You would think that with the end of the year approaching, and my energy and enthusiasm waning, that I would be thinking of anything but not thinking of curriculum.
However, with payment from my most recent contracted job I was able to order some of next year's curriculum. And, it's started arriving. It gets me so excited because, although we will be following the same basic structure in our homeschooling, the subjects will be so much meatier. Plus our main focus will be American History and I can't wait to dig deeper into it (since I snoozed through most history classes in my life.) Even Brynne's 2nd grade curriculum will be American History based. I can't wait to have my 9th grader and 2nd grader studying the same topics (at their own levels, of course.) Those two minds working tandem ought to make for an interesting year!
I'm also pumped up about Dawson switching to Teaching Textbooks for Algebra. He has been doing Life of Fred, and it was totally necessary when we switched to it from Saxon. However, last week he came to me and said that his math is too easy. He said it's not that it's too easy, it's just that there aren't enough practice problems. (Huh??? Did I hear that right? Did my 14 year old student who prefers minimal work say that he wants more work? I even asked him twice and he said, "yes!") After seeing that many homeschool moms, whom I admire, love Teaching Textbooks, I decided to look into it. I was pretty sold after watching the demos and was going to order a used set. But, then I saw that the new version coming out in July does automatic grading and gradebooking. For and extra $65?? Totally worth it to me! So I put in my pre-order.
How about you? Have you started purchasing next year's curriculum? What are you most excited about studying???