Lots of Questions About Resources:: A Homeschooling Meme
The amazing Grace at Our Field of Little Flowers tagged me for this meme ...
Of course I am way behind on blogging and you are probably wondering what is going on over here and why I am returning to blogging with a meme of all things. Well, because it's easier! Easier than updating everyone on our camping trip to the North Shore and resuming school and all the little ways our children are growing and changing.
I will get to all that eventually but this post was a little easier to prepare while listening to music practice. Yes, although I used to get offended when my clarinet professor read the newspaper during my lesson, I now multitask while my kids practice piano and violin. This is not the Suzuki way. Shhhhh - don't tell their teachers!
Anyway . . .
One homeschooling book you have enjoyed::
One? Ha, ha, ha.
In the early years: You Are Your Child's First Teacher.
A little after that: Sally Clarkson's Educating the WholeHearted Child and Elizabeth Foss' Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home. (there is a new edition of the Whole Hearted Child on my wish list).
What I eventually (after meandering through Waldorf and Charlotte Mason inspired approaches) modeled our curriculum after: Berquist's Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum.
Currently exploring: Carol Barnier's books.
One resource you wouldn’t be without::
Well, I have to agree with Grace that an internet connection is invaluable. In fact I am intrigued by the idea of using an iPad with apps for homeschooling fun and exploration, or getting one for the coffee table so we can cuddle on the sofa while we surf.
An even more valuable resource would have to be my husband. There is no way I would or could homeschool without his support. He totally supports what I am doing, lets me make most of the curriculum choices and is generous with the education budget. Even though he does not take over teaching any subjects, he is always the answer man when the kids have questions, the comedian when we need humor and takes over doing the dishes when I am too tired at the end of a day (even if I am tired for a year or two). He puts in extra hours at home to help out instead of spending lots of extra time at the office or taking on side jobs for extra money.
One resource you wish you’d never bought::
Lots of wooden Montessori manipulatives. I paid too much for them, didn't really know how to properly use them, and now they just sit on the shelf.
One resource you wished existed::
A unit study for 1st grade based on Aesop's Fables - complete with narration of the stories, drawing the animals for art, studying the animals for science, poetry, biblical references for the lessons and virtues, and simplified versions of the stories in the form of phonics readers.
One more - I think someone should go into business selling boxed kits for Little Saints. I am so thankful to have all the weeks' supplies in ziploc bags ready to go, but would have paid $$ to have it all done for me.
One homeschooling catalogue you enjoy reading:
Emmanuel Books for sure. The Sonlight catalog gives me ideas of how to spice up geography with living books. I also keep the Veritas and ChistianBook.com catalogs for ideas.
One homeschooling website you use regularly:
Hmmm, I enjoy reading the 4Real and Well Trained Mind forums, though I seldom comment on either one because I feel like I have nothing new to contribute. Really, whatever question I have I just use the search feature first and come up with a wealth of information from previous threads. I have recently discovered two new collaborative blogs - Simple Homeschool and The Heart of the Matter and enjoy these quite a bit.
Thank you, btw, to those who have clicked book links and ordered something recently. A little Amazon credit came my way and it was most welcome!