I am debating on whether or not to do Sonlight's Core D+E Condensed for history and reading. Probably the main thing holding me back is the cost. It would be between $433-$443 new, from Sonlight. I crunched some numbers and went to half.com to see if I could save some money. I put all of the books that we would need into my shopping cart (then added the cost for the Instructor's Guide). My total came to $276, and that included shipping. Much better, but still high. That's one option. I'm torn because right now we are utilizing the library for our reading- for free. If I relied on the library next year it would be a bit of a hassle and a little stressful trying to track down the books as we needed them since it would be our history curriculum as well. So, that's the one thing I'm trying to figure out. Even $276 is a lot (to me) to spend on history & reading.
Aside from that, here are my plans thus far:
Jared (5th Grade) Jenna (7th Grade)
Math Teaching Textbooks 5 Teaching Textbooks 7
L.A. Excellence in Writing-All Things Fun Excellence in Writing- Explorer's to Gold Rush
English from the Roots Up English from the Roots Up
Science Answers in Genesis-Our Planet Answers in Genesis-Our Planet
Christian Kids Explore-Chemistry Christian Kids Explore-Chemistry
Bible An Honorable Boy-Queen Publishing A Virtuous Girl- Queen Publishing
Art Artistic Pursuits Artistic Pursuits
History US History-(Sonlight Core D+E) US History (Sonlight Core D+E,
plus supplements from Core 100)
Reading " " " "
Music Meet the Great Composers Kit 1 Meet the Great Composers Kit 1
Language Spanish 1
Since we are doing US History it is my goal to do as much traveling as I can to different places in the US! I'm dreaming, I know. If we can't travel like I want to, and even if we can, I want to do a study on all of US National Parks and do our traveling that way.
Things are coming together, I'm starting to get excited. I can't believe our first year is already coming to a close in the next month! To sum up our year so far- WOW! I have seen my kids change and blossom in ways I never knew I would. It is so rewarding to see a transformation taking place from the inside out. We have had some great discussions and experiences. I feel SO BLESSED to be able to do this, and I'm so thankful I made the decision!!!