Okay, I suppose it’s not that bad, but I just went a little bonkers ordering things for next year. I should constrain myself. I’m trying. But new curricula is just so gosh darned fun. Here’s what went into my shopping basket, in case you’re curious.
New Explode the Code books for both BalletBoy and Mushroom. I got the excellent tip that it’s sometimes a good idea to do book 4 out of order. In retrospect, I wish we had done it that way for BalletBoy. He can read the words in the book fine, but the phonics concepts behind it – open and closed syllables, for example – were just too much for him to understand. So I’m already planning to start Mushroom on book 5 when he finishes book 3, hopefully in the fall.
We have loved both Lollipop Logic and Logic Safari from Prufrock Press. I got them Analogies for Beginners to add to that. I also discovered Tin Man Press, and have ordered Wakeruppers, which looks like it might be good for fun critical thinking activities.
I know. I know. I need to stop product hopping for writing. But when I saw Tin Man Press’s book Just Write (which, strangely, has the same name as another program we’ve used and liked so-so) I had high hopes for it. So add that to the cart.
Despite their appeal for me, I know both MEP and Singapore Math wouldn’t be right for us. We bombed out of MEP and I understand why it didn’t work for my kids. On the other hand, I couldn’t give up on the idea of adding in more conceptual and challenging thinking to our Math Mammoth routine. We already do some Miquon on the side and we all enjoy that. However, I ordered the Singapore Challenging Word Problems to do on occasion as well.
I’m sure I’ll be doing more science ordering, but so far, I’ve racked up a bunch of books that look promising for our upcoming geology and earth science year, including Shaping the Earth, Let’s Go Rock Collecting, and How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World. I also ordered us a barometer for studying the weather, an indulgence I probably wouldn’t have done if not for the fact that Mushroom is my little budding meteorologist. I also got an excitingly large rock and mineral set, one which, like the microscope we own, I hope will be good enough to take us into study in high school, and is therefore worth the investment. Finally, while I usually don’t buy posters, I had seen this one of the elements elsewhere and loved it, so I splurged on it.
We’re doing our own thing for American history next year. I have been slowly racking up books, including The American Story, the Smithsonian’s Children’s Encyclopedia of American History, as well as some of the Jean Fritz books, the Betsy Maestro books the library didn’t have, and several of the books in the If You Lived With the… series that deal with Native Americans. I also ordered More than Moccasins.
The vast majority of books I ordered came from Abebooks, which is my favored used book buying site. And, of course, all of this is just to add on to things we already have and will continue to use, like Math Mammoth, Miquon Math, and The Usborne Science Encyclopedia. Now… to go make more room on the shelves for when the postman arrives. Or possibly enter some sort of recovery program. Hi, my name is Farrar and I’m a curriculum junkie.