So now we're starting the third trimester. And I'll be starting the my third trimester. And I'm getting nervous about next year. I mean, really? Homeschooling a 6th grader, a 5th grader, and a kindergartner while corralling a 2 year old with a newborn strapped to my chest? Isn't that the name of some new Fear Factor-esque reality show?
I'll be honest. So far I've been basically winging it. Both my older girls were advanced for their grade levels, so I decided that even if they didn't learn much this first year, we'd be okay. A worksheet here, some computer games there, and an impromptu discussion about Kim Jong Il followed by a random science experiment to round it all out. The end.
|witness: random science experiment|
There's the word I've been trying to get at: curriculum.
Despite my claims to the contrary thus far, the idea of a pre-planned curriculum is starting to look mighty tasty right about now (yes, everything makes me thinK of food. From delicious curriculum to delectable vacuuming....). And if we actually have the cash to make it happen, all the better!
So here's where I ask for some tips and advice from my fellow homeschooling mamas (and papas): What curriculum do you use and what do you love about it? Bonus points for links!
I love Charlotte Mason, unit studies and a bit of classical curriculum all mixed together. I do not love the idea of having to send in work or tests to be reviewed or corrected or approved by the curriculum gods in the sky. I love the idea of a traditional school year and a four day work week. I do not love peanut butter.
So what do you think? Lay it on me, folks!