Ready for some random school planning ramblings?
currently use a mom intense (in regards to non-reading children)
literature based program (Sonlight) for our oldest two daughters. With
the addition of the twins to the routine our life was about to get very
complicated (3 cores) and very expensive ($2,500). I did quite a bit of
research (understatement of the decade) and came up with another option.
This second option (My Father's World) allowed all of our girls to be
in the same "class" for everything but language arts and math. This
would be a considerable cut back on my input time and was quite a bit
I requested catalogs from both companies and
then worked out a timeline for both companies for all 6 kids through
June 2022 when our oldest daughter would be graduating from High School.
I wanted to get a feel for how the program would work at our busiest
season (all 6 kids in school) and make sure our oldest daughter would be
able to complete both programs before graduating.
Option 1 (sonlight) would be pretty extreme with 4 core programs going at once.
For those who don't know about core programs that would be:
4 history classes
4 science classes
4 Bible classes
6 Language arts classes
6 Math classes
2 (My father's World) would be much more laid back. The kids would be
in the same "class" and would use the same books for language arts
(making it cheaper and less clutter).
1 history class
1 science class
1 Bible class
6 Language arts classes
6 math classes
asked my fellow large family homeschooling mom's and couldn't find
anyone who had anything negative to say about option 2. So I looked on
option 1's forums to see what they had to say about option 2's program.
The only negative thing I found was that option 2 uses a "book basket"
approach where you use library books for the literature program while
option 1 sends all the books with the package (why it is much more
expensive). Okay....not a deal breaker for me.
So option 2 is
cheaper, easier on me, and has a very well recommended program. Bonus
points that the money paid to the company is used to translate Bibles
into different languages. Why is this even a difficult choice? I don't
know but it was. I somehow felt like I was "cheating" or "taking the
easy way out" by going with option 2. I did a lot of research and
praying about it.
So the other day I again was praying for the
Lord to make this clear for me. I walked out to the mailbox a few
minutes later and found a second catalog for option 2. Okay. Got it.
Option 2 it is
I have been searching out used items for our family to use when our
current things are finished. I chose to start the twins in the
kindergarten curriculum ASAP since they are almost finished with their
preK things. They are doing 3-10 lessons a day in preK. I keep trying to
slow them down but they are having none of it. I fully expect them to
finish the kindergarten work and start 1st grade by this fall. When it
clicks it just clicks. Anyways I found a deluxe kindergarten set used
for the exact amount that was refunded to us from the local college
(their pool is under repair and all swim lesson money was refunded).
again I feel like God was giving his blessing. I mean here is exactly
what I need, exactly when I need it, and oh look here is the exact
amount of unexpected money suddenly sitting in my account.
now working on putting together the older girls set for this June. The
program works in a 5 yr cycle so we begin with this set and then will
repeat it after the next 4 sets. As the kids get older the set becomes
more and more difficult. Anyways I found the teachers manual (retails
for $99 plus $20 for each set of student sheets) for $25. It is the
older edition with the student sheets in the back. This older edition
also allows for copying the student sheets as many times as I like.
Where as if I bought the student sheets separate with the new edition I
would not be allowed to copy them.
I found the $20 language arts book (used for 2nd-6th grade) used for $10 shipped.
I also found the $60 spelling book (used for 2nd-8th grade) for $7.99 I was able to use swagbucks gift cards so it was $0 to me.
plan to use our swagbucks gift cards over the next few months to finish
putting the set together. I figure it will keep me busy during the
first few months of the deployment. Anything to distract myself will be very welcome!