I love A Beka books because finally, we were able to read about Christ in our textbooks...some of the reason to our decision to homeschool. Also, it was laid out for me, planning and all... It really helped me to become more organized and helped me decide in which direction to go to next. It also helped me to understand more of how my children 'like' to learn...it's not so cookie-cutter, for example, as with public school; hence homeschooling works for us.
I am so excited about learning, I think we are going to start during the summer and just go with the flow. Another homeschool mom, during a chat discussion, mentioned that she was glad to see another Charlotte Mason 'HSmom' because usually 'in the 'military community' you usually see traditional methods or something more like K12. So far this year, I have realized that no two homeschool curriculum/families are alike; unless of course you do use a traditional method--which are perfectly fine and I have used this method this year.
I like the Classical aproach too, but I am a little apprehensive with all the material. I still want to be Christ-centered with our core. I did buy some A Beka book readers for my 4th grader, still will use A Beka Bible for my 7th grader too, plus A Beka Spanish 1 for him also. The spelling, math, history, english are from different materials other than A Beka- that I have researched and would like to try.
Our spelling is Spelling Power, so that should last us forever! Our devotional is from Doorposts; again last forever! Lots of my materials to add-on will be from my year as a TOS Crew Member....I am so thankful and grateful for that opportunity as well...I tell my DH (dear husband) that my case of CDs is my handy-dandy notebook!! You didn't know an adult could have one too?? HA HA HA. Well this one does.
Our history is so AWESOME!! Ancient Civilizations & the Bible family pack written by Diana Waring for Answers in Genesis. I can't WAIT!! :)
Learning should be FUN and not boring textbook...but you say "You have tons of books listed for your curriculum..." Yes I do, but the difference is in the way you present the material to the children.
Some of my favorite CM sites are these:
1. Scripture Memory System ~ I will implement this system once the PX gets in some index card boxes. Seriously, I have been waiting over a month now... (that's another story) *And yes I should just buy off-post, but oh well. Germany is fun, but buying a 5 Euro or 8 USD plastic box, isn't my idea of being frugal.
2. Free resources and e-books from Simply Charlotte Mason
3. Ambleside Online, of course.
4. The Original Homeschooling Series, by Charlotte Mason on-line
5. Living Books Curriculum, get the free get acquainted sample pack!! It's awesome. I will be using their Nature Journal for nature study.
Here are my guidlines for next year:
a. 7th grade curriculum book list
b. 4th grade curriculum book list
6. An Old-Fashion Education, awesome links on this site.
7. Music Appreciation Curriculum by Charlotte Mason Help
8. Picture Study by Charlotte Mason Help *Hint: buy at art calendar for art prints or go to the library and check out famous art print books.
9. What Drew Me to a Charlotte Mason Education , article by Karen Andreola
10. A Charlotte Mason Education , on the www.thehomeschoolmom.com website, a description of the Charlotte Mason method
11. A Charlotte Mason Homechool ~ a great free audio interview with Diana Waring interviewing Catherine Levison.
12. Education Is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life....a free e-book by by Sonya Shafer
My previous post on Course of Study for SY 2010-2011 can be read here.