“My name is Carolyn and I have a problem.” Curriculum! I want it all! I love curriculum. I love the ideas, the information, the stories and the projects. I can spend hours drowning in the pages of curriculum. I struggle stopping and drawing the line on too much stuff. Does anyne else suffer from the same affliction?
This weekend is the big FPEA Homeschool Convention that I look forward to attending each year. My problem is when I enter the big, no HUMONGOUS exhibitor hall. My eyes glaze over and I am drooling at the mouth. I have been working feverishly the past several weeks to try to set my goals and plans down for my daughter’s 10th grade year. That way, I already know what I want before going in. I can march through those doors and go directly to the specific exhibitor, check on any questions I may have and know exactly what I can get curriculum for before seeing what is offered there. My hope is that this will save me money in the long run and prevent buying because something looks good at the time, but then finding later I don’t have enough time to fit it all in.
In this time of searching I rediscovered the schoolhouse teacher’s website. I was looking at some other curriculum which led me to it. I belonged several years ago but felt I didn’t use it enough to merit keeping it. (It was one of those looks good, I want it, don’t have time to fit it in buys). Well they have changed. I am so excited! I just purchased it for a full year. With that I will get my daughter’s Geometry course (Through Mr. D), Applecore-Homeschooling Simplified (Keeps records, Transcripts, Portfolio etc), Literature, English, Writing, Violin and Photography Classes all for less than the cost of the one class with Mr. D that we were looking at purchasing anyway. I am ecstatic! I’ve already purchase her World History Curriculum (through BJU Press) and Apologia’s Marine Biology (her choice, she is fascinated with all things ocean) at a great discount. She is taking Spanish with Florida Virtual School, and now I have Language Arts, Geometry and one (probably more) of her electives covered. Woot! Woot! Then there are the classes I want to take for me. They are offering Introduction to Graphic Design, Image Creation and Editing, SQL Server Beginner Course…the list goes on! What a deal! I can’t wait to dig in. Now the only thing left on my list of needs is a planner. I’ve tried online planners, but I’m a pen and paper kinda girl. I like to doodle and play with the paper. So I will be looking at a couple of options there and making my decision. I’ll let you know how I make out. Happy Curriculum Shopping to you.
My next post will be all about how to find curriculum for less. Until then…