Ahh...Spring. Do you hear that? No it's not the sounds of birds chirping or children once again free to run in the yard. It's homeschooling mothers around the world worrying and fretting over next year's curriculum choice.
Was it the right fit last year?
Would something else work better?
Boxed? Unit study?
Reading, and writing, and math, oh my!
What do I do???
Just when the weather becomes bearable to be outside I end up spending my free time searching the internet reading reviews and comparing prices.
This past year was a wonderful year. Last year Ms. Q asked for a more structured school day instead of the student interest led unit studies and lapbooks we were doing. I readily agreed and after some research decided we would try Sonlight.
It was the most enjoyable year so far for both of us. I didn't need to spend hours researching and preparing lessons and Ms. Q really enjoyed all the books scheduled. So you're probably wondering why I would be stressed this year over curriculum? Well because although we loved our year with Sonlight there were some thing that just didn't work for us. Now, no curriculum is perfect. I know that. But I really think there might be something that could be an even better fit. I may end up going with Sonlight again next year (or even go back after trying something else) but here is what I'm considering for next year:
Pandia Press History Odyssey - Early Modern, Level 1
Noeo Science Biology II
Spelling and Grammar:
Soaring with Spelling and Vocabulary - level 4
Math U See - Gamma
ARTistic Pursuits - Grade 4-6 Book 1
I'm not sure what I want to use for Reading (literature) or writing. I'm thinking of using Lesson Pathways Language Arts pathways to mix and match the reading books to create a curriculum to fit Ms. Q's needs. Each of the literature selections they have has language arts and writing assignments you can choose.
Well, what do you think? Any other suggestions I should consider?