It’s that time of year again! My social media feeds are full of the cutest kids going back to school. For us, it means, cheap art supplies!! Woohoo!
AND for me…it means, trying out new curriculum. I may or may not have a book obsession (Amazon and Hoopla are my personal friends), but when it comes to curriculum for homeschooling, I absolutely adore it. We have used ABeka in the past, and I do strongly recommend it for phonics. But, many of the ABeka books that I used in grade school are the exact same as they are now…um, even the pictures of kids are from the 80s/90s. Not cool, ABeka.
We are trying out Saxon for math and The Story of the World history series by Susan Wise Bauer. I purchased the Volume 1: Ancient Times for this year; we have focused mainly on United States history with our kids as we get to travel around the US quite frequently. However, the sample of the ancient times book caught my eye on Amazon. I think we can jump back in time quite effortlessly. (Time travel, anyone?)
If you haven’t read anything by Susan Wise Bauer, it may be worth your time to do a little research. She is the product of a homeschool education. She and her mother co-wrote The Well Trained Mind. Originally, I found her book at the library and since then, I have purchased a copy to be an aid to our homeschool experience. She offers tremendous reading lists for students of all ages in her book as well as easy to follow instructions for a classical education.
Next up…Saxon Math. This is the first time that I have tried this math curriculum at all. I have had no experience with it, but I do know that homeschooling parents consider this math text to be the creme de la creme of math resources. We’re going to give it a go!
I will do a follow up post on how we did with these new changes to our home education. I know that my daughter is a bit hesitant with the math. “It looks tricky,” she said when she looked through the text book. Somehow, she has decided that math is too tricky for her…ha! She’s as smart as a whip, and she will have no problem with this. I know that she always has to be challenged or she is immediately bored. Jensen is the same way. Mike and I always have to change things up to keep up with them! (Smarties!)
Here’s to a new year…whether you homeschool or not. I sincerely hope it’s full of wonderful memories for you and your kids. (If you have used either of these texts before, I would love to hear from you!)