One important thing that I have resolved not to do is to try too hard. When I find myself feeling giving in to the pressure, I remind myself what a blessing it will be to have my son home and watch him grow into a wonderful young man. I remember that it's perfectly fine to take it slow and ease into it. I am not tied to a public school format anymore.
My little family attended the Great Homeschooling Convention last weekend at the Ontario Convention Center. It was our very first time and we were delighted to see the wonderful selection of curricula, electives, and sources of support for homeschooling parents! We came home with loads of catalogs, pamphlets, pens, and flyers. I do enjoy catalogs. I have to admit it. I enjoy reading through them and I get excited, he he.
I already had an idea of the ones I was particularly interested in, but I was pleasantly surprised to find so many other great ones.
We are considering A Beka for a few subjects, but I do like Apologia's Science curriculum. As an avid reader, I find the literary approach of Sonlight Curriculum very fascinating, but have heard their Language Arts is not as great as others'. The possibilities as great and that makes my choices that much more difficult to make. There are also wonderful Bible study, apologetics, and writing programs to choose from! I love that many of them have the lessons all laid out for us and students are more able to work independently for much of the time. For my first year, I would love to get something of that sort; a fully laid out plan with lessons, study questions, and schedules suggested. In this way, I believe I will have a much easier first year while I get used to the routine. Next year I can work on planning my own, perhaps.
I also looked for a good planner. I like planners. I enjoy making lists and keeping things on record. It helps me stay organized and I feel more in control. It also helps get more things done. I found, though, that the planners I liked the most are a bit pricey. I realize it'd be a good investment, but I decided to make my own. I purchased a $1 binder, and used scrapbooking paper to decorate the front and back. It's totally not necessary to have a pretty planner, but I enjoy pretty planners, actually, he he.
Although we are on a summer "learning session," with different subjects every day of the week, we won't officially begin our homeschooling year until my niece and nephew return to their scheduled school year in mid-August. My son is pushing for September, but good luck with that, son! For the summer, we are covering Science, Mathematics, History, Writing, Bible Study, Dance, Drama, and Sign Language.
Even though the school year is quickly approaching and I haven't figured out the curriculum, I am excited! I will continue to pray I make the right choices, but I know God's grace is sufficient even through the wrong ones. Good thing too, since I will likely make a few.