Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Curriculum buying begins for 2011-2012!
I went to a curriculum sale last night that our group put on, and it was great! I found some things I had on my list! I spent most of yesterday researching curriculum, and I also talked to Kim In VA(my go to on everything) about my questions. Thankfully I had Naomi and my new friend, Wendy, to bounce ideas off of too. Wendy has four children, and a baby on the way! And guess what? Wendy lives around the corner from me. Walking distance! Well, not walking distance in the Summer! After the sale, the three of us went to dinner. I felt so blessed to sit with them and talk about life and all the things God is teaching us through our children. I'm so blessed to have them.
God is doing some amazing things right now. I have some precious friendships with other homeschool moms that I have craved for many years now. Finally, I have like-minded friendships. We have found a church we like (family integrated, but focused more so on expository teaching), and we just cut the cable off! Yes, local channels only. We have talked about doing this for a long time now, but I finally got the guts to make the call! Thankfully we have Netflix streamed to our tv! We love watching documentaries and old tv series. We will be saving $75 per month. I feel like this will really encourage us to spend our evenings reading as a family, and will help us be disciplined in Family worship.
I've been reading so much about what large families do to save money, and God continues to put women in my life who either don't watch television or don't have cable. It feels good to shift our focus. There is nothing on television that I really want my family watching anyway.
As far as homeschool, we are taking a Summer break. I have us on a schedule right now with Bible and reading daily and Math twice a week. It's a great time for us to read what we want and enjoy a more laid back approach. Next year there will be some changes (again) as far as curriculum. I'm still nailing down my choices and praying for God's wisdom with each child. One major change will be Math. We have used Alpa Omega Horizon's Math for three grades, but I feel like we need to change. I could explain why, but it would take a separate blog post to do so. Just about everyone I convinced to try it, is also switching. We have chosen MathUSee. I've heard great things about it! I found a lot of what I needed last night at the sale. I went ahead and bought a level I will not be using yet, but the price was INSANE. I had to buy! And Naomi talked the lady down to $5!!!!!! The are a few things I still need to purchase for Math (student workbooks and manipulatives), but eBay has all of it!
One of the things I am most excited about is our Science. We are using Apologia Zoology! If you have ever used Apologia or know someone who has, you understand my excitement! I'm giddy! And it will work for Josiah and Ava Beth!
Spelling Power is our new spelling for Josiah. I have been using Horizons, but it was taking about forty-five minutes per day. This will take about fifteen minutes a day. Every homeschooler I know who has used it, LOVES it.
Im sticking with Daily Grammar (Easy Grammar). One of my favorites!
Readers? Pathway Readers
History- not sure yet
Cursive-not using a curriculum. I have purchased some dry erase boards for cursive. Josiah will start this later in the Summer.
Bible-not sure yet
Ava Beth will be doing first grade curriculum, but I am not going all out. She will use MathUSee, and I'm not sure what else I am going to use for her. I may not buy anything. I have so much stuff on hand from Josiah or stuff I haven't used. She will be doing science and history with Josiah.
Ezekiel will be doing pre-school, and I have everything I need for that too.
My goal this next school year is to eliminate as much busy work as possible. I still strive for a classical approach with some textbook. I never know what it is going to look like until we get started, but I already feel excited about some new things we are trying. Going into the next school year will be a lot different than years past. We have homeschool friends, a homeschool group, sports, and now we have a CHURCH!!
God continues to blow me away with His provision for our family. I love how He is growing us. Literally! :)