August 4, 2008

Back to school...homeschool

Alex and I started back up with school today. Morgan is still on her trip but she'll just jump in when she gets home. We are wrapping up the last bit of our current curriculum. Corey is ordering the next set. We are sticking with Math-U-See , Story of the World , and R.E.A.L. science . We are switching to Growing With Grammar . We will still have book club,dancing, guitar lessons, bowling, HP Club, 4-H, roller skating, park days, and field trips. I think we will be plenty busy. :-) We don't use a lot of prepared curriculum. We use a spine and then expand on things that we are interested in by doing field trips, online research, checking out library books,etc. I like using multiple resources and approaches. We don't do a lot of "busy work".

Our area does a back-to-school tax-free shopping weekend. Well, we didn't even pay attention and went to Wal-Mart on Friday night. Ohmigosh....mistake!! It took us over 2 hours! I will say that I am sooo thankful that we don't have to go through all of that. They've really pushed the dress code to the point of uniforms here...khaki or navy pants, certain color polo shirts (tucked in & belted). The shirts are red, white & navy (I think) and then each school got to pick a special color for their school only. Well, some people are having trouble finding the right colored polos in various sizes. What a mess. Not to mention the list of school supplies that you have to supply since they are cutting budgets yet again. No thanks!! We will study what we want, when we want, how we want....without having to supply everyone with tissues, hand soap, crayons, paper, markers,etc.


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