I'm just going to come out and say it:
I have purchased some homeschool curriculum.
There, now I'm out of the closet.
I know this might surprise some of you.
I don't have long hair or denim jumpers, but I think other homeschool moms who do will be totally understanding of the fact that my hair gets really stringy and gross when I try to grow it out.
And we all know that denim just doesn't suit me.
Some of you might recall that I've hemmed and hawed over this decision before.
And then after hemming and hawing, I did some more hemming and hawing.
Then I sent my daughter off to public school kindergarten.
And it's been great. She's loved it.
But then I started hemming and hawing again.
As I may have mentioned a time or ten, my dearly beloved will not be home for most of the next school year. Apparently his mad war-fighting capabilities are more useful elsewhere.
This leaves me and my little lovelies alone in small-town America, chained to the school schedule.
Or does it??
There is an alternative...
And so I began my research.
(In the interest of full disclosure, there is nothing that I research quite as in depth as our Disney vacations.)
I looked around at all of the websites for curriculum. My criteria was that it be a Christian-based program and that Alex's schooling not consist of a bunch of worksheets.
Well, I found what I was looking for in Sonlight curriculum.
To be honest, I was hoping I wouldn't like Sonlight. I'd heard that they were more expensive than some other programs. And you guys know I have a tendency to be...cheap.
But I couldn't help it.
I loved their concept of learning through great literature.
And there is a complete instructor's guide that has the entire school year scheduled out, along with everything I need to teach her. I don't have to plan anything. I don't have to come up with comprehension questions, I don't have to look for the answers. It's all right there, in a huge binder, ready to start each day.
Since I'm trying this as a temporarily-single parent, that alone is worth the extra cost.
Yesterday our box arrived.
Book after book was pulled out and exclaimed over.
We'll be studying world history with these bright and colorful books that are full of pictures.
There are lots of readers for Alex to make her way through.
And then there are oodles of read-alouds-- books that I will read to her. I think a little girl who is missing her daddy might enjoy a lot of time cuddling on the couch reading with mommy.
Or maybe I'm wrong and all she'll want to do is play the Wii.
The verdict's still out.
My plan is to get started with the basic "core" during the summer. That way, if I I feel like it's just not for us, I can still put Alex in school in the fall.
And Sonlight has an awesome return policy.
(Pat the Bunny, are you doing okay? I waited to break the news until you had a new grandchild to hold. That way if you're scared that I'm ruining one, you'll have another as backup.)
If we like it, then I'll add math and maybe science for the fall.
And I'll pull this out of the closet.
Happy Wednesday, interpeeps.