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post #21 of 51
I have no plans to stop what we have been doing over the summer - but next fall would have been when DS1 went to 1st grade. I'm in a state that does not require any curriculum or anything else to be turned in, but it's a good idea to have some sort of record keeping going on once your child is seven, in case you are ever "looked into". So next fall I am going to start record keeping for real, and also have a written plan for each subject area for each semester that we will follow very loosely. So I have started researching and writing the plan for the fall and winter. To date, I have not been very organized, and I am looking forward to feeling more organized and keeping track of what we do, what we read, and what he's learning. It's exciting
post #22 of 51
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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.
have you looked at Crital Thinking Company (website and catologe) they have some great grammer / writting and EXCELLENT critial thinking / logic stuff

we will be useing a lot of it
post #23 of 51
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I have no plans to stop what we have been doing over the summer - but next fall would have been when DS1 went to 1st grade. I'm in a state that does not require any curriculum or anything else to be turned in, but it's a good idea to have some sort of record keeping going on once your child is seven, in case you are ever "looked into". So next fall I am going to start record keeping for real, and also have a written plan for each subject area for each semester that we will follow very loosely. So I have started researching and writing the plan for the fall and winter. To date, I have not been very organized, and I am looking forward to feeling more organized and keeping track of what we do, what we read, and what he's learning. It's exciting
i keep a log / journal for theo now -- started it when he truned three. it is so fun to make notes and to observe. someday i will give it to him, well his wife when he has kids and it will be fun to look back.
post #24 of 51
I'm definitely thinking about next year.
I've been collecting books little by little for the next 2 years on paperback swap so I'm almost set for this year.

We'll be doing Ambleside Year 3
We're continuing with MUS

We're also continuing with Getting Started with Latin.
I'm adding Ann Voskamps's geography, the book I have is the holy lands.

I also have English for the Thoughtful Child to start.

I'm trying to decide if I want to do Apologia Science along with Ambleside Year 3. We enjoy it but it's a lot and Ambleside does have science especially included in Yr 3.
post #25 of 51
I'm always thinking about what might be next, but the only thing I've purchased for next year are for earth and space science books.

I do need to get on a more formal language arts program per ds' request. Also thinking about throwing in a little Latin, too.

We are using History Odyssey and NOEO science as a spine for everything except for earth and space, -- so will be covered in those areas for awhile. We're ok with math, I think. We've switched to Miquon and will either go back to Singapore or something else when Miquon runs out. I'll cross that bridge then.

I have to say that I love to look at curriculum, books, learning websites, etc. It's so much fun!

Why are so many of you buying curriculum now for next year? Am I wrong to think that there might be "back to school" sales for HS'ing material closer to the end of summer?
post #26 of 51
I am a Waldorf homeschooler, and definitely am thinking about second grade for fall for my oldest and Kindy for my youngest. I write my own day by day curriculum so I essentially have an open and go curriculum by fall for my own use, and I am so excited about all the wonderful things in second grade!
We will be doing Cherokee Native American Trickster Tales, lots and lots of math, fables, Saints, lots of animal studies and characteristics and nature stories and science from the natural world (always a big hit around here!), Jataka tales from India, knitting, sewing, hand dyeing with natural dyes, pennywhistle, gardening and more!
It is going to be such a fun year, I am feeling really enthused about it all and all the new skills we will be learning through these blocks! Woo-hoo!
post #27 of 51
I'm thinking about next year in that I'm excited that by the fall ds1 will be working on first grade subjects and ds2 will be doing kindergarten. Or not. I just love the freedom of a new year. Mainly, I'm looking forward to the back to school sales this summer where I'll stock up on paper, pencils, and art supplies. :
post #28 of 51
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Why are so many of you buying curriculum now for next year? Am I wrong to think that there might be "back to school" sales for HS'ing material closer to the end of summer?
I have to allow up to 12 weeks for delivery, especially smaller packages. We don't get mail too frequently here! Most sales I've seen so far are at the beginning of summer, but if I see a good deal in the fall I'll scoop it up...for next year!
post #29 of 51
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Why are so many of you buying curriculum now for next year? Am I wrong to think that there might be "back to school" sales for HS'ing material closer to the end of summer?
i usually buy used only. this year, i used our tax refund for everything. the price was right when i found it - so i bought it. i find it's easier to buy now then in the summer. that's when everyone is buying and it seems much more difficult to barter & find what i need for the price that i want.


oh, plus...i get to look at all summer long and feel familiar with it. hug it and stuff, lol. i love that too.
post #30 of 51
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Why are so many of you buying curriculum now for next year? Am I wrong to think that there might be "back to school" sales for HS'ing material closer to the end of summer?
ACtually I think most of the sales are during convention season which is April-May-June. I also like to go to the convention to order a lot of my curriculum because you often get discounts and free shipping and sometimes you can buy it there.
post #31 of 51
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oh, plus...i get to look at all summer long and feel familiar with it. hug it and stuff, lol. i love that too.
Oh, that too! I have a mini-stash already in my closet waiting for me. Everytime I get something new in the mail it comes down and I get to purr over it all and see what we still need...LOL

Day after Labor Day I'll arrange it all nice and neat with the schultute in the center and we'll start the day with exploring it all together.
post #32 of 51
I'm sort of new on this forum. I have already ordered my kids curriculum choices for next year.

I also purchased a couple of "extras" on amazon and other sites that I come across, but only used books.

I'm looking forward to some time off this summer as well! : I can't wait to get some down time. We plan to start back to school in late July or early August at the latest and get a head start. I'm pregnant and due in Sept so it should be an interesting fall semester.
post #33 of 51
Next year I'll have a kindergartner and a first grader. I've narrowed down my options... but I keep changing my mind.

Math - Either Rod & Staff, Math Mammoth or Singapore. I.can't.decide. We currently have Miquon, but I'd rather use that as a supplement, because it's driving me nuts.

Language Arts - I'm considering Learning Language Arts through Literature and lots and lots of wonderful books to read together.

Science - No clue. I'm thinking of just getting a big book of experiments and activities for them to do. DD1 is a big science geek, so I don't want to skip it altogether. But, I don't want to burn her out, either. Also, we'll be taking lots of trips to the aquarium and zoo and count it as science. Oh, and I'll probably invest in some Magic School Bus books and videos.

Foreign Language - Continuing with La Clase Divertida for Spanish, but on a more structured schedule.

Social Studies - I'm planning to cover Geography and a little bit of American History using picture books and field trips.

Art & Music - Maybe Artistic Pursuits or Artpacs for visual arts, plus looking through the "Come Look With Me..." series of books with them. For music, I want to take them to concerts of different musical styles and see what clicks with them. I might read some picture book bios of famous artists or composers if I can find some that are geared for younger kids.
post #34 of 51
Well, we school from Jan-Nov, so we are not starting much new this fall.

We will continue with GTG, Speedy Spanish Primer, A reason for Handwriting K and move on to A, and Childsize Masterpieces in Art.

We will probably have completed Singapore Earlybird and move on to 1A. We will finish Sing, Spell, Read, and Write and then start Learning Language Arts through Lit the Red book.

I already bought my unit study for next year (Jan) as well, we are doing Portraits of American Girlhood which uses the American Girls books. N really loves these books, so I thought it would be a good unit study for us.:
post #35 of 51
We've had a pretty good year, considering we had a new baby and all. My oldest will be in 4th grade next year, the middle one will be starting preschool, and the baby will be figuring out how to get into everything and developing his smile-and-distract techniques.
I think I've figured out a better organization plan- that's been our biggest challenge this year- DS is ready and able to do most of his schoolwork on his own, but running downstairs to get a supply I've forgotten leads to somehow forgetting to come back upstairs, and waking up to that great big stack of schoolwork on the table is a major motivation to dawdle with everything else. So I'm sewing up muslin bags for each subject, and will buy big baskets this summer, so each kid has his own basket of schoolwork to get through in the order they choose.
And I'm working on incorporating workbooks or textbook type supplies into the curriculum- DS is really into being able to mark progress, and work independently. Here's my list so far- I'm still working on it: 4th Grade.
post #36 of 51
Absolutely. I'm already ordering next years curriculum, and getting ready to attend a conference in my area. I don't think i ever stop preparing for the next school year. I am always pouring over reference materials and catalogs trying to figure out what to do next.

It's a never ending dilemma for me. :
post #37 of 51
I am so excited for next year! We tried public school this year and it didn't work out (and I must say, I'm really happy about that). I am really looking forward to not being tied down to a public school schedule anymore. I will have a 1st grader, 2nd grader and my dd will be 4...so we will be taking lots of field trips and having lots of fun.
post #38 of 51
We're also thinking about next year. Ds wants to stick with AmblesideOnline. So we're doing:

~ Ambleside Year 2
~ Social Spanish (LiveMocha online & other websites and books)
~ Drawing with Children (Mona Brookes)
~ Math U See (Gamma)
post #39 of 51
I'm starting to look at next year! I'm coming to terms with the fact that Waldorf, Chrlotte Mason, and classical curriculum all equally appeal to me, and I'm not quite sure what to do with that.

Also, I'm now moving into chartered territory! Because we put Michael into public school a few months into first grade (we pulled him out a few months into third) next year is the first year I'll be repeating a grade other than kindergarten. It will be my third time teaching kindergarten, my second time teaching third, and my first time teaching fifth.
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by yippityskippity View Post
Next year I'll have a kindergartner and a first grader. I've narrowed down my options... but I keep changing my mind.

Math - Either Rod & Staff, Math Mammoth or Singapore. I.can't.decide. We currently have Miquon, but I'd rather use that as a supplement, because it's driving me nuts.

Language Arts - I'm considering Learning Language Arts through Literature and lots and lots of wonderful books to read together.

Science - No clue. I'm thinking of just getting a big book of experiments and activities for them to do. DD1 is a big science geek, so I don't want to skip it altogether. But, I don't want to burn her out, either. Also, we'll be taking lots of trips to the aquarium and zoo and count it as science. Oh, and I'll probably invest in some Magic School Bus books and videos.

Foreign Language - Continuing with La Clase Divertida for Spanish, but on a more structured schedule.

Social Studies - I'm planning to cover Geography and a little bit of American History using picture books and field trips.

Art & Music - Maybe Artistic Pursuits or Artpacs for visual arts, plus looking through the "Come Look With Me..." series of books with them. For music, I want to take them to concerts of different musical styles and see what clicks with them. I might read some picture book bios of famous artists or composers if I can find some that are geared for younger kids.

We're major fans of the Magic Schoolbus here- and I have to say the best place to pick them up is ebay. We got a lot of like 30 of them in mint condition for $35!
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