In this episode, Jenn, Andrew, and Courtney discuss why your educational philosophy should guide your curricula choices, run through a quick checklist for identifying a solid curriculum, review some caveats (and share some blunders of our own), and talk about annual scheduling, working with family demands and homeschooling, and how to schedule your time during the day. Then we talk about daily checklists, loop scheduling, the spiral notebook method, doing the next thing, and the file folder method. Finally, Jenn rates paper planners.

Brave Writer

In a special double-length episode, Jenn, Courtney, and AJ tackle the academics of Brave Writer. We begin with a high level overview of how Brave Writer covers grammar, literature, and writing, dig deep into the teaching methods (with stops along the way for the curse of expertise, paragraph-level writing instruction, and the intersection of cultural capital), and take a look at curricula sequences, including analyzing rigor, parent effort, online classes, FERPA, cost, and “high tide/low tide” homeschooling seasons.  

The Curriculum Rating Game, Part 3

In this episode, Jenn, AJ, and Courtney talk about: Mater Amabilis, Mapping the World with Art, Draw Squad, Royal Fireworks Press, Memoria Press Lit Guides and enrichment sets, Mathematical Enhancement Programme (MEP), Minimus, Miquon Math, Math Mammoth, Moving Beyond the Page, Math-U-See, Orton-Gillingham, Oak Meadow, The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading (OPGTR), Phonics Pathways, Oxford University Press (OUP) Latin, Plaid Phonics, Quidnam Press, Rod and Staff, Patterns of Nature, River of Voices, Reading Pathways, Pyramids, Real Science for Kids, RightStart Math, Sadlier Vocabulary, Saxon Math.