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#1 of 10 Old 08-31-2009, 03:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Sometimes I just get overwhelmed with the amount of material there is to choose from and all of the resources available to homeschoolers. When I find something good it usually leads to at least five or more good ideas and so on. I must have well over 100 things bookmarked online and a long list of blogs to check out and the list seems to grow every week. I need to just pick one and stick with it, but it is SO hard most days because I just want to do it all
I have tried to manage the amount of info by making nice organized lists of ideas/websites per age group so maybe that will work a little.
Sometimes it just makes me a little :
Hopefully I am not alone here

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YES I feel like I have so much to teach but so little time

Theres so much cook stuff out there

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There's also a lot of "cool" stuff out there, hehe!

Oh gosh, yeah I am OVERWHELMED, but in a happy-obsessive way. I stayed up until 4am today getting excited about our fall, and starting more of a classical curriculum in the spring. I'm picking out the last of the stuff to round it all out. I myself have always been a learning/knowledge geek, and I am thinking my dd might be the same way.

I only have one child so that makes it easier I suppose.

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I had to stop looking...LOL. And here we are unschoolers and I still want to do it all. There is so much stuff out there, so much more than when I started 16 years ago.

What helped me (pre-unschooling days) was to make a list of what I wanted to do for the week, usually on a Saturday or Sunday, and then find resources for the things we wanted to accomplish. This would include lesson plans, videos, worksheets, lectures, etc.
You could also do this for the month. I liked to do it weekly. This really helped me stay focused.

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Yes, definitely! My Amazon wishlist is ridiculously long and filled with great items that I just can't wait for the excuse to order. Don't even get me started on eNasco and Bob and Nancy's!

I think you nailed it when you said you feel like you just have to pick something and stick with it---I think that is right on. Sure, there's a "perfect" resource out there that is designed exactly for your child's learning style, but the one you have is probably just fine. At least, that's what I keep telling myself!

I'm basically making myself stick with our current plan til mid-year---I think that's long enough to tell what's working and what's not without being confused by normal humps and bumps along the way.

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Oh, yeah! As I slog through more it's getting better The best thing for me is that we homeschool in Spanish so that cuts way down on the games and curriculum etc options.

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You sound just like me. This is my first year homeschooling so I'm researching everything and I feel like my head is going to explode. We started last week and I'm still not done picking my curriculum. Sometimes I wish there wasn't so much to choose from. I finally think I found the right thing then I go read reviews and change my mind. Good luck!

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Yes, definitely! My Amazon wishlist is ridiculously long and filled with great items that I just can't wait for the excuse to order.
Amazon is evil!

I am this way at times but at this point I usually go with a lot of the same companies each year until we find we need something different. We use a mish-mosh of curriculum but I still like to browse catalogs and online sites just to see what is out there. I can't spend a lot of money on too much so it's mainly just looking for me.

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I use a packaged curriculum then just add/supplement whatever I want and that really helps me to not feel overwhelmed. It makes me feel in control. I have a plan, it's all layed out, books included, etc and yet I can feel free to try stuff or just go online and come up with something on a whim. I'm a new homeschooler and so I needed something like this and it's really been working well. I wasn't comfortable creating my own curriculum (though maybe someday I will be) yet I wanted the freedom to use things that appealed to me (or my child) so it was a good compromise.

I've also noticed that some stuff I bought that sat on a shelf that my daughter seemed to have no interest in suddenly became interesting to her so don't think something you bought was a waste of money if your child shows no interest.....you never know!

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Yes, definitely! My Amazon wishlist is ridiculously long and filled with great items that I just can't wait for the excuse to order. Don't even get me started on eNasco and Bob and Nancy's!

I can get "stuck" on amazon ... following this link to that link to this linkk ... it never ends.

I think you nailed it when you said you feel like you just have to pick something and stick with it---I think that is right on. Sure, there's a "perfect" resource out there that is designed exactly for your child's learning style, but the one you have is probably just fine. At least, that's what I keep telling myself!

I'm basically making myself stick with our current plan til mid-year---I think that's long enough to tell what's working and what's not without being confused by normal humps and bumps along the way.
my oldest is only a little under FOUR and I can have panic attacks about "missing" what would be perfect for him.

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