It's hard to believe that Fall is just around the corner, which means that school is also just around the corner! We are excitedly gearing up for Sam's first grade year. Before we went to Ohio, I had started thinking about buying curriculum. I knew that I really wanted to buy Sonlight Core K, but with Jim's work being slow, we just didn't have the money to buy it new. So, I started looking at used options. Prior to this, whenever I had looked at used curriculum, I had ended up discouraged because it looked like I was going to have to piece together so much. A few books here, a few books there . . . it would be a lot of work just to get the whole core, doing it that way. It might save a little money, but seemed like such a headache. Well, I decided to check again on Sonlight's used curriculum forum. Lo and behold, I found a lady who was selling almost her complete Core K. It's from 2006, so some of the books have changed since then, but that wasn't a problem because she threw in her old instructor's guide, too. AND, she also generously threw in a bunch of science stuff, including books and a DVD! The complete core (minus readers, which I'm going to get from the library--as well as using some that I already have) cost just over $100, including shipping. What a huge blessing!! When we got home from Ohio, this package was waiting for us at the post office:I was so excited to open it and look everything over! Here are the books that were inside (plus another book which I am borrowing from a friend, and the Writing With Ease instructor text):
There was also a huge binder with the IG and another binder with some worksheets, which I didn't include in the picture. Hooray! It's so thrilling to have the Core and the IG ready to go.
Next, I needed to order the other subjects: math, handwriting and language arts. I decided to order math (Singapore 1A&1B) from Sonlight, since I had a 10% discount if I ordered from them (because I ordered a core from them last year, which gave me a 10% discount plus free shipping on every order for the next year. About a day before I planned to order, I received a $10 coupon code from Sonlight, which really filled me with excitement--now the math curriculum was only costing me around $35 instead of $45! Yay!
Last week I ordered the rest of what I needed from Amazon: A Reason for Handwriting, Manuscript A, and First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind:Level 1. I was able to find the handwriting book from Amazon "warehouse deals" for a few dollars less than regular price (the cover has a wrinkle). Score again! The language arts book isn't available yet (not till mid-late September) so we will just start that a little later. I plan to use Writing with Ease as part of our language arts program, also. My sister-in-law blessed me by passing on her copy of the teacher's guide, which she wasn't using. I plan to make up my own writing lessons using that (at this point, anyway--I may go ahead and buy the student book later, if it turns out to be too much of a hassle to make up my own lessons). We will also continue with his lessons in The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading.
And I think that's all! It looks like a lot when it's all written out like this, but we won't do everything every day. Handwriting, for instance, will probably only be 2 or 3 days per week. And I'm only planning to do school 4 days a week, which I'm sure will make Sam very happy. :)
In closing, I wanted to share a link to this post by Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking, listing her family's top reasons for choosing to homeschool. I thought this was a really excellent post, and well worth reading!
**So, how are the rest of you homeschoolers doing? I'd love to hear about your plans for the coming year! :)**