We began our new school year Monday. I was really nervous about the start of a new year. I haven’t been nervous in years past. This will be our fourth year homeschooling. Last year was by far the hardest year I’ve encountered yet as a homeschool mom. I came to the conclusion that it was due to several factors—using a very teacher intensive curriculum with my oldest son (Five in a Row) and having two very, very busy, curious, get into everything under the sun as fast as you can blink your eyes little ones. Things sailed along smoothly with Hanna, thankfully.
There was no way I could face another year that I thought would be anywhere near as hard for me as last year and with the level of burnout I experienced. Around January I started looking for other curriculums to use. I knew I could not continue on with Five in a Row even though we all loved our time with it. It just involved too much for a mama like me with an all or nothing personality! I had looked at Sonlight several times since I began homeschool, but never heavily considered it, honestly, because of it’s cost. After lots of looking and lots of thinking, I finally decided to give Sonlight a try for all of the kids this year. I will say though, I did not purchase full Cores/packages. I am using our public library system as much as possible. I was able to get almost every book for Hanna (Core W) from our library, and I’ve already looked ahead to next year for her (Core 100) and see that I can get every single one from the library! So, do not let the high price hold you back from trying Sonlight before you check out your local library.
Here is our line up for the 2012-2013 school year:
Jack (age 4), Jesse (age 3)
- Sonlight P3/4
- Before Five in a Row and Preschool Packs around the web as I feel time and energy permit (for fun and ‘extras’).
- Lots of learning games, activities,, Kumon workbooks, etc.
Joe (age 7)
- Sonlight Core A
- Sonlight Language Arts 2
- Sonlight Science B
- Apologia Elementary Science books (all 6) as supplemental reading
- Living Books
- Wordly Wise 3000
- Teaching Textbooks Math 3
- Life of Fred Elementary series
Hanna (age 13)
- Sonlight Core W
- Advanced Winston Grammar
- Inspiration Software
- Life of Fred Beginning Algebra (with the home companion and practice books)
- Apologia Physical Science
- English from the Roots Up, Volume 2
- Typing (1st Semester), Computer/Keyboarding (2nd Semester)
- 3D Art at local Homeschool Academy
*We will fulfill art, PE, etc. through hands-on activities and classes within our community and homeschool co-op.
My goals for this upcoming school year have changed so much since we started homeschooling. What I want most from this upcoming year is for us to love learning together, read together everyday and enjoy living, laughing and learning together more than we ever have.
Our first week of school has gone very well. I feel like we’ve gotten off to a really good start. I’ve had time to spend with each of my children daily teaching them, reading along side them and I haven’t felt stretched too thin. So far I can see Sonlight being nothing but a blessing for us (I know it’s only the first week though!) and I am starting our year feeling very positive and with a renewed passion for homeschooling! I am so thankful for the wonderful week we have had!