
And speaking of the new year, I should probably go clean up the shelves from last year!