Saturday, September 13, 2008

HSBA: Something New

This week I hope you’ll share something new you’re using, why you’ve decided to use it, and if you have used it how you like it. Make sure to include the publishing information and where you got it from so others can look into if they like.

We're using quite a few new lessons this year. I have a habit of going on to HS forums and explore what everyone's using. They have been a good resource because I have heard of material I might not otherwise have seen. The flip side is, it makes me prone to wandering. So, now we have a great system and I've opted to stay away from the forums to prevent further wandering LOL. Anyhow, here are the newbies in our schoolroom:

1) My Father's World: Exploring Countries and Cultures. We've decided to use this program because it's Charlotte Mason inspired and it's very user friendly. We opted for ECC because I wanted to make sure ds is knowlegeable about world geography and cultures before we study the ancients. We really enjoy this program and hope to continue using MFW. The Hazell's have worked hard to include great projects to go along with the lessons and it's fun!

2) All About Spelling: Ds is still working on his reading, so I'm holding off a bit on the grammar part, but I wanted to start with spelling. This is a multisensory program that uses phonograms to teach the different sounds of the English language. The student then learns to spell with tiles on a magnetic board first, then on paper next. It also includes light grammar (e.g. Names start with capital letters). A friend ordered and enjoyed the program. I did some research and liked the feedback. We very much like this program as well.

3) Blessed Heritage. I wrote about this a little bit a couple entries ago. I have yet to receive it (Belinda Bullard, the author, appears to live near the path of Ike), but I'm very excited to begin. It is an inclusive early American History curriculum representing all cultural aspects of the experience in the United States. It is the type of curriculum I've been waiting for.

To check out new curriculum that other HS'ers are using, check out the Homeschool Blog Awards icon to the right :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your new curriculum, #1 & #3 sound very interesting. I did look at the My Father's World that you linked to and it looks very interesting. I'll to look a bit deeper into it.

Have fun this year.