While the kids have been at VBS this week and last, I've had time to myself! I've spent most of the time painting the kids rooms, which is a peaceful and quiet activity that provides lots of time to reflect and think about things. One of those things that I always tend to think about this time of year would be our plans for the next school year. And while I was thinking, one thing became abundantly clear:
I can't do all I had planned for next year. (3 separate complete plans, one for each child, and very few with any sort of direction as far as teacher helps)
So I've been pondering as I paint, trying to figure out what to do. And this evening after I finished painting the girls' room, I came up with a very workable plan (with the help of a friend!).
I'm going to use Sonlight again, using a core over a year and a half. Basically speaking, I'll be using their Core 6 and 7 (which is world history) over 3 years, which will take me up to high school for Austin. Just typing that out freaks me out a little bit!
Many of the SL books are in the various CM friendly book lists, but by using SL I will have an Instructor's Guide with summaries of the books, as well as a schedule/framework to assist me in planning. SL Core 6 and 7 use the Story of the World series as one of the spines, which will allow Reece to sit in on as much as she can, but I'm not really concerned about how much history she comprehends at this age!
I went ahead and placed my order this evening, so I wouldn't be tempted to think this to death, or to be swayed by reading too many comments! It sort of feels like coming home to be using Sonlight again. We used it when we first began homeschooling, but I switched away from it (and back to it) several times because I didn't think it was "enough" to just read and talk about books. With what I have learned from CM, I know that it will be more than enough!
I am going to have the children reading more of their books than Sonlight would suggest, because I do believe that is important, and the slower pace will allow for that! Also, Austin and Riley will be sharing readers, but they will be doing that on their own as well and narrating to me independently.
I'm really excited about our new school year now! I think this plan is much more workable than what I had originally decided upon! There are only so many hours in the day!