We are entering our eighth year of homeschooling, this year with kids from middle school all the way down through preschool. These are our homeschool curriculum picks for 2022– lots of family learning, living books, and Charlotte Mason inspired lessons.
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We are entering our eight year of homeschooling– this is officially our first full week– and this year I have a seventh grader, fifth grader, third grader, kindergartener, and a preschooler in our school. We are full on into middle school territory, with three kids in elementary school, and one child balancing between a priority of lots of play time and a bit of lessons.
Each year I share elements of our homeschool at the start of the season, whether it’s our curriculum choices, how I’ve organized our supplies, favorites resources, etc. This year I am sharing our curriculum choices again for a few reasons. Primarily because it’s helpful to see what curriculum is available, to get an idea of how various sources of curriculum can work together, and how curriculum choices and books can span a variety of ages and grades.
In our homeschool, I plan for a mix of family learning together, as well as individual learning on each child’s level. As my children get older, and the spread of grades increases (as more of my kids become school age), it’s important to make sure the older ones are being challenged and pushed to go deeper in their subject areas. Likewise, it’s also important that my younger kids are being met and taught where they are as well.
Even so, learning together as a family is one of our favorite benefits of homeschooling, so I am thankful that there are still so many ways to incorporate studies for everyone to enjoy and participate in. As I planned our rhythm for this new school year, I tried to give the day a flow between learning together, independent work, and breaks. Once I’ve had some time to test and tweak our rhythm, I will share more about what exactly it looks like for us.
Our 2022 Homeschool Curriculum Choices
Over the years, I have used both ready-to-go boxed curriculum that includes everything needed and which lays everything out, and I’ve also pieced together curriculum from a variety of sources. The former method is perfect for years when we’ve had new babies, life changes, or just generally stressful seasons. But the latter is my preferred method of selecting curriculum when I feel like I have the time and capacity to plan and puzzle together curriculum for all the subjects we want to study.
There’s really no wrong or right way to go about picking curriculum for your family. I think what is most important is to remember that it’s not the curriculum that makes for a successful year. There is no rule that you have to stick with a curriculum that isn’t working for you, or that every child in your family needs to use the same curriculum. That’s the beauty of homeschooling– you can adjust and adapt and personalize as much as you need to in order to find the right fit.
This post is not meant to be an explanation of all our homeschooling principles or priorities. (Though, BTW, we are mostly Charlotte Mason homeschoolers). There’s no way I could cover everything I’d like to share about how we study each subject, or how some things are hard but worth doing, or how the goal isn’t really even to finish all of these books or subjects.
Rather, this post is more of a projected course that we are setting for the year. A direction we want to travel, an intention of studies. It’s the stops that we plan to take along the way, but there’s no way of knowing exactly what will be waiting for us along the road. So, as we embark on the adventure of a new year, we will set off with eager expectations, a willingness to stop and smell the roses, and the flexibility to take each leg of the journey as it comes.
- WonderFull: studying the Psalms
- Big Truths About God board books & Tiny Systematics workbooks from Tiny Theologians
- This Is the Gospel from Kids Read Truth
- Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, devotional readings
- Nature Studies from Treehouse Schoolhouse (we love these nature studies so much! You can use my code THISPILGRIMLIFE10 to save 10% off in the THSH shop)
- Art History: reading through A Children’s History of Art
- Sing A Song of Seasons, A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year
- Learning Spanish with TalkBox Mom
- Acrylic Painting for Beginners video course from Laurie Ann Art
- Living Harmonies from Thistles & Biscuits— musical genres from around the world
- Comedy of Errors from Tales from Shakespeare
- KidStory collection of biographies
- How to Teach Nature Journaling
- National Parks
- Human Anatomy
- 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade :: Math Mammoth books on grade level
- Math Lessons for a Living Education :: starting with level 1 for my kindergartener
- lots of games & manipulatives!
- My Father’s World kindergarten student pages for my kindergartener
- Continue with Pathway Readers for my 3rd grader
- Emerging Writers Bundle from Brave Writer for my 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders
- Independent reading in literature and history books for 5th and 7th graders, plus corresponding oral and written narrations
- Let Them Be Little Preschool with my 4yo
Upper Level Studies
- Ancient History with Beautiful Feet Books
- Science in the Ancient World, read together with older kids
- Getting Started with Latin
- Science in the Atomic Age from Berean Builders for my 7th grader
- Mel Science subscription for my 7th grader (Mel Science is currently running a Back-to-School sale so you can get 12 months for the price of 9– 3 months free!)
- Thames & Kosmos Chemistry Set for my 5th grader
Cooperative Learning & Activities
- Art History & Projects with small co-op using Blossom & Root Profiles in Art (B&R is currently running a sale for 30% off everything with the code apple30)
- P.E. with a local co-op
- Field trips, nature days, & book club with our local Wild & Free group
- Middle School park days and gatherings
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I would also love to hear from you! Are you a homeschooling family? Is there a subject area that you are excited to learn about this year? A favorite curriculum recommendation? Leave them here in the comments!