Even though we will pretty much do some year round schooling this year, our traditional year is pretty much coming to a close. This is a time to review what we’ve done, what works and what doesn’t work, and to decide what are goals are for the upcoming year.
This past year, I had the amazing opportunity to become a TOS Review Crew member and this has enabled me to try out curriculum that we might not have ever tried otherwise. Some of those have made enough of an impact to make my Top Curriculum Choices list for 2014.
I have used many different products by Notgrass and love every single one. This past year we did World History. I love that the curriculum includes writing assignments (English credit!) and short Bible studies too (Bible credit!). I actually have purchased America the Beautiful to use with my younger kids next year.
Logic of English
I was given the opportunity to review Foundations A recently. I have used other phonic curricula in the past – some I’ve really like and some not so much so. I really like Logic of English. You can tell it is written by someone with a passion to teach literacy. This first level was almost too basic for my son but I wanted to make sure there weren’t any gaps because I felt that there were some areas he still struggle with. I am trying to decide now between advancing him to Level B or purchasing Essentials which includes everything.
I like Apologia. I have used several of the levels, both for upper grades and lower. I love that it is written like a conversation to the student. It’s easy to follow, yet for challenging. I think it is very thorough and it is also Christian based which is very important to me.
I will forever be a fan of Konos. It was the first curriculum I ever fell in love with. And it’s the one that whenever we hit a slump, I will take a break and go back to. And remember why we love homeschooling and why I want my kids to enjoy homeschooling.
And the Best One Yet
Here’s the one you are waiting for. The one that will make your children beg to do schoolwork. The one that will make you love homeschooling so much that you will want to do it year round, even on weekends.
Are you ready for it? First, you have unrealistic expectations. There’s not a curriculum that can delivery those promises. I’m not going to give you the perfect curriculum recommendation. I’m going to free you. I’m going to give you permission to stop the search. And….I’m going to give you permission to change if what you are using simply is not working. Yes, sometimes you need to stick through the transition period. But you know what they say about beating a dead horse. Sometimes things just don’t work. There’s not a perfect curriculum, one size fits all kind of thing. But where there is, is a curriculum that will work for your family. And it might not be the one that everyone else is using. Or the one that spends the most advertising dollars. And you might even have to write it yourself. Just don’t be scared. The perfect curriculum is the one that works for you and your family.
Trying to decide what curriculum to use next year? Check out what some of my fellow TOS Review Crew members recommend.