New Home School Year
It’s that time of year again, the beginning of the school year!
School supplies…new pencils, erasers, markers, pencil crayons…please tell me I’m not the only one that looks forward to new school supplies or gets excited about sparkly coloured pens!!
I love shopping for new curriculum and the planning that goes along with a new school year, BUT as exciting as it can be, it can also be overwhelming.
6 years into homeschooling my children and I still find it overwhelming at times. There are so many curriculums and programs out there and everyone has an opinion. Sometimes opinions and finding out what other people use and why, can in fact be helpful, but sometimes it adds to the confusion.
When I first started homeschooling I had a bit of an idea of what curriculum I wanted to use and why. I chose a company (ACE School Of Tomorrow) I was familiar with (I had used it as a child) and they are Biblically based, which is important for my husband and I.
ACE (School Of Tomorrow) is also a complete program, from learning to read-grade 12, math, language arts, Bible, socials and science.
As much as I love the idea of planning each days lessons for each child, realistically I needed a program that was already mapped out. If I relied on my own abilities and available time (what is that !!??) to put together a program, meanwhile, also running a home, a business, chasing a toddler and teaching 3 different grade levels, we may have had A LOT of "vacation" days.
Can any other homeschool mamas relate?
For those of you moms out there that do plan your child’s school year without following any particular curriculum, my hat’s off to you. Well done!
Another thing that was also important to me, was a program that enabled my children to work fairly independently from grade 2 and on, once they are a strong reader. With their weekly academic goals planned out, they know what is expected of them on a daily basis. We don’t have the “what pages do I do in such and such?” “What book do I do next?” etc.
This year we have switched things up a bit and will be adding a different math program (Math U See) as well as adding some supplementing resources to our other subjects, particularly Social Studies and Science.
We have accumulated so many amazing book resources over the years that my kids love to read again and again. So this year we will be doing projects (this was one of our favourite projects) as a group using these resources to supplement their workbooks. I’m excited to shake things up a bit this year and have fun with the kids.
How do you choose your curriculum?
My suggestion is to decide what are the top 3 most important aspects to you when it comes to curriculum and then compare a couple of different options before purchasing.
What about you, are you excited about the new school year?