A Charlotte Mason homeschool......

A Charlotte Mason homeschool
with a sprinkling of Waldorf, a dash of Classical, and a healthy dose of rabbit trails.....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

First up at Wild Roots boot camp: change up some curriculum.

As a homeschool mom, it's hard not to have our heads turned around by all the sexy, exciting curriculum. Some of them just look so good. You know, the kind of curriculum you'd just like to curl up next to, run your hands over their catalogs, read all their books, do their activities. You just know this is the curriculum you've been waiting for. Where you been all my homeschooling life, you want to ask. What happens sometimes, is if you actually commit to one of these, sometimes it is great. However, sometimes you find out, they don't do their dishes and do leave dirty socks out. They don't even listen well........oh, wait....I was talking about curriculum. So, okay, they aren't always what you want them to be.

Really, this isn't my problem this time. (Of course, I've been there more times than I can count. Hence, the huge pile of stuff I have waiting to be sold.) This time, however, it is more a mental shift in approach. I have been reading The Latin Centered Curriculum. I am thinking I want to have a slightly more classical approach. Perhaps I will shift it slightly this year and more next year. I have been looking at Great Books Academy and Memoria Press.  At first, I wanted to jump in and change it all. That was the answer, but no, I see they are bits and pieces of each I may use. And again, I may make more of a change for next year, but for now these are the changes I am leaning towards:

For my younger ds, whose reading ability is almost there, but not quite:
Memoria Press Classical Phonics
Memoria Press More Storytime Treasures
Memoria Press D'Aulaire's Greek Myths studies

For my older ds:
Literature study from Great Books Academy (I own grade 3 already and quite frankly, I think it's a good place for him to start even though he is in sixth grade.)
Memoria Press literature guides for sixth grade (I may add these in later or alternate with the Great Books guide.)
Writing--I am trying to decide between IEW Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales or Imitation in Writing Aesop's and then their Fairy Tales book.
I have debated  whether I would add anything to history for him, though I don't think he needs more. And really, he is enjoying what he is studying now(modern history.)

I am setting this Saturday as my deadline for all these decisions. I can really dawdle over this kind of stuff, researching, reading, asking questions until  I raise my head up again and realize it's February. Um, no. Not going to happen this time. I am, after all, in boot camp.

So that's it for today. I've actually figured some of this out pretty quickly, for me. I'll let you know when I firm up the decisions.

Thanks for stopping by and keeping me on track!


  1. I can't wait to see how you change up your curriculum. I know all too well what you mean about expecting some miracle curriculum to be the cure-all for all your ails. And then it brings its own set of symptoms into the house. LOL
    Keep marching!!

  2. Good luck with this! I find making curriculum decisions can be some of the hardest decisions of all. Can't wait to hear what you pick.