Weekend Links

I’ve been learning more about Beatrix Potter, in anticipation of our family’s upcoming trip to England. We leave in just a couple of weeks!

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The good, the bad, the Internet (2012 curriculum fair)

Written by contributor Amida of Journey into Unschooling.
Ages of my children: 13, 10, 5, 1
Educational philosophies I pull from: eclectic, unschooling

We’ve gone through a lot of curriculum in our house.

There are a few favorites that I’ve offered for all my children (the Good) and then there are the duds that I wouldn’t dream of putting another child through (the Bad).

These days though, our go to source for all subjects is the Internet. 

The Good:

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Reading, writing, & ‘rithmetic for 6 kids (2012 curriculum fair)

Written by contributor Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom

Ages of my children: 14, 11, 9, 7, 5, and 3
Educational Philosophies I Pull From: ClassicalCharlotte MasonLiterature-Based

Back in January, I realized that we were in the doldrums as far as school was concerned. I really wanted to put some wind back in our sails, so I spent some extended time researching different options and analyzing how our days were spent. I rediscovered a love for how we used to do things “back in the good old days.”

That is to say, I ditched what wasn’t working and started a reread of The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. This was the foundational book for me over a dozen years ago when my firstborn was just a toddler. I read it from cover to cover several times, and my original edition is literally falling apart at the seams. Since then it’s been revised a few times, so I picked up a new copy and allowed it to realign my vision for our school.

Since I have SIX kids, it’s a lot of curriculum to plan for. Rather than tell you about every single resource we’re using, here’s a peek at our reading, writing and arithmetic:
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Welcome to the 2012 curriculum fair!

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

This week we kick off our 2nd annual curriculum fair here at Simple Homeschool. Over the next month each of our contributors will share which homeschooling resources work really well for our families, and also touch on those we’ve tried that haven’t worked so well.

Personally, I prefer exploring curricula virtually than at an overwhelming exhibition hall full of rows and rows of booths. I hope our posts this month give you a sense of a few companies you’d like to explore, and save you both time and stress.
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Weekend Links

my youngest, Elijah, turned seven last week – seven!!

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt