Posted by: Amy | December 3, 2008

Questions……….

I have been spending time in thought lately in regards to homeschooling.  I am feeling pretty strongly that we will go in that direction after this year is through.  Our kindergarten experience has been pretty wonderful, but I have been thinking about all of the pros and cons of homeschool vs. public school for the future.  After all, kindergarten is nothing like the real deal!

So, in light of that statement, I have been reading up on more styles of curricula, and have a few questions.  I really like what I see in Tapestry of Grace, but feel a little confused about it.  I did order the package that they offer so I can get more into it.  For those of you who do have experience with this curriculum, what do you think of it?  What advice can you give me if we decide to use it? 

It appears that TOG covers a lot of areas; history, literature, writing, etc.  For other subjects, I was thinking of using Saxon I for math, and continuing with Explode the Codeand EPS Phonics Readers for reading.  If my Veritas Phonics Museum does not sell, I may considering using it as well.  Am I forgetting anything?

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Responses

  1. I’ll try to post an answer to some of these questions on my blog. Stay tuned…
    ~Mrs. Edwards

  2. I’ve posted some thoughts about Tapestry of Grace that might be helpful. Also, we started with Saxon 1 but after my kids didn’t score all that well on math in a standardized test (but always did well on their Saxon pages) I switched to Math U See and they seem to be doing better. But, lots of kids do very well with Saxon. The important thing with math is to be sensitive to your kids learning and be willing to make a change if one curriculum isn’t clicking with them.

    It sounds like you are feeling much better and getting some mental energy back to be thinking about homeschooling again. My youngest was a newborn when my oldest were first graders. I think it is much easier to homeschool with a newborn than with a two year-old (which is what he is now)!

  3. Mrs. Edwards, you are so wonderful! Thank you so much for your quick response. I must say, too, that your blog has been a great inspiration to me. I am finally feeling more satisfied with our decision to go forth with homeschooling. I would very much like to do school all year, mainly to take off some pressure as far as time constraints, but also to allow for smaller mini-breaks throughout the year. So, I am hoping to start after kindergarten this year.

  4. Hi there – I found your blog through Veritas at Home and thought I’d chime in on curricula :).

    We use Explode the Code and love it! For my Kindergarten daughter, it is ‘just enough’ phonics. My 3rd grade son used Abeka in 1st & 2nd grade at a private school; we all thought we’d go bonkers with ‘special sounds.’

    We also use Saxon for math. Many people criticize Saxon in the homeschooling community. For my daughter, it has worked so well. I do not read every word from the teacher manual to her… and some days we do not do the second worksheet. Teaching Textbooks is a fantastic math curriculum which we use for our son. The elementary math begins at a 4th grade level so it isn’t an option for our daughter yet.

    Tapestry of Grace is a superb curriculum. It is the highlight of our days. I agree wholeheartedly with Mrs. Edwards and her assessment and ideas.

    Blessings to you as you begin this journey… it is a barrel of fun to homeschool even if some days feel more like entertaining a barrel of monkeys.

    Laura

  5. Oh, I forgot to add our blog… The World is Our Classroom… http://worldourclassroom.blogspot.com

    I do not blog consistently or exclusively about homeschooling… just one Mom sharing a few snippets of life with another.

  6. Thank you Laura for your input. It is comforting to hear encouraging words. I am excited to get started.

    Thank you for sharing your blog address. I look forward to getting to know you better:)


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