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School Thoughts for 2013/2014

Well it’s that time of year again when I’m thinking, thinking, thinking. Oh my. Every year I think I have it figured out and I don’t, haha.

For this coming fall I thought Heart of Dakota was going to work for all my kids. I had hoped so because I love the whole set up but you know what? Juggling those guides is not for me. I tried and failed miserably.

I also found that I want to go back to grouping some of the kids together and it was really hard with Heart of Dakota. So I’m not sure what to do.
This summer I have had Ethan, Brent, and Caleb work together with Excellence in Writing, Moving Beyond the Page, and Latin. We actually liked it. So I’m thinking of doing something similar this school year.

Caleb commented how he liked us learning together rather then him going off to read and do all his schoolwork or most of it on his own.

I think I’d like us to have group time and assign their work to do on their own. I do think that the children need to have ‘seatwork’ time and use workbooks as well as oral and written narrations.
My brain is working hard to figure this out and I’m looking at two companies right now. Simply Charlotte Mason and Memoria Press.

I know for Lance I want him using Memoria Press Curriculum package. I want to start him with more structure. That child has too much time on his hands.
Ethan and Brent need more structure too. I found with Brent that he needs more direction. He’s not a ‘send off’ student like Josh, Annette, and Caleb. With them you can assign and they get it done. Brent has a hard time with this.

Ethan too needs structure. I find that he like Lance has too much free time and I don’t think it’s building his character. Let’s just say too much feeling sorry for himself and bickering with his siblings.
This year I want my children a bit more near, like a one room schoolhouse but I’m not sure how to accomplish that.

It becomes a bit harder when one has struggling students. This means mom needs to be more involved. Of course I don’t mind but it’s always been a struggle for me to juggle all the children.
With Simply Charlotte Mason I like how history, geography, and Bible would work with Caleb, Brent, and Ethan. What I don’t like is I’d need to schedule Latin, Grammar, Math, etc. I want something that has it all. This is why I was looking at Memoria Press. My thoughts were to find one package that would fit all three children. The 4th grade package seems like a good place to start because it seems all the higher packages say to do the previous grammar, writing, etc. anyway.

Then I was thinking I could use Simply Charlotte Mason Bible, History, & Geography, with Caleb and he could join us for Latin. Then have him do any SCM work on his own and use Excellence in Writing on his own and math. But then he’s only with us for Latin.
Yikes, it’s almost five o’clock. I am late with getting supper going. I’ll have to come back and continue writing my thoughts later.


  1. I'm anxiously awaiting your final decisions.

    We made our final decisions this past week and are sticking with HOD (LHTH, Beyond & RevtoRev) & doing some FIAR. I need the easily laid out structure with my husband being ill. I know that despite all the multiple ages, HOD is organized and doable for us.

    You are such an incredible Mom & Teacher, so I am sure that you will have a really wonderful year of schooling ahead.

  2. I am anxious too, I keep going back and forth.

    If my boys were better at reading I know I could make HOD work but right now we will most likely put it aside. But you never know.

    I'm so glad you all have decided. You have always been so good with making homeschooling come alive. I love all you do with your children.


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