Resources for Early Learning (2011 Curriculum Fair)

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

Ages of my children: 7.5, 6.5, and 6
Educational Philosophies I Pull From: Waldorf, Leadership Education, Unschooling

When I had two children, both still toddlers, I planned out their entire education for the next 15 years. I spent hours drawing charts, researching, thinking about socialization, and narrowing down curriculum options.

We haven’t followed any of it.

Since then I’ve found a better strategy is to plan for tomorrow, not next week or next year. I don’t mean you should never look ahead; I just mean that when stress or overwhelm kick in, that’s your clue to stop.

Today I want to share not only the resources we’ll be using in the upcoming year, but also what we’ve used in the past. Hopefully this will help those of you with younger children as well.
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Curriculum Choices: Sonlight Explored

(Disclosure: Once a month here on Simple Homeschool, I’ll be giving a review/overview of various curriculum options. I’m beginning with Sonlight because it is the one with which I’m most familiar. All information in this post is based on my own experience and opinions.)

Stories have the power to teach, comfort, and transport us to faraway lands. As someone who majored in literature during college, I’ve always loved and enjoyed learning through both the autobiographical and fictional accounts of others.

That’s why when I discovered Sonlight, I could hardly wait to start learning with my kids. [Read more…]

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