It is spring!!!!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite things about spring is that it is time to pick new curriculum for school (yes, I know I am weird). Now I know most of you probably don't homeschool so you don't have to read this, BUT (DON"T STOP YET), if you know of someone who does homeschool you can pass this along to them. I write this annual post because I love curriculum, I also love giving credit to the people who help make my homeschooling life a reality and I also write it because occasionally I do have people who ask me about what I use and I can save myself time and just send them this.
This past year's curriculum:
I consider Sonlight to be my core curriculum. I love Sonlight because it is literature based, which means real books are the primary source of learning. I also love it because it can be used to teach multi-aged children. We used Grade 2 this year and we were able to do Bible, History, Read-alouds and Science together with my 5 year old and 7 year old. Sonlight does a beautiful job of correlating the time periods so what you are studying in History, correlates with what you are reading in Bible and your read-alouds. This bring a richness and depth to your understanding of History. You also study geography right alongside with what you are learning. I think Sonlight also has an excellent way of dealing with History in a way that acknowledges both the sad and terrible things that have happened in History but also keeps a positive perspective to the reality of the good things that have happened in it.
Here is a little story from our read-aloud time this year. I personally think the story is cute and shows how much our kids are processing what we are saying, even though we don't always realize it:
A Well-Trained Mind. While I don't feel the need to create a program for myself, I do think Sonlight, infuses the philosophies shared in this book and it helped give me an understanding to the whys behind what I am doing.
We purchased God's World magazine this year. The kids enjoy it, especially the puzzles and games and it is a great way to keep up with current events from a godly perspective.
Finally, we ran across Homeschool Buyer's Co-op this year. Homeschool Buyer's Co-op is a free homeschooling organization for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Co-op membership is free and confidential, and entitles homeschooling families to discounts from over a hundred educational suppliers. They also sponsor "Group Buys" for curriculum packages that save homerschooling families lots of money. On the site you'll find lots of free information, such as databases of free curriculum, field trips, and educational contests and scholarships. I recommend this as a way to receive curriculum at a discounted price. We purchased our God's World magazine subscription this year through them. We also purchased Mark Kistler's 3-d Online drawing program through them. This is a great drawing program which allows the kids to do art since their mom has no artistic ability.
Are you still with me? As you can tell, I love homeschooling. I thank God, usually daily, for the opportunity to be with my kids like this and I thank my wonderful husband for allowing me to be home to teach my kids. If you ever have any questions about homeschooling feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading,
PS This post was written because I love homeschooling. None of the companies I discussed in the post asked me to do a review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. I am entered into a drawing for an i-pad 2 though for my review of Homeschool Buying Co-op but I really do like them!