Every year we look back at our school year and see what worked, what didn’t work, and make decisions for the next school year. This past year was a good year. I survived teaching 2 different grades, helped to homeschool the little girl I babysit for, participated in homeschool group, and I had the opportunity to become a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. So what does all this have to do with the change up? Let me tell you, but first let me tell you that I have struggled to write this post. Why? Because what I am going to tell you feels like I am speaking out against a certain curriculum and I am very scared that this is how that post will be received, but that is not my intention at all. I still really love the curriculum that we have used in the past, I stand behind it 100%, but it is time for some change.
Honestly I have been stuck in a curriculum rut. I found something that worked for
It was funny to me that I had been thinking about this a lot and I felt that God was trying to get me to open my mind about our school curriculum again. I really think that He has been trying to show me this for awhile, but I had closed that door – we had our curriculum, it worked okay, why change it? I know that it was God that helped me find the Schoolhouse Review Crew. It has been through the Crew that we have been trying different products for reviews and finding some awesome resources that have helped me see that I don’t have to just stick to one thing. I know that God helped me get my spot on the Crew and I am so thankful for it. I am thankful they picked this little blog to be a part of the Crew, that they let me wipe the dust off of this blog, and have encouraged me to be a regular blogger again. I have found a creative outlet again that I do enjoy. I know that God put the right homeschool moms in the right place at the right time for just the right conversation that confirmed my thoughts. I am thankful that my hubby listens and makes suggestions and when we chatted about changing things up for Buddy, he was completely on board. We sat down as a family and had a conversation with Buddy about if he wanted to change up our curriculum, what kinds of things he thought he would like to take out and add in (for the record he made suggestions, hubby and I have the final say), and we told him what we were thinking. Buddy was on board and definitely willing to go in a new direction.
So what are we changing? We will not be doing Sonlight with Buddy this year. We will however continue on with Sonlight for Little Miss, her reading doesn’t take near as long since she is at a lower grade. I still feel that Sonlight works for her and she is loving all the reading. For Buddy we have chosen to go in the direction of Unit Studies. We will be doing in-depth studies of topics. We are still working on picking the topics and I am doing the research to find materials for the unit studies. He will still have language arts, math, and science textbooks, but then we are trying to work some of the history into the unit studies. We will work some of the other subjects into the unit studies as well. I don’t really have more details on what all the Unit Studies will include yet as we have really just decided to go this route in the last few weeks and I am still in the research phase. Buddy has picked some great topics for some of his unit studies and I will share those with you in a later post when I have more put together. We will also be doing reading for our unit studies as I know that every topic we will pick has books that will go with it. I am really excited to make this change for him and I am excited to see his love of learning come back. I hope that he doesn’t dread school so much this fall. I am also blessed that we have found so many great products through the Crew that I can use to fill in and also enhance our studies for both kids. I do admit that I am a little nervous to tackle lesson planning again, but I know that I can do it.
Let’s chat! I would love to hear your feedback. How do you decide what to do for curriculum in your homeschool? Have you ever used unit studies?