I have had several questions about what I like and don't like about various curriculum, so I thought I would share more about what we do.
First, we don't have a large budget to spend at all. Some years I have prayed that God would provide some materials from somewhere and then I would be blessed to find a whole stack of home school books at a yard sale.
This year I don't think we have spent over $1,000 for all five of our children. Cost is still a very large factor in our decision making. I do think, though, that even if we had lots of money to spend, I would want to be a good steward of our money and consider each item carefully.
I do enjoy many aspects of Oak Meadow. However, buying it new is out of our budget for sure. This year I was able to buy some used materials. I like their more varied, hands on approach with very little "fill-in-the-blank" kind of work.
We do follow much of the Waldorf inspired home learning in the early years by not stressing academics and instead letting the children be creative and artistic as much as possible.
This year I have been using some Rod and Staff with Sarah (age 7), because the lessons are quick and reading lessons are simple and repetitive which she needs. I also appreciate the Christian point of view. We have never had to actually "teach" reading with any of our other children so this has been a new process for me. I am also using Five in a Row with her as I think reading the same story to her each day for five days will help with her reading confidence. I also like the lessons idea that go along with each story. For example, we will read Ping on Monday and talk about China - look it up on the big roll out map on the floor, talk about how long the Yangtze River is and how many trips to Poppa's house that would be, etc...
For high school literature, we have been using the Learning Language Arts through Literature series. Thomas is doing British Literature this year and thoroughly enjoying it.
We were blessed to get two complete Saxon Math sets at a yard sale this year for only $20.00 which saved a lot of money.
I also really like the philosophy of Charlotte Mason. Thus, we add nature study, short lessons and the formation of habits in the younger years.
As you can see, we are truly eclectic home learners that keep ourselves open to what comes our way curriculum wise to keep spending down, while integrating educational philosophies that I agree with into what we have to work with.
I would love to hear from other home school families.
Warm wishes, Tonya