I feel so premature posting about NEXT school year but just had to share what I've been working on. We are going into year 3 of homeschooling, each year different from the last. I feel each year gets better and better.
Our first year we had way too much and not enough structure to hold it all. It was "fly by the seat of our pants" which does work for some. I found out it doesn't work for us.
So this past year, year 2, we used AmblesideOnline, a free Charlotte Mason curriculum. We like Charlotte Mason and really enjoyed AO. However it is very, very literary heavy which wasn't so great for my struggling reader. Unlike our first year we had a strict schedule. I found we stayed on track much better when I knew what was on the itinerary for each day, so that was a plus!
As we embark on year 3 we will combine the aspects we liked from each of our first two years of school: a solid but flexible schedule and an eclectic mix of curriculum rather than one exclusive philosophy.
And so I have made my own schedule/outline for each of my girls in book form! Yes, I made our own books. I can already tell you that I'm obsessed and plan on making many more books. It's so so so easy and fun.
NEXT POST: I'll breakdown the grades that the girls are in with what curriculum books and websites we will be using.
STEPS TO MAKING A SPIRAL BOOK:
1). Make/print all your pages and put them in the order desired.
2). Take to your local office store and ask them to spiral bind them ($2.99 each book, at OfficeMax, as of this date). Adding plastic covers and backsides will cost at least a couple quarters or more each, if you want them.
3). Pickup and pay for your finished books!
You could also buy your own machine if you plan on making a ton.
Happy book making!