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Our Official 2015/2016 Curriculum Reveal!

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This is pretty much my most exciting post of the year, the post where I get to show you all the great curriculum we have decided on for the 2015/2016 school year. I think it’s important that I disclose right off the bat that we didn’t even worry about finishing this years books. As soon as we got our new ones, we dove in! I figure if I start now, we should DEFINITELY be finished by next summer ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve put together some awesome graphics so as to not bore you and worked out some exclusive coupon codes so read on!

What we are using for Bible curriculum

For Bible we will all be working together on the Grapevine Bible Studies. This is our first time working with them and I am SUPER excited to get drawing with the kids! I know that the combination of the auditory and kinesthetic (drawing) components of the program will work well for all three of the kids and they can’t wait to dive in! A review is coming after we have worked on the program so stay tuned!

Simply click on the image below or CLICK HEREย to check them out!

Hip Homeschooling's Bible Curriculum Reveal and an exclusive limited time cupon code!

What we are using for Science

For Science we are going to be continuing on with our Nancy Larson Grade 1 Science Curriculum (which we are LOVING). I also purchased some great resources to teach the kids all about weather and ocean animals (seeing as we will be living ON the ocean) and then we will be working with snap circuits as we continue to learn about electricity. For Science, I take a bit of an “unschooling” approach, working with what interests the kids. If they have a question or some spontaneous discussion arises, we kind of go for it.

Check out thisย detailed review of why we love this program. Then click on the image below or CLICK HERE to get your Nancy Larson Science curriculum with free shipping! We love that it is scripted, just open and go with everything we need and we learn a TON in this program! This Science 1 we are doing will be covering all learning outcomes from grade K-3 for us!

What we are using for Social Studies

For Socials we are going to be spending the year pretty much learning about First Nation’s culture/history in Canada. We will be living on an Island that was first home to the Haida Nation. We love integrating learning into our natural day-to-day life so this is going to be a perfect fit as we explore the island together!

What we are using for art

For art we are super excited to be working with our Home Art Studio video. The kids LOVE their art teacher and I love that they are learning techniques (in something that is not really my strong suit) and getting taught with a click of a button! You can even purchase all the items you need with just one click! We seriously love this curriculum and will be slowly working our way through it doing it about once a week.

Hip Homeschooling's Art Curriculum Reveal 2015/2016

What we are using for a second language

This last year both Jonathan and I decided we wanted to start teaching the kids a second language. English is the native language in this home and although we both did a bit in high school we don’t fluently speak another language. We have been doing sign language with them since they were babies, so we were looking for the next step as a family. I was a bit concerned it would confuse them when they are learning so much at this foundational stage of their education, however research pretty much blew that theory out of the water. I discovered that the earlier the better! Children’s brains are just wired to unlock languages in a way that an adult brain is not.

That didn’t help the fact that a foreign language that I wasn’t fluent in seemed a scary prospect, let along adding yet ANOTHER thing to my very busy plate.

Enter Foreign Languages for Kids.

This has blown us away! It is online, the lessons are short and manageable (usually about 5-10 minutes)! EVERYONE is learning Spanish from my baby to me! It is fun, it involves very little from me and the kids love it! Plus, it’s affordable (woot woot!).

Click on the image or CLICK HERE to try the no-risk free trial or read my complete review on Foreign Languages for Kids if you need more convincing (and enter the giveaway while you’re at it!)

What we are using for preschool curriculum

For preschool (and grade 1, 2, and 3) we will be continuing to use Mother Goose Time as a family. We, simply put, LOVE this program. For the kids, it means painting and exploring science and math and socials and more through play, music, acting, reading, art and dancing! For me, it means opening up the bag for the day, turning to my daily teachers guide and following the instructions!

To stop doing Mother Goose Time would literally break their hearts, there’s no way I can say the older ones are too old. So I do it in depth with Aliyah (who just turned three) and the older kids sit along for the ride. We adapt it, go into more detail, and get THEM to teach HER! This year we may even allow the older two to teach some Mother Goose Time classes (which should be entertaining). It is my favorite preschool curriculum I have come across yet and am looking forward to showing you the new setup in the fall once we get settled in ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Grade 1 curriculum picks

For Malakai (and all the other kids as you will see) we decided to go with A Beka this year. I grew up with it and although there are a ton of amazing curriculums out there, I am finding that my kids are doing quite well. The bright colors, the comprehensive coverage (which is a huge relief for me, no learning gaps!), the do-it-yourself layout, etc. make this the perfect fit for our family this year. We started on our books over a week ago and although I hop a bit back and forth helping everyone with reading their instructions, it is ten times easier than the more teacher intensive programs I was doing before.

We will be doing a ton of Language Arts with Malakai. Although he is reading, he does a lot of it by sight and still needs work on printing/sounds, etc. So, here’s the list:

What we are doing for grade 2 curriculum

For Selah we missed our Grade 2 Math from A Beka (it is currently on re-order) which is fine for now as we are currently still working in her Grade 1 and want to finish it. We found some fun readers but I will include a pic at the end of my reading shelf so you can see the hoard of readers I have right now, it’s actually somewhat appalling!

What we are doing for Grade 3 curriculum

For Caleb we have the same things basically as the other kids, with a few exceptions.

I include the library because this kid reads through books almost faster than I can get them to him. Going to the library and letting him choose some is far cheaper, plus, wait until you see my readers shelf!


Just for Kicks… take a look at my Homeschool Readers!

Hip Homeschoolings Reading Curriculum Reveal

Think I have enough? They take up 3 boxes in my bookshelf! And that is just designated readers, I still have bins full of information type books. Hmmm, I AM kind of like a library ๐Ÿ˜‰

The top shelf is for Caleb, middle shelf for Selah and the bottom is for Malakai. A lot of them I inherited or bought second hand so this isn’t all brand new (which you may be able to tell from the worn edges). We love A Beka’s readers. My great aunt has written at least 3 of their books (No Longer a Nobody, Secret of the Maple Tree, and Song of the Brooke) so it has really special meaning for us. Plus I remember reading these same books so vividly, it’s like a time warp!

Enough about me, what are YOU using for curriculum this next year?


  1. Looks like a fun year! I’ve never heard of your science, socials, or art. Can I join your family? Miss those years! My youngest is a rising 4th grader and then I have a JUNIOR in high school (where does the time go?!?!?!)
    Love the integrated learning… we’ve used My Father’s World for 8 years which has family learning except for Math and Language Arts.

    Thanks for sharing!

    When your kids get older, check out classes by beth online courses. They are “living books” style (Charlotte Mason) for classes. But most are middle school level and above so you have a few years yet!

    • Come on by! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have never tried My Father’s World, I am very interested to see what they are like. The Science is AMAZING! With lots of kids learning together, it is fantastic to bring them all together and learn at all their different levels. Thanks so much for visiting!

      I have visited Classes by Beth before a few times, it looks fantastic!

    • We’ll be living on a little island that is an 8 hour ferry ride from land, so on a beach ๐Ÿ™‚ That is amazing you grew up living on a boat! I took a look at your blog post, what an experience! With five littles I am pretty thankful we’ll be living on land ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I am just realizing that you are in BC somewhere. We are up in the interior, Kelowna, to be specific. I lived on Pender Island for a number of years. The educational opportunities up there are going to be wonderful.

    My son decided he wanted to learn Mandarin for his second language but has switched and joined his sister with Spanish.

    I do have a link back on my Favorite thing Friday post. It is at the bottom in the Linking up section.

  3. Exciting time of the year!! It’s like Christmas for Homeschool mamas, right?
    Our picks:
    -Bible: Sonlight/Mothergoose time, Charlotte Mason character
    – Language arts: Sonlight readers, A Reason for Handwriting, Sequential Spelling, CLE Language Arts (supplement), Writing with Ease, First Language Lessons 3, Word a Day
    -Math: Christian Light
    -Social studies/read alouds: Sonlight
    – Science: homemade unit studies. First up, SHARKS because we are in coastal NC after all!
    -Art: Artistic pursuits

  4. Hello, I was wondering why you are using A beka LA and Life pac LA? I have Life pac grade 1, but I am thinking of switching to A beka. Do you feel that there are holes in the curriculum? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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