Thursday, May 10, 2012

Curriculum Love, Mailbox Love!

We've been buying new curriculum for next school year:  Physics, Advanced Mathematics, Geometry, World History, Government, Economics, Language Arts units, and a new Geography set.  Some of the items are new subjects my oldest is tackling, and some are replacement curriculum so my second oldest can try something different. It's exciting (and sometimes daunting) to see the stacks growing on the dining room table.  It's definitely mailbox love as we wait each day to see what's arriving!

16 yo A is looking at the stack for her senior year and feeling a bit overwhelmed, but also excited.  We still need to find some art history resources for her, but I think we have everything else ordered.  15 yo R is going into her sophomore year.  She was the one who asked me to move away from our literature-based methods and let her switch completely to textbooks for high school.  After we did that this past year for R, A began to wish we'd done it sooner for her. 

Our original high school curriculum plans have been set aside as we are transitioning to new methods for them. Since we've used Tapestry of Grace, and its main focus is the high school years, I'm not sure what to do for the younger kids now.  To be honest, I'm not a fan of TOG for the youngest kids. I like it for grades 3-8 best.  It's hard in high school to find all the right resources, unless you order them new from the company, which is expensive.  But if I'm not using it for high school, and I'm not using it for K - 2nd grades ... should I keep using it for grades 3 - 8?

I still need to pick up some language arts units for A and R for high school, and since they have those selected already, I may end up having to buy the specific units new later this summer.  I will also be placing an order for handwriting and math workbooks for the younger kids.  And 11 yo J needs a grammar workbook, but the one we used to use was changed so I'm going to need new teacher's manuals to go with it.  I need to figure out if we want to buy a whole new set of  Easy Grammar, or switch to something else for him. Oh, and we'll need a lab kit for Physics and possibly Physical Science this summer, too.  But the majority of our needs, and the expenses, are already taken care of.  That's a relief!

I can't believe that at the end of next year, I'll be graduating my first student.  Next year will be busy as she applies to colleges and tries to figure out the finances of attending college.  We still have so much to do before then, but we just have to trust that God will lead the way. 


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