Thursday, June 17, 2010

Convention JOY

I found lots of goodies I needed for Alex at the used curriculum sale and then at the last minute .....guess what I did......big shock for those who know me.....I changed my mind!!! I had fully decided to use Sonlight Core 200 History of God's Kingdom for his 10th grade year - until I got my hands on the Teacher's Manual! It is HUGE and it overwhelmed me from the first time I picked it up! I bought it because I needed it for my plan but after I spent soem time looking it over I canned it! We are a Charlotte Mason family and I am not ready to give up that philosophy just because he is older!! So - back to the drawing board! I did find a Literature program I am pretty excited about. I am starting with the first one in her series because he hasn't had a good intro to lit so I want him to get the info and skills from this book as well as all the rest! I am hoping to do Book 1 & 2 in one year - a bit ambitous I know! I got to spend some time talking to Janice and it was so worth it for me! She had some really good insights and info to share!
He is doing Algebra 2 with Teaching Textbooks and Biology from Apologia. He wants to finish World History so I will be looking for something CM style to go from 1500(where he left off this year) on. We will also do Language Lessons from Queen Homeschool - I think. I spent some time looking at it at convention and I love that it has some elements that he has yet to be introduced to - picture study, narration, copywork, dictation - and these are things I want him to get so....I just need to decide which level to buy for him. I have also found a Bible Study for him thru Simply Charlotte Mason. I like the way it is set up with lots of repitition!

The younger boys didn't really get much that was new except for a new guide for mommy from Simply Charlotte Mason. I bought 2 actually - Genesis thru Dueteronomy and Joshua thru Malachai and Ancient Greece then got home and realized we were much farther along in Dueteronomy than I thought. I also got a science study from them that I am super excited about. I also got to spend some time talking to Sonya Shafer at their booth and she was fantastic!

Being able to talk to these people at their booths is a new discovery for me this year and boy does it help to make decisions and to just get info! I am such a people pleaser I didn't want to 'bother them' in past years but this year I felt more comfortable reaching out and it was so worth it!

Boy do I love convention! Getting ready for next year is gonna be FUN!
The little ones and I are still doing school and will all summer. I like that it gives us focus and the ability to not be so strict(ha!ha! as if) during the school year - it is all the school year! Will write more on that later......


  1. Were you at the HEAV convention in Richmond?? I was there too, it was AWESOME!!! I picked up Sonya Shafer's Laying Down the Rails book on habits and am loving it. The USC sale was fabulous!!! Glad you enjoyed it!


  2. I loved the convention, too! I can't wait to go back!!!

    Just wanted to jot a note about Sonlight...the first time I got a teacher's manual, I too was overwhelmed. Completely. OVERWHELMED! But once I started to dive in, I couldn't believe how EASY it was to use it. It made my life as a homeschooling mom so much smoother and more manageable. We did Sonlight one year...did my one improvised stuff the next year...and now we're going to use Sonlight again this coming year. I'm so excited.

    I am NOT, however, trying to convince you to use Sonlight!!! Each family has to find what works well for them, and there are SO MANY good choices out there. So please don't think I'm being pushy, OK? ;)