Homeschool: curriculum choices and why we chose to school at home

Our curriculum boxes came in the mail last night, and I couldn't wait to open them up and see what everything looked like!  Of course, I made a mess and got immediately overwhelmed...

When we first brought up the possibility of homeschooling, I went crazy researching all the different options. I went through so many choices:

1.  Religious or non-religious
2.  Learning/teaching style (unit based, book based, hands on, online, etc)
3.  Complete kit or piece by piece
4.  Price point/budget
5.  Various subjects, state requirements

After a while it became clear that I'm not a teacher ;).  I know, shocking.  So I felt like I needed a complete kit.  I didn't know enough to create something piece by piece!  I found a website called Timberdoodle and fell in love with the options for our upcoming 1st and 2nd graders!

So much amazing stuff!  I customized each kit, only choosing the items that I felt would work for our particular set of kiddos.  Since they're so close in age I was able to choose some pieces to work for both kids.

Math, Science, History, Geography, Art, Language Arts, Thinking Skills... We're doing it all!

And it cleans up so nicely :).

We had a few fun books to add (the cat and dog book, the dictionary and thesaurus, and a snap science kit), and we'll get some actual school supplies and check out extra books to read at the local library, but this should be everything we need for the whole year!

One of the fun perks of Timberdoodle is their rewards program.  When I purchased the kits, I left out a math program for Sonja because I figured she was at the same level as Ellie.  Once I got everything in, I had second thoughts and wanted to make sure I didn't push her too far and skip pieces that every 1st grader goes through, even though she IS on the gifted side.  My Doodle Bucks covered that cost when I went to order it!  Nice when a plan accidentally works out ;).

The kits weren't cheap.  But they definitely weren't as expensive as the private school we paid for a few years ago! I personally feel like what we got what we paid for, but I'll update once we actually get started ;).

I spent some time last night going through everything--setting up, looking at parent guides, and seeing if anything would be too challenging or difficult to teach.  Everything comes with parent/teachee guides and the math and science curriculum has online extras too!  Today I spent some more time with the online scheduler and Excel, planning out our first semester together. It was actually pretty tricky at first trying to navigate the schedule for both girls!

Ya'll, I have a new respect for teachers having to do lesson planning every day!  It's a lot of work!

But I think we're ready!  We move in a few weeks and we'll start our school whenever we settle.  Our timeline.  Our rules.  Our terms. <3

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