I still love this simple approach to math for the boys. I love that it is DVD driven and gives plenty of opportunity for mastery.
This will be our third year to use Noeo Science. I like the simple notebooking approach to science. I was on the fence about buying science curriculum at all because I think my boys learn so much more by doing our nature walks and just by exploring and learning about nature in general. But I do like this curriculum and the books are vibrant and informative.
This is a relatively new curriculum and this will be my first year using it. I saw it at a homeschool convention over a year ago and I loved it immediately for Benjamin. It's a very simple, workbook based program. I'm excited to try it.
I mostly wanted this for Benjamin but went ahead and got the cursive book for Caleb. Again, a very simple approach to handwriting. I think it will only take a few minutes each day which is perfect. I've not used this before but I think it is going to be great, plus it was very affordable.
While Tapestry of Grace does have a grammar/composition supplement called Writing Aids, it doesn't really teach. We still use Writing Aids through TOG because I like some of the activities and suggestions but I wanted something that would actually teach the different parts of speech, grammar, and composition. I found this curriculum at a homeschool conference and I love it. It is DVD and workbook driven. I use this for Caleb only at this point but will likely use it with Benjamin next year.
I'll be using this with Benjamin. I used Level 1 and 2 with Caleb and again...I loved the simplicity. I think simplicity is my goal for our school year! This will cover parts of speech, dictation, grammar, and memorization. These are great books, and very inexpensive. I've only used Level 1 and 2 so I can't speak for the upper levels. I switched Caleb to Essentials in Writing after 3rd grade.
And that about covers it. I'm really excited about our choices for this next school year. I love watching my boys learn and grow. I can't wait to see how they mature over this next year.