Friday, April 12, 2013

Hard Year, New Hopes

This year has been the most difficult and frustrating homeschooling year yet.  I just struggled from the get go and never really got it figured out.  I ended up giving up on some of my plans in favor of just getting some basics done.  We've finally settled into a routine that's getting an acceptable amount of school done, but it is far from what I had envisioned.  Sometimes, you just have to called it "good enough."

That said, I have new hopes for next year, in part because we are able to afford getting our new curriculum early.  I spent this afternoon buying the bulk of next year's work.  Hopefully with the jump start,  I'll be able to get all of my planning done and next year will run more smoothly because of it.

I'm really excited with the new curriculum for the big kids.  We're moving into high school and much of what we are doing is new.  Some of our language arts is staying the same (Michael Clay Thompson for grammar, vocabulary, and poetry) and our math won't change (Math-U-See for Mika and Art of Problem Solving for Sam).  The rest is new, and I am excited about my choices and hopeful that they will work well.

The littles will be pretty easy in that they are working entirely with curriculum I've used before.  Josh has matured and learned so much; I'm hopeful he'll make the leap from just the basics of phonics, math, and handwriting for kindergarten to adding in spelling, language arts, science, and history in first grade.   Rather than disappoint Maddie for a second year, I'm actually buying her some curriculum too.

How are your plans for next year going?  What are you using again?  What are you excited to try out for the first time next year?

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