Thursday, August 09, 2007

Back to Homeschooling Week

Thursday, August 9---If I had only known...What have you learned on your homeschooling journey? What would you/did you change? This is an opportunity to encourage others who are just starting out or who are struggling with issues that seem unsolvable. It is also a perfect opportunity to tell us about one of those days made you want to throw in the towel. A funny story? Perfect!

What have I learned on my journey? That I may not know it all before I teach it, but hey, Mom is still learning too and sometimes this time around - I actually remember and understand it better than when I was learning it in school. Wow - history actually makes sense to me now!!

Homeschooling is definitely something I could not do as well without my husband - he helps out where I am weak, even after a long day at work he still helps me grade if I am behind, he reads to the boys every night before bed- usually history and Bible - both things we maybe didn't do in reading aloud during the day. He faithfully works with the boys to memorize Bible verses and he encourages me to "keep on", especially on the days when I'd rather let someone else teach them!!

Friday, August 10---Curriculum - What curriculum do you use? Where do you buy it? Have you found a "gem" that you must share with others? Was something in particular a complete failure for you and your kids?

Our curriculum is a hodge podge - but I like the variety. First of all - I always go to Sonlight's website to see what they suggest for reading for each grade - their curriculum is wonderful and I love their suggestions. We use Saxon for Math - nothing else to say on that - it's good and it's full of review - we need that!! For spelling this year, we are trying a new program, Sequential Spelling, an Avko publication. We use Drawn Into the Heart of Reading for our reading curriculum - I can not say enough good about this reading program. It is very thorough and covers lots of different genres, but the kids choose from a list what they will read for that unit - I like it that way, the kids can choose something that interests them. We do both Science and History/Geography with Switched On Schoolhouse, and that is another nice break from textbooks. We are also trying a new writing program this year from Stack the Deck Writing Programs. We will see how that works for us this year! Lastly, we use Easy Grammar for our grammar skills. Do the boys LOVE it? No, but it's good for them and it's what Mom LOVES to study!!! We supplement with Wordly Wise and Explode the Code workbooks. AND where do I buy almost all of it??? Rainbow Resource - they have excellent prices!!

**I decided to take part in a Pay It Forward book giveaway, so go HERE to find out what I am giving away this month!! All you have to do is leave a comment and then do a post on your blog to be entered in the drawing. It's a great product for teachers and homeschoolers!!

Drumroll - in my homeschool wanderings this week - I have found a giveaway AND a new curriculum/bookstore. For all of you that have emailed me about toddlers/preschool, etc., She has some great stuff in her store for that age!!! SO - Check out the giveaway AND the store!!

9 comments:

Beckyb said...

Sometimes Blogger makes me want to scream!!! All of the curriculum are linkable - so just move your mouse over them and you will see the link - I have no clue why they didn't show up that way!

Randi said...

I have learned to love history through homeschooling my own kids too! I guess I realized that it is more than just names and dates!

Lawanda said...

Lots of things have made more sense to me being on the teaching end of the stick than when I was on the student end!! :)

ComfyDenim said...

Oh! I love this insight on the curriculum!! I'll be giving it a good once over. Our curriculum is not perfect for us - but it's what works for now. :-)

If our DS dries out - I'll be sure not to let it get airborne. ;-) Thank you for the warning.

Steffie B. said...

Having computer trouble.......everything is loading super slow.....

Tracy said...

My mom laughs at me because I call her talking a mile a minute about what we are learning in History! It is my favorite subject, and YES now it all makes sense! It is fun to learn it again!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing! This will be our 10th year of homeschooling. We use Sonlight...sequential spelling and explode the code too. We started out using Calvert and used some SOS. History is one my favs and Math...ugh! I haven't heard of the writing program you mentioned. I'm gonna have to look into that one. Again, thanks!

Eileen said...

I'm still trying to get things together for this year, Ben's senior year! Ack! I think I have everything, just have to organize and schedule.

I don't have time to read all your comments about everything right now but will do so later. I love talking about/reading about homeschooling!

Eileen said...

One more thing, are you on the HSFCC group?

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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