Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Homeschooling Meme

Courtesy of Tammy at Aut-2b-Home, I present you with a homeschool meme!

1. One homeschooling book you have enjoyed -

I especially enjoyed reading For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauley. In fact, I think I need to read it again as a refresher.

2. One resource you wouldn't be without -

The internet. If I had to, I could completely educate my children using the internet (and many of those resources would be free!)

3. One resource you wish you had never bought -

Sadly enough, the Well-Trained Mind book. As much as I love it and it resonates with me, it has set me up to feel that it is the gold standard and anything less than that one particular brand of classical education is not good enough. It's not the book's fault, not the authors' faults, strictly me. And it has caused me more than enough grief in my 9+ years of home education.

4. One resource you enjoyed last year -

RightStart Mathematics, Level B. This curriculum connected with Reece and she was finally able to understand math. I wish I had been able to use it for the big kids!

5. One resource you will be using next year -

I am assuming they mean the school year we are currently working on. If not, I have to answer this way anyway because I simply can't think of next year yet! LOL Since Austin's science class got canceled, I found an online resource for Physical Science. The instructor is a local math and science teacher and he offered a trial of the class for free online. Austin responded well to it so I purchased the entire DVD set. This same instructor offers Pre-Algebra videos online for free. He has higher level math courses and a physics course that can be taken in person in the Atlanta area, or as an online course. I am fairly certain that Riley will be doing her math through him at some point.

6. One resource you would like to buy -

Honestly, I don't want to buy anything right now. I am overloaded with curricula and options. I just want to feel confident in using what I have on hand in the best way that I can!

7. One resource you wish existed -

Something like Ambleside, but where the books are more modern. If it could also be set up so that the entire family was on the same history time period, that would be nice. And since I'm dreaming here, it would have detailed guidance on what to expect at each level in terms of oral and written narrations, etc.

8. One homeschool catalog you enjoy reading -

I used to love to read the Sonlight catalog but they changed it this year. I guess I will hold on to my last copy for dear life!

9. One homeschool website you use regularly -

Simply Charlotte Mason because it has the clearest explanations of Charlotte Mason's philosophies. I do not always follow all of her suggestions, but I do appreciate the ease with which she breaks down Mason's ideas.

10. Tag six other homeschoolers -

I don't know any others that haven't already been tagged by Tammy, but if you're a homeschooler and you're reading my blog still (God bless you! LOL), then do this meme and please comment so I can go read it!

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