Friday, July 29, 2011

Fav-or-ites!

Here are some of the blogs that I am addicted to right now.
First off, I have to list Just Another Homeschool Blog right off the bat.  Tracey has been such a huge inspiration for me and I had the lovely opportunity to meet her once as well.  Her honesty is refreshing and she tells it like it is on Just Another Mommy Blog .
The very first blog I started reading that referenced homeschooling though was The Frugal Girl and I started reading it because of her minimalistic and frugal ways.  What she shared about homeschooling was an added perk.  It made me think "...hmmm, maybe I can do it?"
I'm really, really loving Magic and Mayhem right now.  LOVE!
I like the ideas that I am finding on The Homeschool Classroom and Teach Mama .
I'm reading a lot of articles off of An Unschooling Life .

One of the big blocks that I had to hurdle over was "what if I mess up?" and "where do I start?".  I was reminded time and time again that I can't mess up and that I just have to jump in feet first.  One truth that really stuck out for me was that no matter how much I planned things out I had to be flexible enough to change, because sometimes those plans will not work. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Curriculum?

I don't use one.  What I do use though are the "What Your ---- Grader Needs To Know" (E.D. Hirsch, Jr.) books.  I only use them as a guide too. 
So, where do I get my "lessons" from?
  • Internet
  • Library
  • Other homeschool parents suggestoins
  • Teacher resources (specifically from $ Tree)
I'm in the process of planning out our school year.  This first involved getting a calendar to plot out a game plan.  In the process of doing this I started to feel a little bit of guilt.  Should I include time for them to be involved in a co-op?  Are there other resources out there?  I don't want my boys to feel like freaks and the ONLY homeschooled kids in the world....where are the rest of them at?  So, I went on a hunt...and what I found was that the co-op closets to our home, with the "coolest" activities requires a statement of faith to be signed.  I cringed.  Then I back tracked..."if it will benefit my kids, shouldn't I just sign it?".  I mulled over this for a little while and ultimately decided that I couldn't sign it.  And just like always, another person was placed in my path whom I was able to bounce my homeschooling concerns off of.  And I am SO thankful.  So, back to planning for me.  I'm sure I'll get another pain of guilt, again.  I assume that these will diminish as we continue on our path.