Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Homeschooling, What We Decided...
As you may remember from this post, my husband and I were once again back at the point of prayer over our homeschooling! I won't bore you all by lamenting over our previous choices, but simply fill you in on what we decided through much prayer, consideration and advice from other Christian home educating friends.
We knew from past experience that we simply could not rely on ourselves to review and remove the worldly content from the Irish State textbooks. There is definitely too much of it to start with, I'd be there all day long with my faithful Sharpie! Seriously though, we make mistakes, and may miss something that is not in our childrens best interests to read. So we finally decided to make a full switch to a Christian curriculum. What a relief that was!
I really dislike researching curriculum; it makes my head hurt! As we were also importing it from overseas, there was the extra issue of not really being able to make an informed choice, due to the fact that we couldn't get a hands-on look at samples from each publisher. We consulted with our Pastor who both recommended BJU and A Beka. We decided to go with A Beka, as I felt that that would be the best choice for us, plus I felt the BJU website was somewhat confusing.
The day our packages arrived (thankfully, the exorbitant postage ensured that they were delivered VERY quickly) we were all so excited! Dylan also, as he had a couple of things coming from A Beka: a hymnal, CD, another math book (he is almost finished with the "senior infants/K5" one he started in September!!) and Bible memory cards. Amy and I went through each book individually and I was very impressed with both the moral and academic content. In all honesty I found the academic content to be superior compared with the Irish public school books. Our Pastor's wife was such a blessing to us, when making decisions regarding our order. She was the only person who advised us (using her own homeschooling experience) to buy the "teachers editions" also. Based on her recommendation, my husband agreed we should get them one time, and then see whether it would be good to buy them subsequent years. I don't know about you all, but I LOVE them! I feel that they help me stay on track and be more efficient with our schooling, plus marking is so easy and fast having all the answers right there too! So yes, we are LOVING our new school materials; I only wish that every child in our country had access to such high standard curriculum.
**Note**: Blogger has informed me that I have reached my maximum free photo storage and wants me to buy more. I'm not sure if I'll do this yet, I'll have to talk it over with my husband. So until then, there will sadly be no picture posts! :(