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Good evening! I’m back with another post for you. This time, I’ll be sharing with you the homeschool curriculum that I have chosen as our main curriculum. But first, a little background.
I first started researching homeschool curriculum when I was pregnant with The Boy (my oldest). This may sound like I went a bit overboard and started much too early, but I truly enjoy comparing the options, figuring out longterm costs, planning, organizing, and pretty much anything homeschool-related.
Prior to having children, Hubby and I had discussed that I’d like to homeschool our own kids. Hubby was open to discussing the option, but had reservations about homeschooling, especially when it came to homeschooling much farther past the elementary years.
Disclaimer: I have not received any compensations for writing this post. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
Good evening! Tonight I’d like to share with you the website I use to plan my daily lessons, schedule my school days for the year — including breaks — and keep track of grades — though at The Boy’s current age, I’m really only using this for myself to see which areas need extra practice and to be able to easily track progress within each subject.
There are a plethora of planning materials and options available out there, but the one I have landed on so far (and will likely continue using for a while) is Homeschool Skedtrack. I have used Homeschool Skedtrack to plan all of our preschool activities for this year, as well as to define specific times when I want to take breaks (because if I didn’t, The Boy would ask me every day if we could have school).
I first discovered Easy Peasy a few years ago when I was looking for free and low-cost homeschool curriculum options. I was and am thoroughly impressed with the amount and quality of material available on this site, all completely FREE.
Easy Peasy contains complete, 180-day lesson plans for all of the core subjects and a few options for elective subjects as well. There is material available for students in PreK to Grade 12.
As I mentioned earlier, the quality of material for each subject is high. The woman who created the site is a homeschooling mom, and she desires to make high-quality homeschool curriculum available to anyone. Homeschool laws vary drastically from state to state; some states have very strict requirements for homeschoolers, while others are very relaxed in what they require of their homeschooling families. Easy Peasy’s creator is a homeschooling mom in Pennsylvania — a state which has some of the strictest in terms of which subjects need to be taught, the number of hours/days that need to be in a school year, and information that must be reported to the state.
At the age of 2 1/2, The Boy knew all the letters in the alphabet, could count to 10, and knew a few shapes and colors, so I encouraged his learning with short, fun “Tot School” activities.
In the 2 years since I first started “homeschooling”, I have watched him flourish. Now at 4 1/2, The Boy is reading at a Kindergarten level; does simple addition and subtraction; counts to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s; can talk anyone’s ear off; and shows great imagination in storytelling. Continue reading