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As we kick off our school year this week, it’s time to post our annual homeschool curriculum list! I’m no expert, but I love sharing what we’re doing and reading what others are using.

Big J is a second grader and Little J is in kindergarten. This list may seem super long, but we obviously don’t do every thing every single day. Some are daily, some weekly, some we’re just trying out, and some are just a week long or seasonal!

Several of these homeschool curriculum books or companies are ones we have used before and continue to love, particularly A Reason for Handwriting/Spelling and Math-U-See, but we’re exploring some new ones as well! I’ve put a * next to the curriculum that is new to us this year. I will edit this list as the year goes on if we add or stop doing anything!

We also started a couple weeks before school with the awesome Brain Quest workbooks to get the boys back in school mode in a fun way {grade 1 for Little J, grade 2 for Big J}! The boys and I both like them so much, we’re continuing to use them as supplemental material for the school year!

Homeschool Curriculum 2013-14

Language Arts

A Reason for Handwriting: Level A Manuscript {Little J}, Level C Cursive {Big J}

A Reason for Spelling: Level A {Little J}, Level C {Big J}

*Growing with Grammar Level 2 {Big J}

*Winning with Writing Level 2 {Big J}

The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading {Little J – starting where we left off last year}


Math-U-See Alpha {Little J}

Math-U-See Gamma {Big J}


*Science Experiment book from the Target Dollar Aisle!

*Christian Kids Explore Biology

*Christian Kids Explore Creation Science

Social Studies:

*Mystery of History

*Hands On Geography


Artistic Pursuits


*Creative Composers

Accent on Composers

*Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers

Recorder {Big J}


How to Teach Nutrition to Kids

Nutrition Fun with Brocc & Roll: A hands-on activity guide

Physical Fitness:

Family Time Fitness

Unit Studies:

*Autumn Treasures

*Sensational Sharks

*Discover the Brain

*Dynamic Ducks

*Creation Camouflage


*Answers Bible Curriculum


We Choose Virtues

Mom Reads for 2013-14

For Mom

Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive

Prayer Warrior Mom: Covering Your Kids with God’s Blessings and Protection

The Love Dare for Parents

Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood

The Fitting Room: Putting On the Character of Christ {group Bible study}

Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement


What new curriculum are you trying this year? Any books on your mom list to read?