Saturday, May 16, 2009

Homeschool porn

Seriously...all of my homeschooling curriculum catalogs came in the mail at once this week and I was so excited. I'm such a dork. I know you can look at all of their things online, but I love catalogs. Shiny new catalogs that come with plastic around them.

I'm like Critter. Have you read the "When I get Bigger" story about Critter? He says all the things he'll do when he gets bigger, and my favorite one is the page that says "When I get bigger...I'll order something from a catalog, and it will come in the mail." I love it when stuff comes in the mail. Especially books.

Look at them all spread out there on the table. It's a big conglomeration of curriculums that aren't supposed to go together neccessarily, but yet...they do.

Look at Montessori with it's actual human body x-rays. Fabulous. I look at this and I think science just might be interesting afterall.

A Beka, which has this obsession with way too many textbooks/readers/worksheets, does a few things very well. And phonics is one of them. Don't mess with A Beka phonics flashcards. I have taken these babies everywhere. I've taught Claire to read with them, a neighbor girl, and the kids at the school where I tutor. A Beka has a workbook for everything, a shiny chart for everything, and I love them for that. I'd never use their entire curriculum because we'd drown in readers and worksheets, but we use their phonics stuff, and, so far...the math workbook. Because that is the way Claire rolls.

But do not forget Veritas Press and their beautiful illustrative history cards. I don't even own these yet because I tiptoed into ancient history with Well-Trained Mind's Story of the World history books, but we may be ordering the cards from VP this year, because they are so beautiful and because I am now obsessed with history.
Seriously...I can't wait to order something. All of it. And I haven't even received my waldorf catalogs yet. Art supplies! Tiny gnomes! I have goosebumps.

1 comment:

ohio12 said...

reign it in! at least that is what i have to tell myself. it IS too fun to buy something and have it come in the mail. i bought Els a book recently and she said, "you should have had it come in the mail!" i can't decide on some stuff for next year. can we discuss science lapbooks sometime?