1. I’m so excited to follow your year! I remember having four kiddos and wondering what I was going to do. This year I have eight of them! LOL! Mine are age 12 (7th grade) down to the newborn in my arms as I type. Should be an interesting year. I shared our curriculum plans on my blog: http://ourbusyhomeschool.com/2013-2014-curriculum-large-family-style/

    I read The Writer’s Jungle a few months ago and need to read it again now that we’re close to resuming school. Loved it. Now to apply it!

  2. Chantelle

    I like Spelling Workout but only IF I go over the rules and words with them on the first day of the week. Then they can work through the workbook on their own. I tried Spelling Wisdom one year for about 2 months and thought I would pull my hair out. So far, my older 2 are poor spellers and I, like you, wonder how necessary it really is given that they will most likely utilize technology for most, if not all, their writing as they age. DH is also a terrible speller but as an accountant, and with the use of technology it hasn’t hindered him any. I’m not going to let my kids off the hook and just not do but I’m unwilling to let spelling make me crazy! I have to pick my battles and I’ve chosen to let this one go 🙂

  3. I have mixed feelings about the direction we’re going for science too. I just didn’t think I could really handle Vol 2. of BFSU, but I really wanted to do an earth science/astronomy year. If Apologia would have had an Earth science text, I might have gone with them, but they only have the astronomy bit. So we with Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space. I think it will be okay, but we’ll still be supplementing. Miss M would love just doing nature study I think…but I don’t quite think DH (the scientist) would approve. 😉

  4. I’ll be interested to see your posts about writing a la Bravewriter. I’ve been intrigued but have resisted because I have this feeling that it will leave me feeling dissatisfied with what we do and because right now what we do works ok. It’s not exciting, but it’s getting the job done and I’m not sure I need to stir the pot too much. Still…I’m intrigued. 🙂

    • Amy

      Alice, I’m still mulling it all over. It really isn’t a curriculum–more of a philosophy, really, and I think it might help me loosen up a bit. 😉

  5. Looks like a good year ahead of you. It’s making me a little sad that we are leaving behind Writing with Ease and First Language Lessons – I just know there is no way that we will be able to fit that in with what I think will be required with Essentials. I may try and slip it in with N2 occasionally. It is just getting it to all fit into a day!

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