I love spring. The blossoms, new life, garden plots. I love everything about spring. In the world of homeschooling, spring means picking out next years curriculum. I love searching online and fingering through catalogs that are 12 inches thick. I love knowing that we (as parents) are in control of our children’s education and with that have the opportunity to fine tune their classes to meet their needs.
As much fun as it is, it’s also a continuous learning process. Consultations with our Supervising Teacher and researching the state requirements. This year we started out with Switched on Schoolhouse for Math, Science and Language Arts. I like the program, it has its down sides as well. It wasn’t a great fit for our 5th grader. We switched to Teaching Textbooks. It was okay as well. We have landed somewhere in the middle with catered curriculum, blending everything we have to meet her needs.
Next year we have chosen to use The Jason Project (Science) for our oldest two children. I am so excited about this program! The online portion is FREE and you have the ability to specifically design each childs class to meet their needs. The experiments are all comprised of easy to find, inexpensive items…and that is a major plus. If you so choose, you can opt to purchase the material and supplies from The Jason Project store. I know our children are excited for the Tectonic Fury segment. The below image is their teacher pack, which includes: teacher book, student book and DVD for a very reasonable $80.00.
If you haven’t heard of The Jason Project, haven’t experienced the endless amount of curriculum they have to offer your child(ren), I would like to encourage you to spend some time on their website. Even if you do not homeschool your children, you may find this a valuable resource for summer retention or extra help.