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We've started school

Heather BouwhuizenComment

The kids are going to visit their grandparents at the end of August.  We are normally a few weeks into school by then.  This year, we started earlier than normal, so they can have that week off.  

The curriculum we are using this year is Discovery K12.  

The things I like about it: 

1. It's free!  

2.  It has a secular worldview  

3.  It's computer based, so I don't have piles of school books everywhere.  

Things I don't like:  

1.  I wish it had a parent portal ( I've been told one is in development)

2.  I worry about them spending all their time on computers

3. It's good basic information, but we are supplementing in science and maybe math.  

 

We we are also using Brainpop (great science and history videos), Story of the World, Reading Eggs and Math Seeds (my first grader), ABC Mouse (my preschooler) and my preschooler is using a workbook series (Everything Your Preschooler Needs to Know).  We are also going to read Around the World in Eighty Days (I'll read this aloud to them) and do some geography activities associated with this.   

Since much of our curriculum is either free, or a continuation from last year, our total bill for homeschooling the kids this year is about $100.  Since our overall homeschooling costs are so low this year, it has allowed us to buy the kids two additional netbooks, so now we can all sit together, and work on school together, which makes my job a little easier. 

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What curriculum are you using this year?  What to you like/dislike about it?  Have you started school yet?  I'd love to hear from you.