Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: In the middle of nowhere, at the centre of everything.
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I second what mntnmom says. A smooth transition doesn't mean continuing the same sort of routine and curriculum as at school. It doesn't mean quickly and seamlessly establishing a routine for school at home. A smooth transition means taking time to revel in the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling, so that you and your ds really come to appreciate the differences between it and school. Because really, that's what will ignite your passions and get you creatively inventing learning approach that will work even without the support and structure of an institution. Go to the pool, or go out for ice cream or hot chocolate. Spend a day hiking and photographing along a nature trail. Check out a Children's Museum or Science Discovery Centre. Bake muffins an visit an elderly friend. Try out some funky science experiments. Start growing a garden. Have a home movie marathon.
I don't have any experience with Abeka, so I can't help with specifics. I will say that my curriculum-buying principle is to never buy anything until it's clear that it will fill an consistently identified need. And that principle has never steered me wrong. I'd suggest not buying things "in case you might need them," especially not this early in the game.
Welcome to the adventure. Have fun!
Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups