The past few weeks, I have been brain storming ideas for what we will be doing in the fall as far as curriculum and schedules go.
A Beka worked out great for Kelly when we started last year, but became stale very quickly when Lyssa joined in. It's so rigid, but it's also a great curriculum I am familiar with and would like to keep utilizing in some way, shape, or form.
I'm thinking of continuing with A Beka in math, but then trying a literary curriculum as both girls LOVE to read. I found www.amblesideonline.org. With this program you have to find a math program as well as foreign language, etc., but this curriculum seems to cover everything else. I would just have to purchase the books from the book list and follow or alter the weekly schedule accordingly.
What is Ambleside? "It is a free homeschool curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own private and correspondence schools." Their goal is to be true to Charlotte Mason's "high literary standards."
I was definitely intrigued, but I have to keep in mind that curriculums' will only work based on the child's learning style. Because of my avid readers, I'm thinking this would be perfect for them. It's definitely worth a shot and I am pretty excited about it. I was originally going to try Heart of Dakota this fall, but I may change gears to see how it goes with Ambleside. Heart of Dakota will be in the future I'm sure.
Our homeschooling schedule will be slightly different this fall too. Bethany was registered into private preschool for the fall at Ward Church. I will be able to stay at the church and homeschool the other two while she is in class 2 mornings a week. Can't beat that. No time wasted whatsoever. Everything else in our schedule will most likely remain the same from extracurricular activities to church events, etc.
I would love to hear from you regarding curriculum. What are you currently using? Does it work? Are you willing to try something new? I love brainstorming ideas from fellow homeschoolers, it helps me so much.
Have a blessed week!
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