Thursday, February 25, 2016

Homeschool Purchase List

It's getting to be that time of year again!  It's time to start planning and shopping for next school year!
I love planning!  The idea of a fresh start, whether it's in just the next level in a tried and true resource or you're choosing to part ways with something that just was working and venturing out to try something new. 

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling (besides spending my days with my kiddos) is that I get to make a curriculum specifically for them.  I can take the time to consider each of them individually - their strengths and weaknesses, what has worked for them in the past and what hasn't, how I would like to see them grow and stretch.

I love that I can choose what we use to help us learn.  And there is so much out there to choose from!  As I start to list out my plans or least some ideas for next year, I also need to consider the cost of it all.  While I want to provide the best options for each of my children, I also want to bless my family by finding the best deals I can when shopping for our homeschooling choices.  So I shop around.

My local homeschool association has an annual expo featuring guest speakers as well as many homeschool vendors.  With that expo coming up in just about a week, it's time for me to start some of my research.  I have made a chart where I can list my homeschooling wants, with 3 columns to compare prices.  I can start going to some of my favorite sites (Rainbow Resource, Amazon, Christian Book, etc.) and note the prices (don't forget to include any shipping costs).  Then I can take my list with me to the expo and look for more deals.  I won't forget the prices and mistakenly pay much more for something, because I will have my list!

I hope this idea will help you bless your family by organizing your homeschool wants and finding the best prices available. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

February READER Time

February 2016
Follow along with us as we try to make reading more a part of our days; more a part of our lives.  If you would like to learn more about what READER Time is for us, read my original READER Time post.  You can also pick up some great bookmarks/reader lists there, too!
This year, I am determined to be more purposeful with our reading lists, as well making the time to read.  So I will continue what I started in January and share my reading plans with you.  Although, I set my plan in motion far enough into last month that we did not complete all that was on our list, which is the reason for several repeats listed this month.  But I can see the progress that we are making in reading and I am very pleased. 
Without further ado, here is a glimpse at our bookshelf for February:
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Read Alouds for the whole family to enjoy:
Madeleine Takes Command (Ethel Brill)
We are half way through this book and on the edge of our seats with suspense!  We are listening to the audio version and I love the French accent of the narrator, it really adds more to the book than I could give reading it aloud myself.
Buttons for General Washington (Peter and Connie Roop)
Paul Revere's Ride (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow / Illustrated by Ted Rand) Love this version!
The Fourth of July Story (Alice Dalgliesh)
Yankee Doodle (Gary Chalk)
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7th Grader: Ben and Me (Robert Lawson)
5th Grader: Phoebe the Spy (Judith Griffin)
The Robinson Crusoe Reader (Julia Darrow Cowles)
2nd Grader: Sam the Minuteman (Nathaniel Benchley)
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Toddler: (various winter and valentine books including, but not limited to:)
Winnie the Pooh's Valentine (Bruce Talkington)
Bear Hugs (Karma Wilson)
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? (Jane Yolen)
Time for a Hug (Phillis Gershator and Mim Green)

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Mom: The Reading Promise (Alice Omza)
Dad: Wheel of Time, book 1 (Robert Jordan)

What are your reading plans?  I'd love to hear from you!