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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

There's no perfect curriculum!

Yesterday we spent some time spelling our words to learn using letters from magazine cut-outs. Fun! As we were doing this I realized what a terrific sight word activity this is too! Flip through the mags, and locate your words. Make a collage of all the words you know.

I love to get creative with spelling words. We've also painted them, written them in glue and sprinkled glitter on top, and shaped our words out of play-doh. I get so bored writing them over and over. I'm sure he does too!

One thing I've learned in the last few years is this: There's no perfect curriculum!

You have to adapt to make it work for your kids and your family.  Never be afraid to try something new, and never be discouraged if something isn't working. 

We love Bob Jones. I've been using that for the last couple of years with my youngest for Science and Social Studies, but lately, he wants more. While I love the ease of Bob Jones, it really just touches the surface in science, and my little guy is desperate to learn more. He's like a sponge. 
So, who am I to stop him?

He loves animals! I decided to get Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 1. We love it already! While Bob Jones offers a clear outline of the topics that should be covered, it also makes it very easy to supplement with in depth unit studies like this. I also love that we can do the chapters in any order. Of course, we will be jumping to Pterosaurs. Surprise! Right?

He worked on making his science notebook today, and he was so thrilled to know that all of his science journey will be recorded and tucked away safely in his new 3-ring binder.


It's not about finding the perfect curriculum. It's about making the curriculum work for you! Don't be afraid to go outside the box, or book!

What curriculum do you love and why? 
Do you stick with the lessons plans or wing it sometimes?

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6 Comments:

At January 24, 2012 at 8:37 AM , Blogger Our Side of the Mountain said...

I love his notebook cover! Perfect for young boy's science! (We've done Zoology.)

MY perfect curriculum isn't what's perfect for the kids! LOL *I* love Saxon...the kids, eh.

 
At January 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

I love your outlook. Your son will get so much more out his education this way!

 
At January 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM , Blogger MiMi said...

So many women I go to church with homeschool...and they used different curriculum for different subjects, I think.

 
At January 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have a number of friends that homeschool and everyone uses different materials. How wonderful that there are so many great ways to learn.

 
At January 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM , Blogger Julie said...

I don't homeschool but even as a public educator there's no perfect curriculum for schools either. Sometimes I wish I could write it, ha!

 
At January 24, 2012 at 8:27 PM , Blogger Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

Totally agree! My kids are just 3 and 7 months at the moment, but we follow a Waldorf inspired rhythm for our week which includes baking, painting, gardening. Keeps us busy :-)

 

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