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pandahoneybee
07-27-2011, 08:56 AM
For me it is a combination of adding new curricula (along with our favorite old ones) and planning out some fun field trips again. Our first year I did so many field trips to any and every where that our homeschool group planned. To say the least I got burned out on being gone all the time. Last year it was signing up for too many classes for the boys!

So this year I am exciting about starting a new curriculum that I will be supplementing with our Time4learning lessons and tons of field trips for the youngest. My oldest aged out of Time4learning:( bummer for me! So since he is going to be in 9th grade we are doing unit studies on different types of animal for his Animal biology,co-op classes, and field trips for anything that we are doing unit studies on!

What have you added that you are excited about?

Marmalade
07-27-2011, 09:42 AM
Same here! Math Mammoth would be the curriculum.

(in interest of full disclosure...I'm most looking forward to getting our portfolios out of the way so that the pressure of all of that can go away and we can START the new curriculum without me exploding)

Hampchick
07-27-2011, 11:20 AM
I answered new curriculum choice because I decided to add MCT and will also start doing more with my younger son. But really for me it's not being a first year homeschooler anymore. Not that that makes it easier, but just different. I'm won't be nearly as overwhelmed with curricula choices because we already have things that work for us.

LAR
07-27-2011, 11:21 AM
I am excited about our curriculum! This will be our first full year homeschooling and we'll be using a third grade Calvert curriculum for both girls - kind of a base of instruction. Then we have supplements to challenge our older daughter and more basic materials for our baby (Critical Thinking, MBtP, EvanMoore). Plus, we purchased a membership at a local aquarium and are scheduled for monthly science programs; the girls can't wait! They also can't wait to start a typing program (which I still need to buy). I haven't made a final decision on a grammar program yet (leaning toward Voyages in English...with Analytical Grammar or MCT a close second). Our oldest wants to start school on Monday; if only mom was ready!!!

Amanadoo
07-27-2011, 11:45 AM
This will be our first year of official school, so I'm excited about all of it! Like, maybe kinda sort a lil bit way TOO excited!

hockeymom
07-27-2011, 12:04 PM
I answered most of them but only sports was counted. I'm excited for the whole thing, honestly. In our new area, we'll get to be part of a co-op (yippeee!), have tons of field trip opportunities, enjoy limitless sports and other activities, and my son is ecstatic to finally be studying chemistry. It's going to be a crazy busy year I think, just how we like it :), getting used to our new community, making new friends, exploring the gorgeous area, marveling that we really get to live there (:) )...oh yeah, there is A LOT of excitement in our family right now!

StephSchiff
07-28-2011, 08:29 AM
We are just beginning to homeschool my 7 yr old and I'm most excited about Nature Journaling (like Darwin, sketching the plants, taking pictures, looking them up and labeling them when we get home, using field guides), learning US History by studying explorers and inventors (history will be combined with science and literature), doing science experiments, art projects, and especially learning to build things for both practical purposes and as "sculpture." We just bought the Geekling a set of real tools for his birthday, so as soon as we get our woodshop set up, he'll have appliances and electronics to take apart, wood scraps and other materials to build with, boxes, cans, wire, and other things to invent and build with, and his "Snap Circuits" set that helps him learn about electricity, circuits, motors, batteries, solar power, etc. I can incorporate a lot of learning into our little Inventor's Shop, the possibilities are limitless! It might seem a little crazy to let a 7 yr old use power tools (supervised of course) but I think it will pay off in a big way! Here is the video and blog article about how we decided to let our kid play with power tools and why! http://scikid3.blogspot.com/2011/07/for-geeklings-7th-birthday-we-bought.html
(http://scikid3.blogspot.com/2011/07/for-geeklings-7th-birthday-we-bought.html)
He just finished a week at Camp Invention and is excited to start creating and using the skills he learned at camp!

bcnlvr
07-28-2011, 09:07 AM
I'm excited about finally going rogue with homeschooling. We did virtual academy for a couple years, and we LOVED the curriculum, but not the state administration/requirements. This year we are on our own! MCT, Singapore, and MM are on tap! We can't wait for August 15th!

Riceball_Mommy
07-28-2011, 10:03 AM
I'm mostly excited about the co-ops because last year, my daughter was just a year too young for a whole bunch of them in our local group. I'm anxious for the new co-ops to be listed so I can figure out which ones we'll be able to participate in.

Staysee34
07-28-2011, 12:48 PM
I answered staying at home more not for me really, being a SAHM and all, but for my kids. This being our first year on the homeschooling journey, I'll just be happy to get started before I go insane thinking about it. However, we are still a month away. We have to move first UGH!!

AddlepatedMonkeyMama
07-28-2011, 01:40 PM
New Curriculum. We're adding Sequential Spelling and Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding this year. I'm mostly glad that we're done with our rookie year and I'm going into the coming year feeling more confident and organized.

inmom
07-28-2011, 05:24 PM
I'm excited about finally going rogue with homeschooling. We did virtual academy for a couple years, and we LOVED the curriculum, but not the state administration/requirements. This year we are on our own! MCT, Singapore, and MM are on tap! We can't wait for August 15th!

Too funny. I'm excited to start using some pre-made curriculum after having "gone rogue" and made my own for 6 years. With dd entering 9th grade, I just can't plan/research everything that she needs for a high school curriculum (and my son is only a year behind). So I'm excited about using some online classes they can do independently--open courseware like MIT and the like.

LovingMyChildren
07-28-2011, 10:20 PM
As a newbie, I'll second what Amanadoo said - all of it. But most importantly, I'm most looking forward to getting to know my children more and really seeing them. I mean seeing them in the deepest sense as they experience the excitement, wonderment, puzzlement, confusion, joy or whatever that comes with living and learning.

MrsLOLcat
07-28-2011, 11:29 PM
I voted sports. I can't wait to see how M1 does on the swim team and how he progresses throughout the year... though I suspect that to get everything done that I need to get done, I'll be the weird mom with the laptop sitting in the observation room!

coloradoalice
07-29-2011, 12:10 AM
I said co-op classes but that's not exactly accurate. My kids participate in what is essentially enrichment classes one day a week through the PS here. My daughter has done it the last 2 years but this year my son is ready to start. What this means to me:

I get 6 hours on Fridays all to myself.

I'm excited for the new friends they will make and the experiences they will have and I'm really excited to be able to get errands and random stuff done on Fridays so that I won't feel so pressured to do errands M-Th.

Susanna
07-29-2011, 12:44 AM
For me I put "new curriculum choice" but really it's about not being a 1st year HS'er anymore and (for me) being able to relax a bit and not totally freaking out and second guessing myself about every little thing and driving myself (and my son) nuts! lol So... yes we are starting several new curriculum choices but we are mainly starting out with a whole new (calmer, less frenzied & frantic) attitude. I'm fine. He's doing fine. Everyone in the family is happy with this. No, he hasn't got every US president memorized like his friend in PS (who did that on his own based on personal interest not in PS) but said friend doesn't know as much as DS does in other areas either. I pledge not to worry myself sick about what I might be missing anymore! (I may need to revisit this thread and re-read that every now and then. :) )

Becca
07-29-2011, 02:17 PM
I voted New Curriculum Choice!

We are able to buy everything new and even splurge if that's what I want!

Last year has been all about moving and building the new house.
We used some borrowed and used (text)books, did some 'unschooling' (not really my favorite thing with a big family), some simple activity books.

I'm happy DH and I can now choose for ourselves what we think is the best for our children (and not the church)
My children are able to learn on their own pace, my girls are allowed to study more than just the basic things and 'how to be a good housewife'
The children can now learn about different woldviews, about evolution, languages, cultures, science, history.....

My kids have a lot of supplies and boxes full of stuff for themselves, things they don't have to share (like their own book bags with folders, binders, a nice bible, pencil box, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue and more....)
We have loads of (educational) toys, books (like Harry Potter, Spiderwick, Star Wars, comic books) DVD's.
New furniture for our homeschool, an interactive whiteboard (DH was able to get this through his work, it's really cool)
We have art supplies, writing paper, pens, pencils, classroom posters and decoration.

Just a few things and whe are ready to go!
I can't wait to get started, same thing for the children, they are really looking forward to start school.
We decided to follow our county's school disctrict calendar since DH is able to get the official holiday's and school breaks off from work and we can spend that time as a family and do fun stuff like go to the zoo, musea, the lake, amusement parks and more.
DH is able to work a few hours every week from home, he is able to supervise the children while he's working, but fieldtrips aren't possible when he's working.

Right now I'm working on my 'teacher manual' for this year (with calendars, schedules, progress- and grade charts and more)
I know some people here don't like schedules and grade charts but with a big family you really need an organized system to keep track of what's going on.

DragonFaerie
07-29-2011, 04:13 PM
I wanted to pick two. I'm looking forward to some new curriculum AND new online stuff. DD is so excited about doing Latin and I really think both kids are going to like the new science curricula.

DragonFaerie
07-29-2011, 04:15 PM
I voted New Curriculum Choice!

We are able to buy everything new and even splurge if that's what I want!

Last year has been all about moving and building the new house.
We used some borrowed and used (text)books, did some 'unschooling' (not really my favorite thing with a big family), some simple activity books.

I'm happy DH and I can now choose for ourselves what we think is the best for our children (and not the church)
My children are able to learn on their own pace, my girls are allowed to study more than just the basic things and 'how to be a good housewife'
The children can now learn about different woldviews, about evolution, languages, cultures, science, history.....

My kids have a lot of supplies and boxes full of stuff for themselves, things they don't have to share (like their own book bags with folders, binders, a nice bible, pencil box, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue and more....)
We have loads of (educational) toys, books (like Harry Potter, Spiderwick, Star Wars, comic books) DVD's.
New furniture for our homeschool, an interactive whiteboard (DH was able to get this through his work, it's really cool)
We have art supplies, writing paper, pens, pencils, classroom posters and decoration.



This sounds just wonderful!!!

Magnolia School
07-30-2011, 04:07 PM
We are looking forward to another busy year of co-ops and classes with the basics thrown in wherever I can manage them. We'll also take vacations and field trips in the gaps. I complain every year about how busy we are, but the truth is I don't think I would have it any other way. Our local resources are tremendous and I am thrilled to be able to take advantage of them and give my kids a wide variety of experiences with a wide variety of people. When I'm exhausted at the end of the year and feeling discouraged, I look back and think, "Wow", there is NO WAY a public and private school could beat what we do and I feel so thankful that we can explore the way we do and still have so many great friends to do it with.

Sheri
Magnolia School of Life Learning
Going into my fifth year of homeschooling after 4 years of Montessori Preschool
with a 10 year old going on 20, and an 8 year old sports fanatic.

rumbledolly
07-31-2011, 07:26 PM
Field trips are my number one thing this school year. Because we started in January we really didn't get to do a lot of the things I wanted outside of our "classroom". Can't wait for fall to come so we can visit all the local agricultural fairs!

Batgirl
07-31-2011, 09:52 PM
We got really isolated last year because we didn't have a chance to meet other homeschoolers, so I am looking forward to participating in a local co-op.

It'sallgood
07-31-2011, 10:19 PM
For me, it's new curriculum choice, partly because, like others who have finished their first year hs'ing, I'm excited to have a better idea of what ds likes and how he learns. The first year felt like a search for great curriculum and then trying to squash ourselves into it. This year its just the opposite - having a pretty good sense of what's good for us, and finding great resources that fit.

I love The Story of Science, and am excited to get outside the USA (in studies, anyway!) to learn about ancient civilizations and world geography. as well as other languages, philosophies and cultures. (esp. since I'm a bit upset with our own government at the moment! :p)

Angel
07-31-2011, 10:23 PM
I chose staying at home more, but I don't get to stay at home more, just my son. He's going into 8th grade and will be doing a lot more on his own and that's what I'm excited about. He's dyslexic and we've been working very hard on his reading, so I hope that we can accomplish more in the coming year.