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post #1 of 51
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I am already thinking about next year, anyone else? Since this was my first attempt at homeschooling, I have learned a lot! Maybe more than the kids. I like the idea of a "new" school year and starting over. I also like the idea of the summer break so I can get more organized this time around. Most of what I started with in January has been changed by now and I think I got a pretty good idea now about what I like/don't like.

I will have a first and a fourth grader next year. I plan on using math mammoth for both of them. I am looking for a curriculum about American History for my fourth grader since she is interested in that. I am also planning on doing Easy Grammar (I think that is what it's called) for both if it comes in a first grade version.

I hope to tie in more field trips and to do more music/art/cooking/etc. now that I am confident in our "core curriculum".

I am very eclectic for the most part, sometimes leaning towards an unschooling desire. Although I know that I am not an unschooler.

What did you like about this year? What do you plan to change?

Amy
post #2 of 51
We're at a crossroads right now. DS (10yo) is exploring all his options, feeling out the public school scene. Honestly, I'd like him to make a decision SOON so I could start buying curriculum!

This year was fun. I think if we did continue next year it would be another step forward in the responsibility dept for ds. I found a weekly student planner that he would get some use out of, creating his own schedule with him doing most of the work, me as guide. This year, I controlled the writing in the schedule while taking his imput. Next year, the roles would be reversed.
post #3 of 51
I'd suggest looking into The History of US series for your daughter.

Author, Joy Hakim's website about the books

The History of US on PBS

Lillian

post #4 of 51
I have already started searching and purchasing used items for next year. This was our first year homeschooling and it has been quite a ride. Overall, I am happy with the curriculum we chose for this year and am continuing with most of it for next year.

We will be sticking with Math-U-See, History Odyssey, and R.E.A.L Science for Kids. We will be changing our Language Arts Program for next year. We used Voyages in English this year. My kids have learned but no one was truly inspired. We will be using Writing Strands and Growing With Grammar. I think. I also like Learning Language Arts Through Literature so I may just combine them all into my own program next year. I am also considering adding Lively Latin.

For next year I would like to add more arts and music appreciation. We had plenty of art this year but music is a weak spot.
post #5 of 51
I bought a some of our curriculum for next year in February. I started planning before that.
We are going to continue to use Sonlight as our basis and move into Core 3 (Intro to American History, part 1).

We are going to continue on to the next level of Math U See. I'm really pleased with the progress dd has made since starting this program.

Dd wants to learn a musical instrument. We've started on that now.
post #6 of 51
this is the time of year where i evaluate how the previous year has gone and start making plans/gathering materials for the next year too. we go year round, so we don't really take the summer off, although we do slow down a bunch. our "school year" runs from august to july, so i'm starting to really flesh out our fall plan. i usually break our year into segments and do a min evaluation and adjustment at the end of each segment b/c i never know what pace DD1 is going to move at through whatever i put together for her based on her expressed interests. we've done ancient history this year, so we'll move to the middle ages next year. and she's asked to do chemistry, so i'm working on that. i'm working out the budget, so i know what to hit DH up for in a month or so!

but yes, it's seriously planning season here too.
post #7 of 51
I'm always looking into life a year or two ahead. So, yes. I've started thinking about next year.
post #8 of 51
yep, in fact I spent most of the day researching various curriculums. We used k-12 (thru our state's virtual academy) which we liked for the most part. However, I dont want to deal with my state's program anymore, very tedious paperwork/uncordinated local program. So we are looking for something else. Looking online and comparing programs as we might do a mix match of various things.
post #9 of 51
This year was insane. We switched back and forth between so many different styles and ideas. Started with Enki. Got to be too much work. Then unschooling then my crazy Virgo desire for more structure only to land back at some Eclectic waldorf inspired unschooling-ish thing. I bought a ton of books and I think we are sticking to unschooling from here on out.

Here's some things I have out for the kids to wade through if they want (they made up a list and went through Amazon and the Rainbow resource catalog to pick what they are interested in):

The Private Eye
Story of the World
A Child's History of the World
Horrible Histories (set plus bios & Wicked weather & Murderous Math & Horrible Science)
Boomerang kidsmagazine downloads
Miquon math
Carpentry for kids
OM 3rd grade (for dd who asked for it to do on her own)
Knights & Castles
Geology Rocks
Child Sized Masterpieces
Reading Eggs or Headsprout (still undecided)
tons of computer games
Maybe Rosetta stone
Educational Travel on a shoestring
Karate or Aikido
Family Math
Papaloizos Greek for dd#1 & 2
L'art de l'ire and L'art de dire for all kids
Mango languages-german & french
Explorabook
Handbook of Nature Study
Tom Brown's book of survival for kids
Everyday Waldorf summer and fall
Cooking for all kids, especially oldest dd-Martha Stewart Cooking School
Knitting for kids
Stargazer (DK)
Rock and Fossil Hunter (DK)
Kids Herb Book
In the Three Sister's Garden
Talking to Fireflies and shrinking the moon
a ton of science experiments
Gardening with Green Thumbs
Edible Wild Plants
Lego Crazy Contraptions
Writing strands level 2 and If You're Trying to Teach Kids to Write...
post #10 of 51
Major planning here as well. I've re-evaluated some of our educational philosophy so that's thrown a monkey wrench in things because I'd already purchased things.
Right now I'm pretty firmly planning:
Miquon orange and red
McGuffey readers
McGuffey spelling
Cursive First

Other then that I'm so conflicted. We have Galloping the Globe, but I don't know if I want to pull all those resources together. I think we're doing general nature study but I'd love to find a text to guide us.
I think my problem is I read too much. There's always something new and exciting.
post #11 of 51
I am right there with you theretohere! I read WAAAY too much and end up changing my mind a million times. Sigh. I'm everything from unschooling to classical, to eclectic....and everything in between...depending one the day. I am trying to contain myself from buying anything, besides general interesting books from the book store. It is hard though! Sometimes I wish I could just buy one boxed set and be done with it. But I know myself. I'm not organized enough to follow a set curriculum and I would get bored with it.
post #12 of 51
I have already started thinking about next year too, and I also have a hard time making up my mind. I always describe myself as a combination of Charlotte Mason and unschooling. Quite a combination, huh? I confuse myself sometimes with it as well. I am looking at doing something totally different for next year and have even considered using the co-ops that In the Hands of a Child offers during the school year.

I also wanted to add that we use Math Mammoth and I REALLY like it, I have to change some things to make me happy but I like it. This year we have been using the Los Banos American History curriculum and loved it. It's free to download and you just have to buy the books to go along with it. Here's the link to it.
post #13 of 51
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Originally Posted by mommy2abigail View Post
I am right there with you theretohere! I read WAAAY too much and end up changing my mind a million times. Sigh. I'm everything from unschooling to classical, to eclectic....and everything in between...depending one the day. I am trying to contain myself from buying anything, besides general interesting books from the book store. It is hard though! Sometimes I wish I could just buy one boxed set and be done with it. But I know myself. I'm not organized enough to follow a set curriculum and I would get bored with it.
Heh- I have almost exactly the same thoughts! Except I don't worry about unschooling- I know it'd drive DD nuts. :P
I need to step away from homeschoolreviews, that's for darn tootin'.
post #14 of 51
I've been driving myself nuts with options for next year. Ds will be in 2/3 grade, and dd is starting Kindergarten.

About a month ago, it occured to me that ds had never done any writing. So we'll be adding some grammar. I ordered the first book from Growing with Grammar today. My plan is to get through some or most of that before next school year. Then we'll be closer to grade level in the Fall.

I need to order the next set of Singapore Math. Ds is close to finishing 2A. I haven't picked a math curriculum for dd yet. We have RightStart A and all of the manipulatives for that. So we should do that. But it drove me nuts the first time I tried it, so we'll see. . .

I have a phonics book for dd, and a cursive book for ds.

We'll probably keep going with Explode the Code.

I have almost all of the books for all four volumes of FIAR. So I don't have to obsess about that anymore! Hopefully dd will be more interested in that during school time next year. She loves the books for bedtime reading! I may just have to keep it as a bedtime project, then sneak in some FIAR lessons during the day.
post #15 of 51
Alright, well, the kid made the decision to stay home, so here's our tentative 5th grade curriculum that he picked out:

Language Arts: Writing Tales. We were using Writing Strands, but he's been getting more and more frustrated with it. The ability to be that creative is just beyond him right now and he's not liking it at all. I showed him Writing Tales and he flipped for it, more so than anything else we've looked at. We'll probably drop the Editor In Chief supplement, too.

Math: He wants to continue in MUS this year, going on to Epsilon.

Science: Chemistry!!! We're using NOEO as a base, but I found some awesome supplements like an interactive periodic table, build your own elements, and cards breaking down common objects into the elements they're made of. Very cool. He also wants to continue in geology and wants to learn about electricity, so we'll be getting a lot there, too.

History: SotW for our last year.

Foreign Language: Latin's Not So Tough! It was a nice introduction this year and he got really comfortable with the basic alphabet. It's nice to see him interested.



There are a lot of books he wants to read this year, and one I am picking out to make part of our curriculum - The Dangerous Book For Boys. The kid has been trying to make the transition from small child to tween, but he has trouble finding new interests to replace the old other than video games. I think going through a couple of the skills with him in this book will help him see the more that's out there and not feel so lost when computer time is up.
post #16 of 51
Not only have I been thinking about it, I have most of it bought!

DD will continue with (modified) Apologia Biology and Teaching Textbooks Math 7 since she hasn't finished either one. She's almost done with Sonlight Brit Lit and I have most of the books for American Lit ready. I didn't get the IG though so I may have to pick that up if I can't find another resource. I have Lifepac civics as well, we are picking and choosing through those workbooks as a way to cover American government which will be supplemented with Lies My Teacher Told Me.

DS is finishing Sonlight Science 3 and I have most of Science 4 ready. He would like TT Math 4 but that will have to wait for now. He is still making his way through Horizons Math 3 as well as several other math workbooks he picked out at WAl~mart and Barnes and Noble. He's been doing Phonics at school but I'll have to take that over next year as they decided they aren't letting homeschoolers use the school resources anymore I'm waiting until his last IEP to get anything though in case they offer some suggestions. He's requested more Holling C. Holling books and more Graphic Novels of classic stories so we'll get those as $ allows.

I am going to try and get both of them to work more with Rosetta Stone Italian since we already have it. DD kind of dropped it and DS never tried it but I think he will like it.
post #17 of 51
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Originally Posted by theretohere View Post
Major planning here as well. I've re-evaluated some of our educational philosophy so that's thrown a monkey wrench in things because I'd already purchased things.
Right now I'm pretty firmly planning:
Miquon orange and red
McGuffey readers
McGuffey spelling
Cursive First

Other then that I'm so conflicted. We have Galloping the Globe, but I don't know if I want to pull all those resources together. I think we're doing general nature study but I'd love to find a text to guide us.
I think my problem is I read too much. There's always something new and exciting.

ohhhhhhhh yes
post #18 of 51
I've already ordered most of our stuff for next year.
post #19 of 51
i have everything ordered for next year for the most part. i am still thinking about ordering "daily grams" as a grammar program for my dd. i'm undecided though, but i've got plenty of time to make a decision. otherwise - i think i'm good to go. the only other thing i'm *trying* to do is organize our many books by subject/topic - that way we can utilize them in a less random way than we currently do.
post #20 of 51
I've ordered a few things already, SOTW Vol 4 and Wordly Wise..... but what I REALLY need to do is sort through my giant wish list on Amazon & narrow down what we will actually have TIME to do!

My son will be in 6th grade next year. He needs more writing skills & critical thinking prompts. I STILL have no idea what we're going to use for the writing skills.... gotta research that some more. :

We do a structured, eclectic thing here, CM inspired.

Next year I'll also have a 4 yr old preschooler so I want to begin trying to figure out how to homeschool more than one kid at a time. So far the idea freaks me out.
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