Now, for the fun part!
Now that I am fully on board with homeschooling, deciding on how to choose a curriculum has been fun. I will admit that it was a tad overwhelming still, because there. is. so. much. out. there.
But, still I was looking through different eyes now. I was looking at what was best for EJ.
Here are my goals for EJ this year:
math - this is more of year of strengthening his skills, he knows a lot, but could use some sharpening
reading - ooh, I am so excited b/c I really believe that by the end of the year he will be reading more then just simple books - start him at a first grade level this fall
writing, science, history, art - use a unit study curriculum
bible - incorporated in the curriculum, focus on his heart with God
manners - sharpen this area
discipline - recognize his age and stage and begin teaching him more then just correcting
I chose to do a couple of different things. First, I decided to use My Fathers World, First Grade curriculum. It is a unit study that is bible based. He is beyond kindergarten level for reading, so I felt that he would be more challenged in a first grade program. However, I am not so thrilled with their math program. So, I purchased the K - Saxon math. I am really excited about this program because I think it will thoroughly strengthen his math skills! As for manners, I purchased a book called Manners, Please. Which has 20 lessons on correct manners. This will be good to use with Z too.
And finally discipline...well, I am beginning on my own end reading, Shepherding A Child's Heart. I am doing the bible study on my own and am praying that it will help me with my own frustrations. After that I hope to get a copy of For Instruction in Righteousness. This seems like an awesome book that can help with teaching right from wrong in a biblical way.
You know, I feel so much more confident on what is chosen here. In the end, I began to see that choosing to homeschool EJ is giving me the opportunity to cater to his needs. I can mix it up a bit, doing a first grade unit study program with a kindergarten math program. It's what's best for him!
As for Z, well, he turns three in about 2 weeks. I have so many fun things stored up from when I taught EJ preschool things that I don't need to do much more then use what I had before. Plus, since the major part of EJ's schooling is a unit study I can include Z in that as well!
Oh and btw - we have field trips set up too, already! But, I won't bore you with those details right now! I'll save it for when we actually go!