That’s a super catchy title.
I looooove hearing about what curriculums families chose to homeschool with. To me – one of the best parts of homeschooling is searching for the right kind of lessons for both your teaching style and child’s learning/interests. I’ve spent a couple of months now deciding between a few. Of course the first was Five in a Row. I really like how heavily literature based they are, and we’ve used both the Five in a Row 1 and Before Five in a Row.
I also looked at Peace Hill Press, Sonlight, Abeka (I taught this at school), Memoria Press, and Oak Meadow. Each drew me in for different reasons. In the end, I kept going back to Memoria Press.
It’s a classical education based off the book The Well Trained Mind. I’ve been reading that since last year, and just fallen in love with the idea of how it works to educate your children.
As much as I loved Five in a Row, I need a regular routine and structure for this to be able to work for us. Yes, maybe as time passes I’ll be able to loosen the reigns and we’ll find a good flow, but right now I need our school days to be a lot like school. I loved that aspect of teaching, knowing what was coming next and having things in notebooks with a plan. Five in a Row needed me to be structured for it to work past the years we did it. I need it the other way around.
I love that Memoria Press has a strong phonics and reading program for kindergarten. Yes, Bella won’t be 5 until November but she’s already mastered the PreK material (both with Memoria and other curriculums) so we’re moving on. We’re skipping their recommended math for a more hands on approach with Saxon; all manipulative based. I’m not comfortable with her math being worksheet heavy so early on, and of all the programs I looked at Saxon seemed the best fit for her learning style.
Since she’s in a class setting to make friends and have fun outside of our home a few days a week, we plan on doing this in the afternoon. I don’t know how often or how much – we’re going to take it slow and work from there. The last thing I want is her hating school or feeling overwhelmed. And she still needs a lot of time to play by herself/outside/be with us.
I have some curriculum and the rest arrives Wednesday. So I’ve marked it on my calendar as Christmas in July – because that’s how it feels. I still remember having my teacher manuals and student workbooks given to me the years I taught and what a rush I got from that. I still have it.
That’s our plan for this year! Now we’ll see next September how much we stuck to it.
Where to find:
Memoria Press: The best price I’ve found of all the sites I searched for their curriculum was Rainbow Resource.
Saxon: You can pay far, far less than their site by looking on Ebay and homeschool swap groups on Facebook.
Questions? Just leave one in the comments and I’ll answer. xo