Just the ramblings of my adventures working on the masterpieces that God has given me.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Confessions of a Curriculum Addict
Okay...the first step to an addiction is admitting a problem...well I confess, I am a Curriculum Junkie! I love browsing through various curriculum to do our lesson plans. I like having various books to use to plan our week. Maybe that is why I cannot go by just 1 single curriculum...
Anywho...I went to the worst place for a curriculum junkie today-The Homeschool Gathering Place. They have tons of new and used curriculum. I love the place!
I spent hours in there just browsing. I went specifically to buy our Math Curriculum for next year. I decided to combine Making Math Meaningful(which they had used) and Singapore Math. Yes, I chose 2 math curriculum... I told you I was a junky. I only bought 1A of Singapore to see if we will actually use it. Figured I could split up the activities in the workboxes. I just couldn't decide between the 2 curriculum. I like different things about each of them.
My favorite find today was Language Lessons for the Very Young by Sandi Queen. It has beautiful full color art work and poems. It uses various methods of Charlotte Mason. I am so excited about this! I went to their website and they have a book for 3 year olds as well. I can't wait to get that book to do with Ryan. I honestly was not taught a lot about "quality" art, poetry and literature growing up therefore I don't know much about what is "quality" in these areas. These books consolidate a lot of it into one book and will hopefully teach me to recognize what is "quality" and perhaps teach my children what I have yet to learn.
I also found a really cool Cuisanaire Alphabet Book for $2. I thought these would be great to use in the workboxes.
The good thing is that I am using much more of my "curriculum" books since we now do the workboxes.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” - Fred Rogers
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"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." --Theodore Roosevelt
Who am I? That is a difficult question to answer! I am a wife to a loving man! I am a Mom of 2 wonderful children of which I homeschool. I love to scrapbook and take pictures mainly of the kids. I have five dachshund that are as close to kids as they get.