Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ElCloud Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016

Welcome to the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop!

ElCloud Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016

Every year I share about our curriculum for the year. This year I thought it would be fun to add pictures to my post, so here are our plans for the 2015-2016 school year, with pictures.

2015-2016 ElCloud Homeschool students:
  • 5 year old preschool V
  • 7 year old 1st grade G
  • 9 year old 4th grade L
  • 11 year old 6th grade M
  • 14 year old 9th grade J
  • 16 year old 11th grade C

In addition to these 6 homeschool students, I will also have a busy 2 year old at home, building train sets, learning his colors, learning to count, and making messes.

Our oldest two daughters have graduated and will be attending college next year. One lives on-campus across the state from us, and the other is hoping to move into an apartment in town while attending college locally.

2015-2016 ElCloud Curriculum:

Preschool Curriculum 5 yo V:
Our 4 year old will turn 5 in September, but we're keeping her in preschool this upcoming year. When we began homeschooling we put 5 year old children into Kindergarten. Now I wait until they're 6 or at least closer to it.

A photo posted by April E (@elcloudapril) on

  • Before Five In A Row and Five In A Row - basically we will be reading a lot, but will use these unit studies loosely
  • Handwriting workbook - we're going to use the A Reason For Writing Kindergarten book
  • Multiple workbooks that introduce math and language skills
  • Games, play, puzzles, crafts, educational DVDs, and lots of free time

First Grade 7 yo G:

A photo posted by April E (@elcloudapril) on

  • Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading (continued from kindergarten)
  • Explode the Code 1
  • A Reason For Handwriting A
  • Horizons Math 1st Grade
  • Christian Liberty Nature Readers
  • Mystery of History 4 (tagging along with older siblings)
  • A Child's Geography of the World (tagging along)

Fourth Grade 9 yo L:

A photo posted by April E (@elcloudapril) on

  • Spelling Power
  • Grammar (Daily Skill Builders) workbook
  • Jump In! writing (tagging along with older brother)
  • A Reason For Handwriting C (cursive workbook)
  • Saxon 54
  • Mystery of History 4 (with siblings)
  • Big Book of History timeline
  • A Child's Geography of the World (with siblings)
  • Apologia Exploring Creation Swimming Creatures and then Land Animals

Sixth Grade 11 yo M:

A photo posted by April E (@elcloudapril) on

  • A Reason For Handwriting D (cursive)
  • Jump In! writing
  • Saxon 76
  • Easy Grammar Grade 5 - finishing it
  • Mystery of History 4 (with siblings)
  • A Child's Geography of the World
  • Spectrum 6th Grade Spelling
  • Spectrum 6th Grade Writing
  • Christian Kids Explore Chemistry
  • It Couldn't Just Happen
  • I'm still working on a list of literature books for him to read ...

Ninth Grade 14 yo J: 

A photo posted by April E (@elcloudapril) on

  • Saxon Algebra 1  Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1
  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology
  • World Physical Geography by Runkle
  • Windows Programming and Game Programming
  • English 1 - Apples for Spelling, Easy Grammar Plus, and Progeny Press literature guides (Lord of the Flies, Old Man and the Sea, Fahrenheit 451 for starters)
  • Physical Education - pieced together from running, video workouts, and whatever else interests him

    Eleventh Grade 16 yo C:

    A photo posted by April E (@elcloudapril) on

    • English will be an ElCloud specially-designed study of Shakespeare with essays and research papers, as well as a study of Greek Morphemes to enhance vocabulary
    • Algebra 2 from Teaching Textbooks
    • American History by James Stobaugh (new to us!)
    • Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry
    • Second Form Latin for Latin 2
    • Foundations in Personal Finance by Dave Ramsey - 1/2 credit 
    • Computer Keyboarding - 1/2 credit 

    2015-2016 Changes in Curriculum:
    We're trying lots of new curriculum this year, and I'm excited about it!

    I have been working to replace our high school history and geography curriculum, which were all Abeka and BJU. Three daughters have used them so far, but they were dry to read and very heavy on the busy-work review questions. With sons coming along, who don't handle dry reading very well, I was looking for not only more interesting textbooks, but also ones that didn't have 4 and 5 components per subject. There are newer curriculum designed more specifically for homeschools that are simpler to navigate and more engaging for students! Stobaugh's American History and Runkle's World Physical Geography are part of my replacement plan.

    We're also transitioning from Saxon to Teaching Textbooks for high school math. We haven't used Teaching Textbooks before, but I'm hoping it will help our high school students have a better long-term understanding of the math they study. Our daughters have always earned A's and B's in their math, but their internal understanding and retention hasn't been the best. 

    Write Shop and Sharon Watson's writing programs are new to our family. I'm not sure which one I'll end up preferring, but they seem more manageable for me than IEW, and easier to actually apply than the built-in writing we attempted to use from Classic Tapestry of Grace.

    Although I have owned all three of the Mystery of History textbooks, I haven't used them for a full year with multiple students. I've had junior high and high school students use them on their own, and I've used them as a reference. This year, I'm planning to use Mystery of History 4 with my elementary and middle school students, and I'm looking forward to it!

    What about you?
    What are your homeschool curriculum plans for next year? Will you be trying anything new? What are you looking forward to most?

    Back to Homeschool Blog Hop

    Back to Homeschool Blog Hop is brought to you courtesy of the Schoolhouse Review Crew and Homeschool Blogging Connection. You can view all the hosts for this week's Back to Homeschool Blog Hop at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog, or here on my blog. If you'd like a shortcut, you can visit these twelve ladies today and stop by tomorrow to visit some more great blogs for some back to homeschool encouragement:
    Rebecca @ Raventhreads
    Annette @ In All You Do

    Don't forget to enter the Back To Homeschool Giveaway!!

    May your new school year be greatly blessed!
    April E.


    1. So fun to see your picks! I have to say, this is our first year with a high schooler so it is wonderful to see that others have survived this before New to the whole family is History Revealed by Diana Waring (we've already started it and like it so far). Then the 9th grader will have Apologia Biology, One Year Adventure Novel, Latin Alive (gasp, latin is new to us), Math U See Algebra 1, English 1 pulled together on our own, art, etc. The 5th and 4th grader will do Math U See Epsilon, God's Design for Science: Life series, Brave Writer, Latin for Children, Art and music integrated in History revealed. The 2nd grader will do MUS Beta and Gamma, Brave Writer and copywork, God's Design for Science: Life series, Song School Latin, and everyone has literature too. The 1st grader has MUS Alpha, Song School Latin, copywork, All About Reading 2, God's Design for Science: Life, etc. Then there will be the younger 3 boys (age 4, 3, 2) and the new baby. I'll survive the year, right? With at least part of my sanity intact? I'm actually really excited about it, I just need to get us worked into a groove before the baby arrives and then I know the kids will keep plodding along.

    2. Tristan, thanks for sharing what you are planning to use this year. YOu're using some we've never tried (One Year Adventure Novel, Latin Alive, Math U See, and Brave Writer.) I am sure you are much more organized than I am and that you'll find your groove! :)

    3. My 9th grader is using Thinkwell Algebra 1, Northstar Geography , Excellence in Literature English 2 (Honors), Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology, Spanish with a native speaker(and retired teacher) from our church, a variety of devotionals, Artistic Pursuits High School Book 1 and guitar and piano lessons.

    4. What a wonderful and through plan you have! We are using the Horizons 1 math for our youngest this year. So far, we love it!

    5. I love how you did this post! Now I want to join instagram and I've held off for so long... Your line up looks really good and it seems we've got some similar likes in curricula.


    I love to hear from you. Thanks for your comment!