With my oldest a senior, my youngest a pre-schooler, and three students in between, I've had to do things differently this year. During the summer when I was planning for this schoolyear I thought I'd be doing unit studies each week with my 2 younger boys using Five in a Row and Beyond FIAR., but only a few weeks into it and discovered that realistically it was just going to be too much for me.
A few weeks ago I found Time 4 Learning , an online Math, LA, science and Social Studies curriculum. They have a 14 day free trial at their website so we tried it and found that the kids really like it. Isaiah and Christian are using the Math, LA and Science. Here is a quote from their website:" Time4Learning is a new approach that takes advantage of today's technology. It's a convenient, online home education program that combines learning with fun educational teaching games. " I still sit with Christian through most of the lessons, but Isaiah is becoming much more independent, which he really needs to be at 12 yo. It also has reports that I can print out.
For History, I purchased TruthQuest History Age of Revolution II: America/Europe, 1800-1865 and I am thrilled with it! I get to do what I love -reading great books aloud to my kids! They give book suggestions for grades 1-12, so I'm using the same guide for 3 of my kids. Although, for Christian, I may purchase the American History curriculum they make that's specifically geared for younger students in grades 1-5. It's great because I can get most of the books at my local library.
I will still do some unit studies and lapbooking/notebooking with my younger students this year, but now I don't have the pressure of keep up with it all year long. I do have other things going on in my life, too! :).