Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wishing and Buying for next year

I placed an Amazon order today and created a wishlist at Peace Hill Press and another at Rainbow Resources. I purchased several field guides and books for science, WWE level 2 workbook, handwriting books for both girls, and several early reader books based on SOTW and RSO. I was about to place an order with rainbow resources and I thought maybe I should spread out the financial pain. I quickly moved all of my items to my wishlist. It can wait, so I guess I can too. At Peace Hill Peace, I put SOTW II, activity guide, and 2 sets of student pages on my wishlist. I also put student pages for WWE I for my youngest next year. I still need to gather all of the many items for the experiments, but I still have plenty of time.

I found a great website to help with spelling and math drills. The best part is that it is free. The kids do the math drill or spelling bee. After they finish successfully they earn a point to play a game.

http://www.bigiqkids.com/

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Science Excitement this week


This week was a good science week. The kids really enjoy Apologia. I had my doubts; I thought it would be above their heads or too textbooky. We made a model of Olympus Mons, a volcano on Mars, the largest in the universe.
Everything is going so well with Apologia, so why am I thinking of switching? The next rec commended book for Apologia is Botany, a whole entire year spent on plants. Then the next is a whole year spent on Marine life and then birds. I am worried that my kids will get bored with Science. I am worried that I will be bored with science. When will they learn about matter and clouds if they spend the next four years learning about living things. While I love the thoroughness of the books and the idea of having a book devoted to each day of creation, I think we may need more variety.
People have made several recommendations. Some of which include: Elemental Science, NEO, Real Science4 kids, and R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey. Right now I am leaning toward R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey. It is rich with experiments and it has a drool worthy recommended book list. It reminds me fondly of Story of the World. I even took the first step towards RSO, I joined the Yahoo Group. I may go back Apologia for Elementary, but for next year, we are testing new waters with RSO. I am excited and nervous. I have yet to find a science kit for all the experiments. (They are so easy to find those for Apologia). I will probably have to gather each item one at a time. I really hope it is worth it.