But this year, we were all ready for something new.
In making our plans/decisions for schooling this year, we wanted to continue with items that would assist us in our pursuit of teaching in everyday moments and keeping life simple. Most of our homeschooling in the past has been a delightful combination of library books, and daily life in the outdoors.
But we needed that “extra something” to keep us on track (and not absorb our time in planning). It has been an incredibly busy year for our family, and will continue to be for some time. We needed more structure, as well as fun back into our learning/teaching times!
After much comparison (and requests from our daughter), we finally made a purchase. We chose the P4/5 – Exploring God’s World Instructor’s Guide from Sonlight as the basis for our homeschooling this year. (I love that they offer sample pages for everything; you really know what you’re getting!)
They offer “complete packages” as well as individual items. We purchased the first workbook in the “Developing the Early Learner.” series, as it seemed perfect for our daughter’s learning needs. As necessary, we can choose to purchase the others.
On our very limited budget, I was thrilled to find most of the fun Readers/Read-Alouds they recommend for the curriculum in our local library system! (The rest are also available inexpensively on Amazon, if we decide they are necessary.)
We love how this “curriculum” focuses so much on reading classic books together, and life activities. (Stuff we do anyway!) It’s been perfect for our family. The lessons also “coincidentally” tie in beautifully with our family worship/Bible-reading time that we regularly do in the evening.
After doing the helpful “Placement Tests, we selected the Horizons Math K set. Again, just the minimum, not a huge package; it’s easy to make “manipulatives” from stuff in your kitchen cupboards. (Gen loves it, and continually begs us to “do math!”)
I had to giggle when Calvin commented this morning, “I wish I’d had this when I was homeschooled.” (Because Sonlight’s motto is “The way you wish you’d been taught.”)
By the way, in case you were wondering, we kept our homeschooling budget under $100. That’s like $2 a week for a year, for the simplicity of teaching our daughter with peace of mind and fun in learning. Frugal enough for me!
This post does contain affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase. But you know I’d share this season of our homeschooling with you anyway!
Join me each Thursday for our Simple Living series! This is post #105.