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The single best curriculum you ever used

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I can't just list a "single best curriculum" but these are all in different subject areas:

 

Phonics Pathway

Math-U-See (for my ADHD DD)

Mystery of History

 

and my oldest DD, who hates anything to do with school, LOVES Analytical Grammar. So that gets a :thumbup: as well.

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The Learnables is fabulous this year. My 8yo and 13yo learning the same material at different paces. We will be using these regularly.

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Single best for different subjects

 

RightStart- teaches true understanding of Mathematics and requires real thinking not counting.

 

Phonics Road- Comprehensive with application of skills without being too slow.

 

HOD- open-and-go, gets done, my brain loves the boxes, I love the easy to do projects for application.

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Switching from BJU science to Apologia science.

 

Switching from BJU History and Literature to Sonlight.

 

It fundamentally changed the way my children learn. No more burn-out on dry textbooks! :D

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Calvert. We used it for Ani's kindergarten year in 2004 and then quit using it for a few reasons, mainly cost and my own pure phonics-only no sight words prejudice (that a dyslexic son completely cured me of). We went back to Calvert two years ago and it has been so wonderful for all my kids (and me!).

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Math-U-See was definitely my single best.

 

However, I have lots of "we also loved..."

Sonlight!

Miller Levine Biology

Lightning Lit (7th-8th)

Irasshai

One Year Adventure Novel

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Singapore Primary Math - we use US Edition

Noeo Chemistry 1

Sonlight Science K

Beast Academy has become a complete bell ringer!

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Bare in mind not all these were used by every one of my children, but when used they were enjoyed by the one using it and me.

Wordsmith Apprentice

All Apologia books

Calvert (LOVED!!!!, just too expensive. The only true open and go curriculum)

MFW Adventures

BJU Math and Phonics/Language/Reading K and 1st

Abeka Phonics

Kathryn Stout Design a Study guides

Mystery of History

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Singapore. I am sad my daughter is going to be in sixth grade next year. What will I do after that? :p

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First Language Lessons! We are doing volume three right now. I can't imagine trying to teach grammar any other way!

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Sonlight!!! It totally set the tone for our homeschool. I had ordered Abeka K for my writing and workbook HATING son. I'm so thankful we found Sonlight and sent the Abeka back. We used SL for 6 years. It was a perfect fit for my oldest. I adapted the Cores for my dd. It didn't fit my youngest at all so I sold off my Cores, but I still look back on SL with fondness.

 

TT Math allowed both my oldest to accelerate and still enjoy math and my middle to catch up and finally test on grade level. (It works for my youngest, too!)

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Dancing Bears - it got my severely dyslexic boy reading! :001_smile:

Apples & Pears spelling

 

Teaching Textbooks math

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I'm going with Rightstart A & B!

 

But next year when this question is asked I'm going to answer Handbook of Nature Study, because next year is my year to figure it out! :lol:

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CLE LA 1-8 (my 7th grade d didn't miss any multiple choice on Sat writing, Duke tip!!)

CLE Reading 4-8 (excellent literary analysis for younger grades)

CLE Math 1-7 (we will move on to algebra in 7th or 8th, very well prepared!!)

 

TQ history w/ WTM 4 year cycles

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CLECLE Reading 4-8 (excellent literary analysis for younger grades)

 

 

I'm not that excited about CLE Reading 1st grade. (I really like the math). We are jumping over to Memoria Press for reading next year. Maybe we should revisit CLE reading in the upper grammar years?

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Math Mammoth!

 

We used Right Start Math for K and 1st grade, and while I loved it, math just didn't always get done. Math Mammoth was a great substitute, as it continues to work on mental math and it ALWAYS gets done!!! Love it! :D

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I just switched over, but I have to say I love Oak Meadow. So gently paced, yet what they cover is done well. I thought doing 3 different syllabus would be hard but I am finally at ease and do not spend hours gathering supplies and books and writing out the plan for the week.

I also use PR. I love the way she does the phonics rules. The songs really help the kids spell a new word when they are stuck! I have learned so much as well!

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I'm a new homeschooler and we're only just finishing level 1 but I love, love, love Phonics Road and plan to use all 4 levels with my DD. We've discovered through testing that she is moderately dyslexic and I doubt we would have had a successful L/A year without PR. I need the teacher-training and she needs that style of reading and spelling instruction.

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Like so many others, I can't pick just one. Sorry!

 

 

 

  • TWTM changed our lives forever. Thank you SWB and JW!
  • WWS has boosted dd's writing far beyond my expectation...and she loves it too! Again, thank you SWB!
  • TOG has brought history alive for us. What a rich experience!
  • Saxon math with DIVE (and dh for a tutor) has totally ransformed dd's math comprehension, helping her become a very different math student with confidence and success.
  • Apologia science courses have opened our eyes to the wonder of God's creation.

 

Hs'ing has been a wonderful adventure in our lives.

 

 

Blessings,

Lucinda

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There have been lots of good programs in each season of our homeschooling but the best would have to be:

 

AAS for my dyslexic kiddo

 

BJU Math (if you follow the TM, it cannot be beat)

 

Bju math is amazing!! My dd HATED math last year. Now she gets. It and likes math. The characters make it fun too!

 

Aas has been great for her too. She has speech issues that made spelling terrible with traditional programs. Hoping we will be ok with spelling power next year, more cost effective but if it doesnt we will go back to aas.

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What do you think was the single best curriculum purchase you ever made and why?

 

RightStart Math. Levels A and B were the single best homeschooling investment I've ever made. It gave my daughter a wonderful foundation of mathematical thinking. It was easy to teach and fun for both of us.

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I'm not that excited about CLE Reading 1st grade. (I really like the math). We are jumping over to Memoria Press for reading next year. Maybe we should revisit CLE reading in the upper grammar years?

 

Yes, I like it only in the older grades... We skipped for littles...

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Story of the World

FLL 1 - 4

Singapore Math (I recently purchased MIF and love that even more.)

 

:iagree:We've gone through 1B and 2A. I tried Singapore and could not figure out how to teach it even with the HIG. MIF has made Singapore math much easier for me to teach. I don't even use the TM, hust teach straight out of the student book!

 

I'm glad to see someone else on here using and enjoying MIF :001_smile:

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Whichever curriculum you stick to especially for reading:001_smile:

 

-With my son, it was TYCR100Ez lessons

-with my daughter, I really LOVE OPGTR with the flash cards, CD and magnetic board. I am not sure if I would like it as much without the extras.

 

For me, a curriculum is boring if I am not enthusiastic about it. I bring in stuffed animals, puppets, writing in shaving cream (salt) and a sense of humor while teaching my kiddos. Sometimes I need a break until I have "an attitude adjustment".

 

I try to remember the last part of the poem "perservere":

 

"The man who travels a mile each day will get around the world at last."

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We are only on Week 6, but right now Writing With Skill is my favorite thing in the world. I love how the instructor guide follows the student guide with just the right questions to as the struggling student. It has simplified writing tremendously.

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The Learnables is fabulous this year. My 8yo and 13yo learning the same material at different paces. We will be using these regularly.

 

I just saw this today at the store! It looks interesting. I think I might try this out.

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We love FLL and WWE and plan to continue those until we no longer can.

My 5 yo dd is learning just from overhearing me teach my ds, and school feels morelike we're having a conversation rather than me sitting over him making sure he gets a wkbk page finished. LOVE!

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I just saw this today at the store! It looks interesting. I think I might try this out.

 

Do you have a web address for the Learnables?

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We're not really at the "curriculum" stage yet, but SIGNING TIME has exceeded all of our expectations and become a huge family fave. Thanks to Hive members for recommending it.

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The handwriting instructions in Writing Road to Reading. I adored the 5th edition instructions, and the new 6th edition pages are even better.

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We love FLL and WWE and plan to continue those until we no longer can.

My 5 yo dd is learning just from overhearing me teach my ds, and school feels morelike we're having a conversation rather than me sitting over him making sure he gets a wkbk page finished. LOVE!

 

:iagree: My K child could recite the definitions of nouns, verbs, and pronouns just from listening in on FLL 1/2 with my older child. He also listened in on our WWE lessons and could narrate quite well just from being an observer/listener.

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Sonlight Core D+E has been our best purchase so far. We are sticking with Sonlight for next school year & using Core F & I have all intentions of using Sonlight for the duration with my middle two children. This is the first history program we've used & enjoyed for an (almost) entire school year. With previous programs we tried, I was feeling "burn out" by Christmas & the kiddos were getting bored. It is a great fit for us. We also use their Science Cores & plan to continue with them for the duration as well. I am hoping to be able to say that Oak Meadow will be the success story for my youngest dc. I recently purchased their Preschool Package & I'm currently reading the books & plan to implement what I learn with her ASAP.

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