June 15, 2017

Curriculum Shopping | Finding the Right Curriculum

With the last school year ended, it is time to start looking and buying next years curriculum. Choosing curriculum can be fun but overwhelming if you aren't sure where to start.

I start by listing what subjects I want to teach this year. Once I have that listed I give myself a budget. It is very easy to over spend when it comes to curriculum. 

I like to include in my list what things I am looking for in each subject. Things like is it Christian based, Secular, or the types of areas I want covered.

I made up a printable that I used to make up my subject list and curriculum I wanted to look into more. You can get it HERE



When I have my budget and list of subjects together it is time to start researching and reading reviews on the different types of curriculum out there. I tend to just go to my search engine and type in things like History Homeschool Curriculum or 6th grade Homeschool Math Curriculum. This usually brings up a mix of reviews and publishers that have what I am looking for. 

Once you have an idea of curriculum you are interested in, it's time to get your hands on it. A couple ways to do this is to go to Homeschool Conventions or in a Store. You can usually find Samples online also.

Now that you have figured out what you are going to use; purchase it. Keep an eye out for sales from the publishers or even used curriculum through Amazon or Facebook groups. 

After it is ordered comes the waiting period, but once it is delivered it feels like Christmas morning when you get to open all of the packages and really dive into each book. 


What's your favorite part about Curriculum Shopping? Any tips for those who may just be starting out with Homeschooling?

June 13, 2017

Fifth Grade Curriculum Thoughts

These are my thoughts on the Curriculum we used during 2016/2017 school year for Fifth Grade.


Most of the curriculum for 5th Grade worked well for my son but we did change a few things as I felt he needed more or that he just wasn't getting some of it. 


This math program was really good for him and really helped him build his confidence in math this year. He didn't really like all of the reading that came with it but we made our way through it and he really succeeded. The plan for this next year is to try something with less reading and more computer oriented. 

Language Arts- First Language Lesson, Level 4

We used Level 4 for 5th grade as he didn't really have much background in Language Arts coming from the public school. It just wasn't taught like it should have been. So we used this program this year although I will say it didn't end up being exactly what I wanted for him. We made our way through it and we will be working even harder in another Curriculum next year. 

HistoryAmerica From the Beginning 

This was one of the books we stopped pretty early on. It was too much reading and just didn't catch my kids attention very well. They were very bored with it and I felt there had to be another option that worked for them better. We ended up using Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool for the remainder of the year and it was a much better fit!



I liked this Science curriculum. It was very easy to plan with and to teach. We did not get to the Human Body though as my kids started to show signs of interest in Space so I decided to take that interest and find online resources we could use instead. We did do plants and animals and really enjoyed it!



My son really enjoyed the Literature. He enjoyed reading through books he didn't know he would like and really digging down deep into learning more about them. We did do quite a bit of read aloud books with this program as well. 

Geography- Road Trip USA 

We didn't get through this curriculum fully but I did like it a lot. We will be continuing with learning our States this year as well as other Geography type items. 


I mainly used this for my son to see where he was at with writing in cursive. It is not taught in our public school here so seeing him pick it up as easily as he did was really nice. Definitely recommend this curriculum. 

Writing- Spectrum Grade 5 and Reading- Spectrum Grade 5

I grouped these together because I absolutely hated them as a curriculum for my son. I just did not like them at all. We tried to use them and ended up just focusing on individual things instead.

Spelling- Grade 5 List

This was a nice starting out point for us but I do think Id rather have an actual curriculum with a little more structure for the next year. 


I loved this curriculum. However, my boys just didn't find it interesting. We ended up just doing fun crafts from pinterest most of the year. He really enjoyed that and it worked! We may try to introduce it more in the future. 

Most of the curriculum I had picked for 5th Grade was a great fit for my oldest. There are definitely areas that I worked harder on finding curriculum that matched what my boys need for the next school year. 

These opinions are my own and not everyone may agree with them. This is just to share what we ended up using for the school year and what didn't work for my child.

You will notice some links have been removed due to not promoting a curriculum I was not happy with! 

To see the curriculum we had planned on using and explanations from the beginning of the school year check out our Fifth Grade Curriculum post.