I think one of the hardest parts of homeschooling, it picking which curriculum is best. The past few years we used Switched on Schoolhouse. I liked the curriculum in the most part, but I did have a few issues with it. This year we went a different route because of money reasons. If we had the money to do Switched on Schoolhouse we probably would have. Instead we are going to do part Spectrum and part unschooling.
We went to Staples today and got a large portion of her schooling, I wish they would have had a bigger selection of the Spectrum books. I got her Reading, Math, and Test prep. We also got her things for art. When I got home I went ahead and ordered a few more things from Staples that they have online, but not in the store. That was the Spectrum Spelling and Grammar books as well as handwriting. With Switched on Schoolhouse she didn’t get much hand writing practice so this year we will be doing a lot of focus on that.
Music will be taught by my husband, and Science and History will all be taught unschooled. More hands on and seeing then anything. She will still be tested on the things we teach her, but we will not be using a book. I feel a child learns better when they can actually experience it, instead of having to cram everything in based on what the book tells you.
I also have her all enrolled into the school that we have been in for the past few years. I will be recording her grades from when we were in Michigan and we will be all set to go. I know I am feeling a bit better about this school year, and I can tell she is too. Now I need to get a nice library of books that are good for her to read and we will be set.
I was thinking about getting her some of the Diary of a Wimpy kid, and the Judy Moody books. Those are books that will keep her reading because they interest her.
Are you home schoolers? What are somethings you are doing this year to make learning fun?