Tuesday, April 9, 2013
We finally found a curriculum we like
We are so blessed to live in Missouri, where the homeschool laws are pretty easy to deal with, the 2nd amendment rights are basically free, the people are nice, the country is beautiful, and midwifery is no longer a felony. Our big girl is not quite 5 yet, but she REALLY is excited about starting school. So about a year ago we started "doing school," but I could never keep anything consistent. She learned her letters and the sounds and she learned her numbers and shapes. She learned about various animals and we got to explore things she found interesting. But I just couldn't keep up with things consistently. Then, about 2 months ago, I re-found EasyPeasy. It's awesome! This mom wanted to make a curriculum up for all her kids and not have to re-invent it when the littles grew and needed to take the same lessons again. So she made this completely free blog with lessons from preK through high school. Full curriculum using free resources all around the web. We're working through Get Ready 1 which teaches letters and sounds and eventually some sight words. My middle daughter A started on day 1 and my oldest daughter Z started with the McGuffey Primer. Really, truly, it's great. Z can read little stories. She picked up the cereal box a couple of days ago and was intent on reading it. And she DID!!! This is huge! And she actually has decent comprehension, too. I'm so proud of her. A is having a great time with the letter animals and the sounds they make. (Seriously, check it out. You won't regret it.) Plus there are the crafts and songs and games to play. It's been perfect for us. I'm excited for the future, too, because it includes bible study (but tells the kids to ask Mom and Dad what it means instead of causing rifts between different religions) with science, social studies, math, etc all on one organized place with links to free resources all over. I can't say enough how much I love and am excited about this curriculum
Then....I also found a free homeschool tracker that keeps track of attendance, resources, assignments, grades, report cards, field trips, and so much more. I haven't found any limitations on the free version yet, so I'm becoming more curious what could be wonderful enough to need to pay for it! I hope you'll check it out. It's made it possible for me to keep up with hours and assignments without having to continuously make lesson plans.