Our 2009-2010 Curriculum

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It’s time for one of my favorite posts of the year: our next school year’s curriculum list! As homeschoolers, don’t we all enjoy taking a peek at what others are using in the upcoming year? I may add to or take away from our list as we get into full swing, but, for now, here is our 2009-2010 school year curriculum:









  • Christian Kids Explore (finishing Earth and Space; starting Chemistry)


  • Homeschool Music Class (a local class for Josh and Megan)
  • Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers (right now I’m just daydreaming about this one, but I may purchase it after I get a chance to look at it at the curriculum fair)


Nature Study:

That’s my intended arsenal for this year. Of course, we don’t use all of this every day. Our general schedule this year will probably look much like it did last year with a little tweaking. I’ll probably post our tweaks when we get a little more into the school year.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Wow, thanks for sharing this! I haven't heard of most of the books on your list so it would be fun to check them out. And yes, it really is fun to peek into other people's curriculum!

  2. Have you ever done a review of story of the world? I was checking them out on Amazon, but the reviews there were making my head spin.

  3. Lots of great links. I'm going to go back to that Scripture Memory system and the reading list for college bound kids. A few others, I guess I better bookmark this post to reread.

    Thanks for compiling all these!

  4. That college reading list sounds great! I'll be getting it from my library.

    Thank you so much.

    Annie Kate

  5. I took at look at FLL3 at our resource fair, and I totally agree with your assessment of it. I was really bummed because I loved the first one so much. Seems like a HUGE jump from 1/2 to 3. Unfortunately I just realized that I forgot to order Easy Grammar for my 3rd grader!

  6. Thanks for the peak into your curriculum. It is fun to see what others are planning.
    I love the planning part of homeschooling. 🙂

  7. @Christy — I only have one child who is out of that age/grade range. During the first part of last year, I used a different resource for her — basically a reading list that had her reading a spine book, a fiction and a non-fiction book about the time period we were studying (Ancient Rome). At the end of the study, we found that my younger kids had learned more about the time period than she had! Figuring that history is history, I just kept her in SOTW with the younger kids for the rest of the year, having her do additional reading (on her own) about related topics and sometimes requiring more detailed activities (such as map work). It worked out fine for us.

    I'll probably continue to have her do SOTW in that same fashion this year. Next year, when she begins high school, I plan to move everyone to Truthquest History Guides. She has used them before and we enjoyed them, but I got tired of trying to mesh it with SOTW, so I just had everyone using SOTW with the exception of the first few months of our last school year.

    Does that help? I feel like I'm rambling. I haven't had my tea yet. 😉 If it doesn't make sense, feel free to ask more questions, or you can email me through my profile or the contact button on my front page.

  8. Loved seeing what you are using this year.. 🙂 Of course, we are using a lot of the same stuff. LOL

  9. Great line-up Kris! Thanks for sharing. I'm so nosey and love to see what others are doing. : )

  10. Are you going to MY curriculum fair at the end of the month?

    I love your list! Can't believe school is about to start. I still don't feel ready.

    I think we might add the scripture memory system, too.

  11. I love that you put all of this up! It's like going to a curriculum share without leaving my couch. Thanks!

  12. oh please post your experiences with the biblical feasts one, i would love to do that with my kids someday. after living in israel for a short time, the original feasts & holidays are very dear to me.

    can't wait to check out more of the scripture memory system! thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. @Composing Hallelujahs — That's the first one we'll be doing. I'm really excited about it. Lately, I've become very interesting in learning more about the feasts and holy days. The review will be posted sometime in mid- to late-August.

  14. Loved reading this list! It's always so fun to see what other people are doing.

    I think I'm finally set to try to put together my list to post sometime next week. 🙂

  15. others' curriculum, especially when there's so many new things on the list I've never heard of. Off to explore some of them!

  16. Great line up!

    We use some of the same things, but you definitely have more planned. I would love to do more, but I know (from past experience) that I won't get it all done, so now I keep it simpler for me and them.

  17. I really want to do the handbook of outdoor… umm… my brain just forgot.

    Anyways… I need to spend some time looking at that.

  18. Thank you for sharing in the Not Back to School Blog Hop. I have so enjoyed reading what everyone is doing. You have a well thought out year ahead of you. I hope it's a great one.

  19. We've used SOTW and TQ in the past and have absolutely loved them both! You have a wonderful line-up for this next year… enjoy!

  20. We use Explode the Code and will be starting Spelling Power and Bible Study Guide for all ages this year. Did you love those programs? Did they work well for your children?

    I'm very excited about both of them this year.

  21. @ Karin — We didn't love Spelling Power, but we didn't hate it either. It served us well for several years with my older daughter, but we'll be using All About Spelling for my younger two.

    We love ETC and Bible Study Guide for All Ages.

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