February 7th, 2012

Calvin: Faces

Homeschooling Year 1 in Review

Today, I want to go over our curriculum, not only for me, but for anyone who might be thinking about taking the plunge/who is using/thinking about using what we use. Usual disclaimer applies: what I use works for us, and we like it. While I don’t believe what some homeschoolers do (that some curriculum won’t work with some kids; I feel that you can tweak it to make it work for any kid), I do believe that everyone won’t like the same things. Choice is good! :lol: And – I don’t believe in curriculum-hopping. What I have is what we will use, so if I have to tweak it, I will. Thanks to spending HOURS online researching stuff before I bought it (mostly on the Well Trained Mind forums), I feel pretty good about our curriculum. Oh – I do believe in using textbooks. I know a lot of homeschoolers don’t, because they are “too dry” and “too school-like”…but I prefer them. I don’t have to try and find books on every little subject-within-a-subject; I KNOW what they are learning, and I know that they aren’t going to have gaps. I also know not everyone agrees with this – and I am OK with it. It works for us, and, ultimately, that’s what counts.

I wanted to add pictures…but it’s hard to make any of them “fit”…sorry. I might do a picture-post one of these days showing our school day. Maybe. :grin: I did try to link all the books - hope that helps!

So…this is gonna be long; let me put it behind the cut Collapse )

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