View Poll Results: Are you making curriculum changes for the New Year?

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  • Yes, we are changing our curriculum completely.

    2 4.44%
  • Yes, we are changing curriculum for at least one child.

    1 2.22%
  • Yes, we are changing curriculum in one or more subjects.

    22 48.89%
  • No, we are sticking with our current curriculum for the rest of the school year.

    12 26.67%
  • No, we don't use any formal curriculum.

    3 6.67%
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    Default Weekly Poll: Are you making curriculum changes for the New Year?

    Looking back, I know that our biggest curriculum switch-ups have usually been either during the summer or over winter break. It just somehow seemed the appropriate time to make necessary changes in things that simply weren't working. And one time, we were all so stressed out with our curriculum that we suddenly decided to unschool right in the middle of the school year.

    So I wondered if any of you are making curriculum changes right now. I'd love for you to share what has been/hasn't been working for you lately. I'm sure our newbie homeschoolers would also appreciate some insights into things you've learned "the hard way".
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    Smooth sailing so far, so we're carrying on with the same materials. I'd like my husband to use something different to teach our son Latin, but he's being stubborn (my husband, that is).
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 8.5 and son age 10.

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    Thinking back I am pretty sure that I make changes after every winter break. It helps to motivate us for the rest of the school year and keeps things fresh and interesting. Our overall method usually stays the same, but we add things that we have grown interested in and take away things that are boring us. This year I finally found a science curriculum that interests the kids and yet requires almost no scientific knowledge from me. Science is the only subject I struggle to teach them so this new curriculum has brought me a great amount of relief! We did a couple lessons before the winter break and I know its going to become a part of our daily routine. I also plan to work even harder to find other secular homeschoolers in our area. The main thing we lack is face-to-face interaction with other homeschoolers and I am done wasting my time with religious homeschool groups that make us feel like outsiders....sounds like a New Year's resolution coming on...

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    We are changing grammar from haphazard missmash to Analytical Grammar and reading for the youngs from 100 EZ Lessons to Progressive Phonics.

    That's about it though.
    Our style is mostly eclectic and extremely relaxed.
    Taking it all one day at a time and growing and learning as we go.

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    I'm not specifically changing any subjects or curric, but I AM changing to something more laid-back.

    I'm trying to convince myself that child-learned content (for instance, my dd's learning about chemistry through her own experimentation or through her own reading/docu watching) 'counts' every bit as much. I'm trying to listen to the voice in my head that scoffs at ps principle of written work... and release myself from the mental slavery of ps. It's a hard road for me (I LOVED ps in elementary... loved the worksheets, loved it all), but I'm tired of caring about 180 frickin' days of useless written work. The LEARNING is the thing, not the seatwork.

    I'm going to investigate unschooling more- not because I want to unschool, but for balance. I think I spent too much time on another forum (what?? you aren't doing 3 math curric, 2 foreign languages, a separate curric for every bit of LA, 2 musical instruments, and in their free-time your kids don't make rockets (life sized) out of legos???), and I'm still feeling like my kids don't do ENOUGH.. when in my heart I think I probably expect too much.

    Constant quest for my own balance. My kids are awesome little people all on their own, and the learning doesn't stop when their worksheets are all filled out or we've had the last lecture-question-answer session for the day.

    It's probably selfishness on my part- my kids' brains are like a new toy, and I am constantly excited to see what else I can teach them.
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    Homeschooling dd (8yo, 2nd) and ds (10yo, 4th) eclectically

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuesday Swanner View Post
    This year I finally found a science curriculum that interests the kids and yet requires almost no scientific knowledge from me. Science is the only subject I struggle to teach them so this new curriculum has brought me a great amount of relief! We did a couple lessons before the winter break and I know its going to become a part of our daily routine.
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    I chose "No, we're sticking with it" but probably should have chosen "We don't use a formal curriculum". We shift things in and out all the time, take breaks from something for a while then go back to it later..

    However, for stuff where we do have a set curriculum plan, I can't see us changing this year.
    DS 6/03, DD1 9/06, DD2 10/10, DD3 4/14
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    I am changing a few subjects (dropping Saxon, Shurley English and Writing with Ease) and changing our method to be closer to a Charlotte Mason approach. I will have the kids practice writing from our literature choices. I bought Ray's Arithmetic and will use this along with math games. I am a bit anxious, but think it is all worth a try. My kids are still young and we want them to continue to love learning.
    Patty - homeschooling two great kids (6 & 8). My approach has completely changed since we began in 8/11. I thought "school at home" would be our style, but we are evolving, finding out what works for us.

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    We're going with a more relaxed approach with Tornado to avoid (hopefully) the fights over some of his weaker subjects. He's technically only supposed to be in kindy but because his birthday is so close to the cutoff for the the next grade, we've been doing some 1st grade material wth him. Probably going to slow down our expectations of how much he can focus on and accomplish in one day. Hurricane is status quo for now.
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    We won't change much. Since we gave up on MBtP and completed a grammar program, we are going to add in a little formal writing using some Evan Moore workbooks. We'll also be adding guitar back in now that we've found a good place to take lessons, and maybe Spanish if we can find the time. But mostly we've been happy with our curriculum choices and rhythm this year.
    Mama to one son (11)

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