Getting Organized for the New School Year

Here in So Cal we have a little over a week left of summer vacation…

once again summer has slipped away far too quickly!

So, in anticipation of homeschooling all three of my kiddos this year (12, 15 & 16),

I decided I’d better start getting everything organized…

The photo above shows how I organized the books into individual bins for my three kiddos…

That way, they can pick up their bin and take it wherever we decide to do school on any given day…

And the bins can be stored in their room and out of my kitchen at the end of each school day!

You might be interested in reading my earlier post about curriculum

Extra supplies I will store in my closet…you’ve got to stock up when the back to school sales are so great!

My “Desk Apprentice” from Staples…my new favorite organizer!

After seeing how other’s on Pinterest used their’s for homeschooling, I knew I just had to have one!

It’s amazing the amount of supplies this puppy holds!

No more rummaging through drawers and cabinets looking for supplies…

Once I’ve got it placed in it’s new home, I’ll share a photo…

I’m hoping to use a spot on my kitchen counter, close to the kitchen table where we do most of our schoolwork.

Now I’ve got to go organize the kitchen counter to make room for my new toy!

Back to School in Three Weeks!!!!!

Where did the summer go????  How did June disappear so quickly and now July has become a blur!

As I realized how near the beginning of the 2011 school year was, I started to panic!  Ahh, I need to nail down my curriculum choices and start making some purchases!  Thank goodness I had put in a few hours of research in the spring and had been keeping my eyes and ears open for more ideas…

So, today, I spent another five hours or so on my computer…making sure my order with Timberdoodle was finished by noon so that I could receive free shipping…checking ebay to see if some of the curriculum I wanted was listed at a better deal (now let’s hope I win the auction!)…checking Amazon, Rainbow Resource & Christian Book Distributors pricing as well…

Then I had a couple of subjects that I just wasn’t sure of yet…Math for my 7th grader who will be homeschooling for the first time – do I use Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra like I did with my girls?  He’s quite a gifted student so I want to make sure that he’s challenged but at the same time, that the transition from public school to home would be a smooth one – for both of us!  So, I used several sites for advice: Cathy Duffy Reviews, Home School Reviews.com & Math.com.  Life of Fred stuck out to me & my son – it’s very non-traditional in it’s approach but all of the reviews I read were very positive about how comprehensive the curriculum is – and it’s approximately one-third of the price of typical math curriculum.

I also needed to research a Spanish curriculum that was given to us (Berlitz Spanish Premier Software), to make sure that it would comprehensive enough to count for high school credits.  This turned out to be much more difficult than I expected!  I still don’t have a concrete answer…most sites recommend Rosetta Stone – but I really don’t want to shell out more money if I can use what I already have…

So, here’s what I have ordered/planned so far:

11th Grader:

Math ~ Teaching Company DVD Series – Algebra II

Easy Grammar Ultimate

Editor in Chief C2

Wordsmith Craftsman

The Fallacy Detective

Cracking the SAT 2011 Edition

History ~ World Empires, World Missions, World Wars by Diane Waring

Science ~ taking an Anatomy & Physiology class at our Christian School

Foreign Langage ~ Berlitz Spanish Premier Software

P.E. ~ Club Soccer

Bible?

10th Grader:

Math ~ Finishing Teaching Textbooks Algebra & then starting Algebra II

Easy Grammar Ultimate

Editor in Chief C2

Wordsmith Craftsman

The Fallacy Detective

History ~ World Empires, World Missions, World Wars by Diane Waring

Science ~ Sonlight Science 5 ~ Health, Medicine & Human Anatomy + Precepts of Anatomy & Physiology (added to bring the curriculum up to high school level)

Foreign Langage ~ Berlitz Spanish Premier Software

P.E. ~ Club Soccer

Elective?

Bible?

7th Grader:

Math ~ Life of Fred, Beginning Algebra

Easy Grammar Plus

Editor in Chief B1

Wordsmith Student

The Fallacy Detective

History ~ Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries by Diane Waring

Science ~ Sonlight Science 5 ~ Health, Medicine & Human Anatomy

P.E. ~ Club Soccer

Bible?

Elective?