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Anna posted this, and it looked fun. I'm still going to do a year-end wrap-up, though, going subject by subject thru what worked, what didn't, and what I had to tweak. Still, this is fun:


1. One homeschooling book you have enjoyed

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. I had NO idea that there were so many "schools" of homeschool; Classical struck a chord with me. Granted, I'm not as.....intense as TWTM lays out, but I use it as a springboard, and to make sure I'm covering everything the kids need to know.

2. One resource you wouldn't be without

Honestly? SG's old iPad. I never thought it would be used as much as it is - it's just so darn portable! It's used to play our Latin lesson, I use it during Art Appreciation to show the paintings we're studying, I use it for our Sarah and David Hebrew; we use the Apps to learn the States (Stack the States), World Geography (Stack the Countries), the Presidents (Presidents vs. Aliens); we watch NOVA episodes on it....it's just constantly in use during school. Yes, we could use the laptop - but it's not as portable (you can't really snuggle up on the couch to watch NOVA on the laptop. :lol:)

3. One resource you wish you had never bought

Hmmm. Christiana Latina (or whatever the name is) - it's Latin based on the Catholic Mass. Waste of $5, because I just could NOT make it work for us. I've been pretty lucky - I research stuff to *death* before I decide to buy, and I try to buy used whenever possible.

We had a miss with Navigating the Social World for Herself - it's designed for a group-type session, not really one-on-one. I'm trying to figure out how to tweak it to work for us....but I'm not upset I bought it.

4. One resource you enjoyed last year

We've enjoyed Getting Started with Latin. One of the sentences he uses (over and over!) translates to "we are farmers"...and both kids start in on the Farmer's Insurance jingle. :lol: We also enjoyed Shalom Sesame - although both kids will deny that profusely.

5. One resource you will be using next year

Same stuff we're using now - Apologia for Science, Singapore for Math...we'll be moving into Minimus for Latin in a month or so (Minimus is a mouse living in Vindolandia (Roman-controlled Britian); it's a comic-book in Latin with History woven in. It looks FANTASTIC - and I was able to score the teacher's manual for it (and its sequel), so we'll be doing the crafts and worksheets with it.

6. One resource you would like to buy

The Writer's Jungle by BraveWriter. It's for *me*, to help me teach the kids to write better. It's on sale right now at Homeschool Buyer's Co-op; I'm hoping it stays on sale until I can buy it next week. I also want to get some of their Literature Analysis units....we'll see.

7. One resource you wish existed

Hoo-boy. I dunno - I'm happy with what I have. Maybe something to help Himself actually make decisions. Give him more than 2 choices, and he's lost....

8. One homeschool catalogue you enjoy reading

I don't get any homeschool catalogues. I can't afford to buy stuff new, so a catalogue wouldn't do me any good.

9. One homeschooling website you use regularly

Besides Anna's and Ali's? :lol: The
Well-Trained Mind forums
. It's where I find out about various curriculums/books; I read what they say about them, then go hunting for them on eBay/half.com/Amazon/etc. They've saved me lots of $$$, and TIME. I've found websites with lesson plans on them, which has helped me tremendously (I can't plan as well as some people....I tend to either go too light, or bury the kids under too much reading. :sigh: Need to work on that!). It's cost me some, too - I just bought 5 more books to supplement our HS Latin (Wheelock's; I found it and the workbook at Half Price, then I found a lesson plan that uses them AND some supplements. :sigh: Still, I want the kids to be comfortable with Latin, so....I spent $40 and got all the supplements. They look interesting, at least - and *I* will be learning, too, so it's a good thing!), but overall, it's saved me a lot of headaches. Thanks to them, I knew which curriculum I wanted to avoid - and I don't believe in curriculum-hopping, the way some of those moms do. :shakes head: I needed to feel that it would work for us, from day 1. So far, we've done well.

10. Tag six other homeschoolers… in no particular order!

Nope. For one, I don't know 6 (or don't think I do. :grin:) And 2....if you wanna do it, do it. Just let me know - I wanna read! :lol:

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