Friday, August 26, 2011

HomeSchooling off track before it has even started.

I wanted to start school this week but that didn't happen.  So my new goal is next week.  However, I have a huge problem with that. Yes, I admit I haven't finished ordering my curriculum.  I got overwhelmed with moving, and with initial paperwork to commit to Nellie and school got put on the back burner.  So this weekend I am going to finish ordering school stuff.  I am trying a new approach to school this year.  I'm hoping it is going to be great.  I have done all the research and have decided to give Sonlight a try.  I want my kids to love learning and for our family A beka just wasn't working for us.  I think Caleb felt overwhelmed with worksheets last year.   I purchased Switched on Schoolhouse for Zachary last year and by the end of the year we both were pulling out our hair.  It was just to independent for us and not enough review to learn concepts well.  Then he wasn't reading and writing as I would have liked.  Then there was grammar, and we were both in tears by the end of the year.  Let's just say that grammar is not my strong area, and Zachary takes after me.  In fact, Dan took over in that area about half way through the school year. 

Having taught in the public school system I felt when I started homeschooling I had to do school the same way that the public school did.  What I have come to realize is that I only have 4 students not 30 and school can be completely different.  So I decided that maybe a literature based program would work out well for us. So I decided on Sonlight after several people recommended it. So here we go on a new adventure especially now that Noah is in the mix.  I can't believe all my boys are in school. How did that even happen??  They just grow way to fast.


  1. Hi there! Hope you enjoy Sonlight. I'd love to try it one of these years if the budget ever allows it. :) I'd love to hear how it works out for your family. It sounds heavenly to me. I felt the same about SOS as you, except we sold it on ebay after about 4 months! Forget finishing the year. We were getting nowhere with it. It works for some kids, I'm sure . . . Glad to hear you've made your selections. I am still ordering, too!

    Rachelle (adopting Gideon/Eddie in 54)

  2. Yes it is expensive, I think I am going to order only the curriculum used and get the books from the local library.

  3. Oh, I just saw the pictures of Nellie posted on the previous post...they are precious...I had not seen those.

    Stephanie Lynch