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?