As a homeschooling mom, I have some advantages that many other moms don’t have. For example, for the past few weeks, moms have been getting up early to get their kids ready for school and on the bus. I, however, have been enjoying a few hours to myself in the mornings, getting things done while my kids sleep in. After all, since we’re homeschooling, I get to decide when we start the school year.
Because we didn’t finish last year’s homeschooling session until mid-July, I wanted to make sure that my kids got some kind of summer break. It really wouldn’t have been fair to them if I had decided to start homeschooling in early August after just ending a few weeks earlier. So, while our entire area has been back to school for over 6 weeks now, we haven’t even started. But, man, have we been enjoying our break!
Soon, though, that will change. I’ve ordered the homeschooling curriculum, and we’re getting ready to start the new year. This is only our second year homeschooling, and I am really, really excited about getting things going again.
For Zander and Ashley‘s homeschooling curriculum, I’m going with Christian Liberty Academy’s CLASS program. I absolutely love this program. It’s what we used last year, and what I knew we’d go with again this year. It’s pretty pricey, at $760 for the 2 of them, BUT, it’s worth every penny. They do all the record keeping, grading, progress reports, and report cards. I just have to put together lesson plans, teach the lessons, and grade the daily work. I’m a busy mom. I needed a homeschooling program that would work with me, and this fits us perfectly.
For Jace and Lucy, I’ll be using Itty Bitty Bookworm’s BO curriculum. Technically, Jace is ready for kindergarten. But, in Georgia, kids have to turn 5 before September 1st before they can enter kindergarten. Jace’s birthday is on September 2nd. So, even though I’ve gone before the school board, they will not allow me to put him into kindergarten, or use a KG level homeschooling program at home. The only way I can fight it now is to take it to the Georgia Supreme Court, and I don’t have the money to hire a lawyer to help me fight. Looks like we’ll be doing preschool. But, I wanted a preschool curriculum that was advanced enough that it would help him start to learn to read, and one that I could advance as I felt necessary. I also needed one that would be easy enough for Lucy to catch on to. This one fits the bill on both levels. It’s advanced enough that I can get Jace on the right track for kindergarten next year, and it’s perfect for Lucy at her level as well. Plus, if Jace happens to outgrow this curriculum, I can still use it for Lucy – and I’ve got all of Zander’s Kindergarten materials from that I can use for him.
For Parker, I’ll be using the Itty Bitty Bookworm’s BAILEY homeschooling curriculum. While technically it’s for 18 – 36 month olds, and Parker will only be 12 months old next month, it’s simple enough that I can break it down into easier bites for him. Do I expect miracles to come from this homeschooling program? Will I be using every single part of this curriculum for my 12 month old? Of course not. But, I do want Parker to feel included, and to have something to do while I’m working with the other kids. It’ll be a great way to keep him occupied. (I hope!)
I’m really excited about getting back into our homeschooling routine. My kids aren’t. They’d like to stay on “summer break” all year long. But, once we get back into it, and now that we’ll have all of the kids on their own level curriculum, I think this year is going to go GREAT.
Now, I just need the homeschool curriculum to get here!
Adapted from this post on my WTE blog.