I do have other things on my mind besides getting ready for this baby and doing projects around the house. One of those things is, home school curriculum.
I have mentioned before that we are currently using the K12 program, and that we were thinking about doing something different for next year. We are now sure that we want to do something different.
First of all, let me say, that the K12 program is great in the sense that it provides everything you need to home school your child - from the computer to the workbooks to the paint supplies. And because it's a state-funded public school, it's free.
But with the funding from the state, comes a lot of input from the state. Like what subjects we have to study. How long we need to spend each day studying, etc. I have found that I am so consumed with making sure we are meeting all the requirements, that I don't have any leftover time to focus on our own areas of interest.
My desires for home schooling are this.
1. I want my children to learn a good academic foundation. Reading, writing, math.
2. I want my children to have time to explore areas of their own interest. Art, gardening, science...whatever.
3. I want to have flexibility to use real-life situations as opportunities for learning. Like going to the grocery store or baking cookies or playing at the children's museum.
4. I want to learn about specific subjects in a way that is fun for us. Like borrowing a movie from the library about Abraham Lincoln. Or learning about American History through reading novels.
So basically, besides the core subjects, in which I do want a good (yet flexible) curriculum, I want to kind of wing-it in the other areas.
So I need to figure out what curriculum I want to use next year for those core subjects. The problem is there are a TON of options out there, and I can easily get overwhelmed by trying to figure out what we want. So I am asking for help.
All you other early-elementary-home-school-moms, what curriculum do you use, and why do you like it?