I remember not too long ago when I was suffering burnout so badly I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through the next homeschooling year. There was no way I was looking forward to starting a new year.
It’s a testament to our curriculum that I was so excited to start our school year this year. We’ve been at it for almost two weeks now and things are going great! I couldn’t be happier with our homeschool curriculum choices.
I totally credit Trail Guide to Learning with starting the turn-around over a year and a half ago. Although it’s an all-inclusive curriculum, we’ve added a bit and made some tweaks due to my kids’ learning styles and their strengths and weaknesses, along with the fact that we wanted to give a couple of things a test-run before starting high school again next year. Really? How can that be?
Along with solid, well-fitting curriculum choices, having assignment sheets is working out unbelievably well for Josh and Megan this year. Everything that they can do independently (math, grammar, Bible study, reading, and some extracurricular assignments) go on that sheet, along with notations of assignments that we’ll be working on as a family.
The daily lesson plan/worksheets that I found to go with Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science (see our curriculum page for the link) have made science easy and fun. There is a sheet for each day with the reading assignment, space to define vocabulary words, and room to answer the “On Your Own” questions. There are also lab sheets for each lab assignment. Awesomeness!
So, if you want to know what we’re using this year, why we’ve added and tweaked where we have, and what’s working for us, visit our 2013-2014 curriculum page. Be ready to link yours up tomorrow with a special curriculum link-up edition of the Weekly Wrap-Up.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.