Homeschool Booklist for the 2013-2014 School Year

2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum at lifeyourway.net

Whew. I’ve been working on this post for months now!

A ton of people asked about the books we purchased when I placed my (ahem, first) book order for the upcoming year, and as I was working to organize that list, I decided to fill in the gaps for year at the same time, so here is an almost complete list of the books we’ll be using for the 2013-2014 school year.

A few notes:

  • We do buy most of our books because 1) our library doesn’t have a ton of choices, is far away and only lets me put in 5 requests at a time; 2) with (soon-to-be) 5 kids, I expect they’ll all get plenty of use to justify the cost, especially since I tend to be pretty frugal in other curriculum purchases; and 3) I love children’s books and hope to continue to grow our collection for our grandchildren to use in the future (maybe that promise will keep our girls close!). I mostly buy used books on Amazon, which can be tedious but is worth the savings so that I can buy more!
  • Although we are not participating in our local CC campus this year, we’re still basing our curriculum around the Classical Conversations program, so the weeks and topics listed are all found in the Classical Conversations Foundations Guide.
  • For some of the weightier history topics — fall of communism, Gulf War and the end of apartheid — there aren’t a lot of age-appropriate books for the younger crowd. My hope is to still fill in those weeks with biographies of the historical figures involved, but I haven’t had a ton of luck finding biographies I really love about Margaret Thatcher, President Ronald Reagan, etc., so I hope to keep researching those and fill in those spaces later.
  • This list is by no means exhaustive and in no way mine alone. I’ve pulled book recommendations from a variety of friends and resources, including Heidi at Mt. Hope Academy and Brandy at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood. In many cases, Brandy’s unofficial Cycle 2 booklist includes many more book recommendations than mine does, since ours is specific to our family.
  • That said, our family loves science books, so our science list is more detailed than most other lists I’ve seen. Pretty much I want to buy all the children’s science books on Amazon!
  • For family read-alouds, we use the Sonlight core recommendations as our guide. My goal this year is to include our favorite read-alouds from the earlier cores for our younger girls as well as more chapter books for the big girls.

Click here for the booklist. {You’ll find a web version as well as a downloadable PDF.}

What books are on your list for the upcoming school year?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.