What if you feel you've made wrong choices in curriculum?
Ok, so I really have been feeling anxiety about some of the choices Ive made with homeschool curriculum. If I could have had a mentor in the very beginning, explaining the history cycles, etc. and to map out a plan....that would have been great. I have had some good years, but now Im getting scared.
I was always told just read to your kids and let them play outside and write their name in the dirt. Your kids are young (when i first started) and this is all they need. So I never really had a lot of mentoring. We have a large homeschool association and I've always been involved. We have gone to the NCHE large homeschool conferences as well as some smaller ones (Teach them Diligently etc.)
I started out with My Fathers World, which I really liked at 2nd grade. I then took a year off from that and did totally Charlotte Mason with Ambleside Online. I had a small CM group and we learned a lot. I made a notebook and printed out lots of info from Simply Charlotte Mason and Charlotte Mason Helps websites. We had a good year that year, as I was younger and my brain was working properly and I made them out their own schedule and everything. It was a rich year. But the history (Truth Quest History) had us using a spine that was way too old for my boys and way too detailed and I never got half way thru history that year.
Then the following year I use MFW again because I had a 3rd and 5th grader and we were ready for Exploring Countries and Cultures. It also was a FABulous year, I learned a lot, read a lot of books to them, and we learned so much about Geography. I couldnt wait to get out of bed to start our day!
This year, we had a few tragedies - had to have our cat put to sleep in April and In May my son broke a bone in his foot. So we were stuck at home ALL summer. And I am a people person, who loves to get out of the house and go places. So that really hit me. Not only that, take in that I don't have any family here, and the loneliness - I had sort of a really strange physical thing happen, where I had like a nervous break down type thing (I'm only 45 years old). I had depression, anxiety, and brain fog, hot flashes, lost weight, couldn't eat, smells bothered me. Probably all hormonal or some thyroid (still trying to get this resolved)
All along thru homeschooling, I only used minimal grammar. I liked the Queens workbooks but never used the copywork it was just too much for younger boys who hated to write and had not matured in that area yet (2nd and 3rd grades). I never used literature studies or anything like that. I just read good books and encouraged our two boys to read them as well. and they read well. They just don't read a LOT. (i need to assign a book to them for our history period but have yet to do so, but they both are reading good personal books). I used narration a lot but currently sometimes I forget. My older one does not do this automatically. AT the times I read, I am not sure my younger son listens as well but he always narrates what he reads. ( I know I need to improve on the narration)
I decided to wait on grammar because I had heard thru so many mentors that if you wait til 5th or 6th grade they are ready to grasp it and it will come easy to them. So I did. I chose Easy Grammar. And we like it. But my son is in 6th grade and I started them both in the 3rd grade book because that is where it starts. It is just grammar, nothing else. I feel like I should have chosen an English like Rod and Staff (last year when he was in 5th grade) that would help them to write. My plan was to use narration as the natural method of learning to write. I still like that idea and have yet to use it much. I just feel so lost and wonder if there is anyone else who feels like me. Wishing you had used this or stayed with American History the first 5 years of their life to give them a good foundation. ( I had messed that up too and used ancient history book 1 with Story of the world when my younger son was in 2nd grade!)
I just dont feel so confident like most homeschool moms do. How do you get to this point if you are not that smart? I struggled alot this year knowing what to use. Then a friend loaned me My Fathers World which was Ancient History (i really did not want to do this again but it was given to me, and I felt like it might be an answer to prayer)- Creation to the GReeks. I was very happy that we didnt have the $ to buy curriculum anyhow so it seemed like an answer to prayer. WEe love the Creation to the Greek because the history is reading from the bible mostly at this point. But Im not sure I like the MFW package anymore. Some of it is babyish.
My son will be in 7th grade next year and Im just really scared. I know he has tested good, and that they don't even test in History. But - I want a good confident child who writes well. and I haven't liked most of the writing programs I have looked at. We've used Diana Hanbury King Writing Book A and its forced, he hates it. I feel it shouldnt be forced. It should come natural. I know I need to use a really good Science and History for his sake and a really good English. I'm just wondering if anyone else is feeling this way - like I just need encouragement and direction. I'm scared for the higher years. when they were younger, it was easier.