It seems like yesterday that Teacher let the monkeys out. But in three short weeks this teacher will be calling the monkeys back in for school. We are starting earlier than ever this year to finish up by April 24th. I learned my lesson last year while dragging the kids through May. After being inside for months, none of us wanted to sit still once the Spring weather hit. I don't want to do that again and neither do they.
Sean and I have decided to try some different things this year in regards to curriculum. Up until this point we've been using Sonlight to set the atmosphere for our homeschool. But it has become apparent that our children are individuals who learn in such different ways. Thus, we need different approaches to really inspire them to learn. So we've branched out and purchased a year of Abeka to add to our library. Lydia will be using it this year while Hannah continues on in Sonlight. It will be a great resource to have as needed for the pupils coming up behind them.
In my dream world I would order our curriculum new directly from the company and it would arrive at my door within the week. The reality, however, is that homeschooling does cost something and we could easily spend upwards of $2000 to get all that we would like to have. But just like all things, there is always a way to save. I've spent the last few weeks on ebay and online classifieds wheeling and dealing. Thankfully, we've been able to get what we need for about 40% of the total retail cost and hopefully helped some other homeschool families purchase the things they need. It's been fun getting some packages at the door filled with new-to-us books and the anticipation is building.
My next step is to clean out the school room and try to sell those things we won't need again. Sean has mentioned giving me some time away in a hotel to work on getting the lesson plans ready for the year. I really want to take some time to pray and lay down some concrete goals for myself and the kids in the coming school year. Whew! Here we go!
When do you plan on starting school? What kinds of things do you do in preparation?