We’ve been homeschooling now for 8 long years. I’m pretty sure I’ve been through nearly every curriculum possible. We began with A Beka when Emme was in Kindergarten, and then I got up the nerve to branch out on my own. Some of the programs that I’ve used with my 3 students are (in no particular order) Math U See, Saxon, A Reason for Handwriting, A Reason for Spelling, Accelerated Christian Education, KONOS, Bob Jones, Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading, and many others.
This is the beauty of homeschooling. If something isn’t working, you have the freedom to go in a different direction. And what works for one child may not work for another, even though they share the same DNA.
What we’ve settled on now that is working well for us is:
The 2nd Grader: Singapore Math, Hooked on Phonics, Spelling by Sound & Structure, and A Reason for Handwriting.
The 5th Grader: Spelling Power, Teaching Textbooks, Intermediate Language Lessons, & Mavis Beacon Typing.
The 7th Grader: Spelling Power, Teaching Textbooks, All In One English, Mavis Beacon Typing, and Classical Conversations (Latin, Geography, Rhetoric, Institute of Excellence in Writing, Science)
And for all 3 I’m still doing My Father’s World (Creation to the Greeks) for History/Geography/Bible and Science for the younger 2.
Oh dear Lord, yes, it’s a lot of work. And it will all be worth it when they can support not only themselves, but their poor bedraggled parents in their old age. Fingers crossed.
But there is one thing that has remained a constant throughout all of these homeschooling years (besides my dependence on extra-strength Excedrin). I have relied on the online program Big IQ Kids to reinforce the major subjects for all 3 kids. I started using Big IQ Kids when Emme was in the 1st grade. I was hooked on Big IQ Kids Spelling Time and loved how I could modify the weekly lessons to include the words that were in her spelling curriculum. And now that she’s in the 7th grade, she still uses it to reinforce the review test words for Spelling Power.
In other words, no matter what spelling curriculum I’ve used all of these years, I’ve been able to reinforce with the Big IQ Kids Spelling program. And I have to say, I do believe it would work fine as a stand alone curriculum.
I expanded our membership the next year to include the math program, to aid me in the dreaded multiplication drills. And now both girls have a good grasp of their U.S. Geography because that program helps them with state location, capitals, and abbreviations.
About a year or two into the program, I contacted the sweet creator of Big IQ Kids and told them that I wanted to help get the word out about the program because I’ve loved it so much, so they’ve graciously allowed me to host a yearly giveaway.
Big IQ Kids has evolved over the years to now include:
- Spelling Junior – this is the one that I use the most for all 3 kids!
- Math Facts – drills all 4 math functions, and upon mastery, the child moves up.
- U.S. Geography
- Vocabulary Junior -
- Spelling + Vocabulary Upgrade
And of course the game page is now enormous, and you can set your child’s account to allow them to play a game if they finish the lesson, or just on weekends, or however you wish to set it up. I’ve always let my kids earn a game coin upon completion of a lesson. They will sometimes repeat a lesson just to earn another game coin. We in the homeschool world like to call that REINFORCEMENT.
I have an opportunity to give away a one-year Big IQ Kids Bundle (a $79.99 value) which includes all 5 programs plus full access to the games page. All you have to do is head over to Big IQ Kids and poke around a bit (you can try the programs out for free)! Then come back here and tell me (in the comments of this post) which program would most benefit your child?
• You must answer the prompt given.
• No duplicate comments/ one entry per person.
• This giveaway is open internationally, age 18 or over.
• Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
• You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
I will keep comments open until Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00 PM, EST.