Homeschooling the Middles 2012-2013 Curriculum

I only have one child I would consider a Middle. She’s going into the 6th grade (I think…funny how difficult it is for homeschoolers to keep track of exactly where they are grade wise! ;) )

Looking back over last year’s curriculum, I realized how only a few things have changed.


We decided to do Proverbs People with all the kids first thing in the morning.

Megan also reads in her Bible based on the history curriculum we are currently using.  Which brings me to another point…

Last year, I was determined to piece together my own history curriculum because I had had enough of wishy-washy history and books I had to edit all the time.  However, without a set guideline in my hot little hands, I quickly realized we were getting nowhere.  We just weren’t moving along like I wanted to and the lessons seemed rather disconnected.  So, I pulled out a very old copy of KONOS Ancient World History that I had gotten free at a homeschool swap and started working through it.

This is where I admit other people do a better job than I do at writing curriculum.  I should just leave it up to them. ;)

Once we finish up the Romans in KONOS, we will move to an old copy of Tapestry of Grace Year 2.

I am sure I will still have to edit and choose to avoid certain books altogether, but TOG is NOT a wishy-washy curriculum and that is one reason it has managed to last so long on my shelf.

Megan is currently doing Horizons math, but will be moving to a computer based math curriculum called A+.  This is going to simply be a trial time for us to see if this is something we like or if we need to take the same direction we did with our oldest son…Saxon and then Teaching Textbooks.

Megan is very close to finishing up the last of the Apologia Elementary Science books.  She reads these on her own and has learned so much.  We LOVE these books.  I will need to decide this year if we will move on into General Science or take a Science break for a year.

Megan is still working through Rosetta Stone Spanish.

She’s becoming quite fluent and has well surpassed my meager Spanish skills.  Her goal is to get through the Spanish then move on to Chinese or Swahili.  There is no doubt in my mind she could manage to tackle both!

Megan will continue in piano lessons and she’s also begun to really be a huge help around the house with her home management skills.  She’s also considering guitar lessons, but for now has decided to teach herself.  She is an avid author, artist, and photographer and we encourage those gifts every opportunity we get.

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  1. I was looking for the explanation as to why you chose to go back to TOG and not stick with reading through history books. I have not used TOG in the past but have used MFW and became frustrated with jumping around in different books for one topic. I so like your idea of just reading straight through a list of books. Some as read alouds and others on their own. I did buy Through the Ages and it seems a bit overwhelming. I want to just read, read, read and not jump around doing a few chapters from 2 or 3 different books each day. Would love to hear more of your thoughts on this. Thanks so much.

    • First off, MFW would frustrate me also for that very reason. TOG does not do that typically. The main reason I chose not to rely solely on All Through The Ages (and I still love that book and use it all the time ;) ) is my own character flaw, I suppose. I just cannot seem to keep the books cohesive, nor can I seem to motivate the children to move along in the books. I also found I was piling on too many books because I did not realize how much was involved in each one. Having a guideline from someone who has already checked this stuff out for me, really made sense. That said, it is still very doable to just read living history, but you want to make sure YOU are familiar with the books you choose. I found that some of the suggestions in ATTA were not in line with what we believe and some were just too dry. Besides TOG, I highly recommend KONOS as well. I just happen to have both of these on my shelf and what I like best about them is that they both facilitate conversation, something I found sorely lacking in Sonlight and also in my own attempt at reading through history using ATTA.

      • When did you switch to TT for your oldest? We are looking at TT6 for our daughter this year…a switch for us. I’m just wanting to make sure it’s worth the money since it’s twice as much as most other math curriculum for a year.

        • He did Saxon until it was time for Pre-Alg and I could no longer help him. I’m looking at another computerized program right now, but I won’t be able to give a real review on it for several more months.

  2. I am a former KONOS rep and we are on our third time going through HOW 1. I’ve got two students doing it know. It is so very throrough and will be moving on the HOW 2 and HOW 3 eventually (now that it is finally finished!!). We just came back with a four day visit with my extended family who are still not sold on homeschooling (this is our 24th year) and especially our choice of not going to college or university but pursuing other methods of higher learning. Dh commented that he was very pleased with our children’s interaction with the others which include my brother who has lived out of the country for the past 9 years and is an office manager at the US Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, my 24 year nephew who is a college grad from one of the highest ranking party school’s and his beauty pageant girlfriend and then various other skeptical relatives.

    • Sorry, I just realized I wrote that out and then it didn’t save correctly and it disappeared. I’ve added it back in now, but I don’t have links quite yet. We are currently using Horizons.

  3. I was wondering if any of you have ever used a curriculum called My Father’s World. Some of my friends have recommended it to me. I am wanting to learn how to homeschool before my son is old enough to begin. I am very much encouraged by all the things you cover on here, Amy. I may eventually wind up eclectic, but for now, I want to start with something simple (easy for me to learn to teach). I found the site: http://www.mfwbooks.com/ and was exploring it just a bit just now. Really neat looking so far. What do you think?

    • I have many friends who use it and many really like it. It does tend to cram a lot in a day and jumps around in books so it can cover various topics (which is something that would drive me crazy…I’m a read-the-entire book kind of gal ;) ), but there is a solid missionary emphasis and quite a bit of tactile type lessons (lapbooking going quite well with MFW). Another friend did complain that there wasn’t enough hands-on science for her son, but that would be a personal thing for sure. It also requires a lot of library use (or buying your own books). Hope that helps some. :)

  4. Hi, Amy,

    I did not see listed here anything for Language Arts/Spelling/Writing… except that Megan is an avid author. :) So do you just use the natural approach and use her own writing for language lessons? Or do you use that component of TOG, as well? Thanks!
    SaraA

    • She is a natural speller, so no spelling program. We are doing a supplemental of Rod & Staff, but she writes so much, I’m not sure its really helping her any. :)

  5. When you say ‘jumps around in different books’, I’m assuming you mean books of the bible and that the curriculum is strongly based on following biblical books? I hadn’t thought of that approach for biblical history! Interesting. We use The Story of the World Ancient History for 1st and 2nd grade and my dd loved it so much we chose it again for Middle Ages. My 3 year old came on board in the middle of the school year last year (stopped napping and wanted seat work, yikes!) and they both still love it. They color a chapter-specific coloring page while I read the chapter then we do the map work together and a related activity (provided in the text and student activity books). Anyway, for ancient history, it was really great to use our Veritas Press Genesis-Joshua cards (we didn’t stay with the actual VP biblical study the cards go with, so it was nice to have a use for the cards) and they were great to plot the biblical events into our ancient history time line at the end of the year. I highly recommend SOTW if you enjoy a classical approach.