This is week 2 of the All Aussie Not Back to School Blog Hop and the topic this week is curriculum. There are so many different types of curriculum that it can be overwhelming at first, but over time it gradually gets easier. Many homeschoolers also try a variety of different curriculums until they find what works best for them.
We are what many would call eclectic homeschoolers. The majority of our boys learning comes from completing PACEs. We are registered through a Distance Education school in North Queensland who send us the books for the boys to complete.
The subjects that our boys complete through these PACEs are Math, English, Creative Writing, Science, Social Studies, Word Building and B also does Bible Reading. R has finished all the Bible Reading PACEs. This school also offers Rosetta Stones for LOTE and Mathletics and packs containing all you need for certain Science Experiments.
This work takes the boys around 2 hours to complete each school day, so we add a few extra activities to help them continue learning throughout the day.
This blog contains all the crafts, activities, experiments, printables and unit studies that we also complete. These vary depending on the topic the boys are interested at each particular time. They can take a few hours to complete and some of the activities; mainly the unit studies can take a couple of weeks to finish.
I am also part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, so also throughout the year, we are given lots of different curriculums to review, some of which the boys absolutely love and some that they are not so keen on, but the variety is awesome.
So each year, we use our base ACE curriculum and then add on a variety of extra activities which gives our boys a lot of experience using different programs and lots of different ways to learn.