Homeschooling Multiple Ages: Curriculum Choices

This last week I’ve shared our curriculum choices for 2013-2014 from kindergarten to high school. If you missed any of our individual plans, you can find a list at the bottom of this post. Because of that age range, we do many of our subjects and learning all together. Layers and levels  – lasagna learning.

Hodgepodge #Homeschool Curricula for Multiple Ages www.hodgepodge.me Hodgepodge Homeschool – Multiple Ages

Rest assured I am still in the planning stages, but we pretty much have a handle on what resources we’ll be using – based on experience.

What I've Learned Homeschooling With Tapestry of Grace

  • Tapestry of Grace is a classical approach, Biblically-based, unit study curriculum for the whole family. Tapestry covers eight subjects. Everyone learning together – each child on their own learning and skill level. Here are the subjects Tapestry covers:
    • History
    • Writing
    • Literature
    • Geography
    • Fine Arts
    • Church History
    • Philosophy
    • Government
  • Science with Apologia Marine Biology at the high school level. Answers in Genesis God’s Design for the younger three. Along with a smattering of books and the Aquarium Guide. It all goes nicely with our aquarium annual passes! I mentioned this in more detail in my High School curriculum choices.
  • Nature Study with Outdoor Hour Challenges – challenging us to ‘see’ and learn so much more in the world around us. These topical and seasonal prompts sure bring joy to our homeschool. There are a variety of ways we do this and I’ve shared many a nature study here at Hodgepodge. My Outdoor Hour Challenges ‘review’ at Curriculum Choice.
  • Art and Music Appreciation with Harmony Fine Arts – what started out as a resource for one of my children quickly caught on for the whole family. We use one year plan for everyone for artist and music study.
  • English From the Roots Up – quick and easy way to build language and vocabulary skills.

Loving Living Math Review at The Curriculum Choice

  • Loving Living MathCindy West’s Loving Living Math has given my family permission. Permission to learn and enjoy the real life stuff of math. See, I admit I am not a math type mom. But I do thrive on the practical. That’s why Loving Living Math speaks to me. I can see math all around us now.
  • Mixing things up with unit studies – we plan to try Mary Prather’s first Squilt volume. We will just happen to be studying the Baroque period with our Tapestry studies. We also love Amanda Bennett’s unit studies. We often choose one for a child that would like to immerse in a certain subject, like Digital Photography. Or a current event like last year’s Olympics or Elections.
  • Manners Made Easy – why not do it again? The short, meaningful lessons take less than five minutes around the lunch table.

chalk pastel art for all ages All Things Art! – chalks, acrylics, whatever strikes our fancy. Building in free spots of time for creating.

Sketch Tuesday – weekly themed prompts from Harmony Fine Arts. Through the summer there are weekly art projects and plans. Why not get started now?

How To Fit In All The #Homeschool Extras at Hodgepodge How to Fit in All The Homeschool Extras

I’ve written a whole series on this habit because it is such a simple strategy for getting to use all the great homeschool resources

Time for me to pull out a favorite quote:

“You can’t change what you have or haven’t done over the past year. Just start where you are, ask the Lord to make you a “joyful mother of children,” pray for grace and wisdom (and strength and patience), and move forward.” ~ Vicki Bentley, HSLDA and Everyday Homemaking

How to fit in the extras is one of the most frequently asked questions I get. For example, yes, I love our curriculum but how do I work that wonderful resource work our day? How do we fit in science and history? But what about brushing teeth? What about the roaming toddler?

Afternoon Quiet Time for All Ages at Hodgepodge Afternoon Quiet Time

Afternoon quiet time is often how we ‘fit in’ reading of good books, independent study and more…

Afternoon Quiet Time for All Ages – “Originally, when we started this habit in our home, it’s sole purpose was rest for the children and weary Mama with a newborn. Now, I have seen the fruits of this habit. Afternoon quiet time is a refreshing time for all. Time away to quiet our minds from a noisy (and blessed!) household. Time to work on a project alone. Time to gather our thoughts. And sometimes, quite honestly, time to get our happy spirits back.

Guess what? As we head into summer time and leave the morning schedule of school work, afternoon quiet time becomes our anchor. It’s the structure of the day that is always there. Even when summer refreshingly changes up our days with outside activities and other opportunities.”

10-days-april-tricia Homeschooling Multiple Ages at Hodgepodge

“Seek God in your homeschool. His burden is easy. His yoke is light.” ~ Wisdom’s Way of Learning by Marilyn Howshall

Hodgepodge Curricula 2013-2014

2013-2014 Curriculum ChoicesThis post and many more are part of the Teach Them Diligently Summer of Homeschool Encouragement Link Up Series. you can read more about other Homeschool Curriculum choices here.

nbtsbloghop2013 As well as iHomeschool Network’s Not Back to School Blog Hop!

I think I’ll sleep well at night. What do you think? It’s going to be a busy, fabulously full year of homeschooling kindergarten to high school at Hodgepodge!

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children – preschoolers to high schoolers. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.

Comments

  1. I always enjoy reading your posts about your curriculum choices. I’m excited about the year to come and have really learned so much for you Tricia. Thank you!

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