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P'once a little time there was a girl. This girl grew up to be a Mamma to three little girls all very much like herself. And this little Mamma knew she just had to have a place of her own to keep all things home school right at her fingertips.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Planning: Year 4 2012/13

Wow it's been awhile since I've been able to post. We finally decided to get a real internet connection as of yesterday and found a computer at a garage sale for $30! So I no longer am left with my iPod touch to try to make updates to this blog... which I completely gave up on months ago!

I attended the Fort Wayne Used Homeschool Curriculum sale this Tuesday and while I left with a couple good titles, I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed in the overall quality of what I found in literature available. I'm not so sure I'll be half as excited to attend next year.

I found Abeka Arithmetic 3 for Free! After this past year I had been considering finding a more in depth math curriculum than what I have been using for the past three years (Houghton Mifflin), but I wasn't entirely certain which to go with. I was considering Saxton, however the price range alone was out of our reach. Abeka was a close second. The copy I found is old but at least gives me a chance to review the material over the summer and consider purchasing a newer/used edition before fall.

Writing with Ease 2 by Susan Wise Bauer. Even though all the student pages are missing I think I'd rather have a notebook dedicated to this subject for third grade. Ya! This is going to be perfect for Mara. It really focuses on areas that she can use the most help in and is literature based. Double bonus.

A microscope, and Science Detectives book. While I think I could have gotten by with what we have in house for Science I figured it wouldn't hurt to bolster our Science toys a little more. Mara actually picked out Science Detectives, of course. This was actually the reason I was most pleased with this sale. It gave us a chance to look at her books for next year together, instead of me looking and comparing online each summer. It gave her the opportunity to participate in choosing her own curriculum and that will give her another level of anticipation for next year.

Those were the main things I brought home that I'm most excited. A few others to add to our shelves: Little Women, Little Men, The Moffat Museum, Harry Cat's Pet Puppy and an interesting Japanese Wood Block Cut Prints Coloring Book. There might be one or two others that I have forgotten.

Oh yes, and while reorganizing our front room I realized that I already have a great piece of furniture to begin using the workbox idea for next year. Our trusty 747 as it's been named. Richard's old architecture supply cabinet from grad school. So that's one less thing on my list :) I am pleased. Now to give it a fresh coat of paint and haul the thing upstairs!

Still on my list:

Susan Wise Bauers World History book 3 and test book
Finish buying Math Curriculum
Audobon guide to Trees / Flowers
Music Appreciation

Any of these in literature:

Children of the New Forest
The Jungle Book
At the Back of the North Wind
The Bears of Blue River
The Saturdays
Gone Away Lake
King of the Wind
Mother Carey's Chickens
The Enchanted Castle
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The Bestiary: A book of Beasts
Dido and Pa
The Three Royal Monkeys
Oliver Twist
The House of Sixty Fathers
The Book of British Fairy Tales
Voyage Round the Horn
Are all the Giants Dead?
The Diamond in the Window
The Queens Brooch
The Trumpeter of Krakow
The Children of Green Knowe
The Stranger at Green Knowe
The Thirteen Clocks
The Last Guru

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