The Search Is On

It is that time of year again. Home Education Mom’s everywhere are recieving new catalogs in the mail, email offers, as well as attending conferences and conventions. These moms are on the hunt. No, not for big game to feed their families with, but rather the hunt for their next great home schooling curriculum and hopefully at a really great bargain!

I am not immune to this phenonmenon. I imagine the boost to the economy is great, but perhaps that is my own puffed up opinion of how much influence home educators have in this country.  😉 “What’s all the fuss about?” you might ask if you are not a home educator yourself. This is the time of year when we are responsible for having school assessments of our children’s work. For the state I live in, I have 2 options in order to accomplish this. 1) Submit the results from a standardized test. 2) Have a portfolio of the child’s work reviewed by a certified public school teacher.  I choose option 2. Once this review is completed, I send the documentation to the school district along with a list of planned curricula for the next year. So before I notify my local school district of my intent to home educate in the coming academic year, I need to know what I plan to teach. That is why the hunt is on.

Little man is reaching an education milestone. By the time school should begin next fall, he will have completed Elementary Math. The Math Curriculum I currently use, doesn’t offer material past 6th grade, so I am in the process of researching ‘what’s next?’ Should I go with Singapore, Saxon , Horizon’s or Life of Fred? Should I proceed to pre-algebra or geometry? Should I just skip straight to algebra if I feel that he would not need the  prep of pre-algebra?
Oh so many unanswered questions regarding math.

Since I am on the hunt for new math, I might as well re-think all other areas of learning as well. I personally love the idea of Unit Studies. This is where all areas of learning, with the usual exception of math, is learned from the study of one unit or topic.  I’m looking at a few different history unit studies. They would incorporate vocabulary, literature, history, science, grammer etc. But the question is…”Is this the right type of study for my memorization thinker! ” I just am not sure.

So next week I am going to convention in the hopes of learning more, getting encouragement and finding that ever elusive perfect all-in-one packaged curricula. I doubt I will find such a thing. My son doesn’t follow grade levels so I have to adapt each subject to his level and style. Yet, a girl can dream can’t she?

4 Replies to “The Search Is On

  1. Good luck with your search. I did not homeschool my children but if I was young and had small children I would. I worked with some children a few years ago and the Saxon math was being used at that time and I liked it. I know nothing about the others. You have a lot of big decisions to make.

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