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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's That Time of Year!

I visit, off and on, a couple of homeschooling message boards, and it is that time of year once again - everyone is talking about their curriculum choices for fall... what they'll be buying, should they get this or that, and so on.

There are a few things I plan on buying with my upcoming tax refund, and a couple I am not sure about. Much of what we'll be using this fall is simply what we're using now!

Books/Literature:
Between the titles from A Picture Perfect Childhood and the Core Knowledge Trade Books list, plus my own list, I think we have plenty of choices for reading, so nothing to buy there! I do have the goal of reading through The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but we own those already.

Math:
I do have to buy some math stuff, namely more Life of Fred books. I buy these on an as needed basis.

Language Arts:
I am not buying anything in this category. I already own Primary and Intermediate Language Lessons; Winston Grammar; English From the Roots Up; Getting Started With Latin; Igniting Your Writing; The Paragraph Book #1; The Natural Speller; Comprehensive Composition; and probably a few more I am forgetting about. Wait... I might buy some more Explode the Code books, but then again if The Girl's reading really takes off, I probably won't.

History:
We'll be continuing with K12's Human Odyssey. When we finish volume 1, I will want to buy volume 2. I am slowly collecting the World in Ancient Times set, second-hand, and the World in Medieval & Early Modern Times. At some point, I might buy Volume A of The Concise History of US by Joy Hakim, to complement the K12 books. My big internal debate is this...

Project Passport: The Middle Ages

If I buy it, will we use it? It looks like fun, but it also looks like possible busy work. I'll have to think on this one some more.

Science:
I'll be continuing with good books and correlated hands-on, and of course, random hands-on as well. I think we might buy, for this spring, some ladybug larvae, caterpillars, praying mantis eggs... things of that sort, but no curriculum. Maybe a family membership to the California Academy of Sciences?

Other:
Art supplies are high on my list. I have a three-drawer dresser in my dining room that I would love to turn into an art supply center!

I think that's it. We'll need supplies along the way for science, any history projects, etc., but no actual curriculum materials, unless you count Life of Fred!

3 comments :

  1. Noooooooooooooooooo! I'm not ready to think about next year yet!!!!!!!!

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  2. Project Passport looks interesting, but I know I never seem to get around to the paper crafts. Instead you should maybe look for just 2 or 3 good hands-on activities from around the web, and buy the supplies before the start of the year so you're ready to go. Just a couple worthwhile projects that get done are so much better than a bunch of busywork that makes you feel guilty for not getting around to it. ;)

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  3. To get you started: Clay Gargoyles!!! :)

    http://www.kinderart.com/sculpture/gargoyles.shtml

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