That being said, Oak Meadow was a good curriculum. While I didn't have any troubles with it, I found myself being pulled in a different direction. So with that in mind, I set off to find a new curriculum that would suit that need. First I decided what I liked as the best learning method.
I liked the idea of block scheduling. Blocks allow for you to dive deep into topics generally for around 4 weeks. The ability to delve into interest can foster all different kinds of learning within the block. It's fascinating where it can take you. Why wait until college to pursue your interests? This is something that interest/project led schooling allows you to do. It is also something that I love about those who loosely allow some unschooling.
Next thing on my list I needed was something else to subsidize my schooling, kind of my training wheels I'm not yet ready to let go of. So for a light year long curriculum to follow, I didn't want it to be pricey, especially needing a Kindergarten and Second grade program this year. Also I still really like the developmental philosophies of Waldorf and their general learning timeline. So I chose a Waldorf curriculum to be my spine.
This year I've chosen Waldorf Essentials. They are founded by another homeschooling family, who wrote their own curriculum for their own kids. I've found that Melissa's parents sections of the books are wonderfully warm and caring. They also have consultation services if you need it. Melissa's program has a unique approach to it as well, in addition to curriculum there is a parent enrichment kind of program as well to assist your own personal growth. This sold me, in addition to being very affordable, I enjoyed the inspiration and sense of community I found within her writing. The feeling of nourishment from reading the textbooks resonated well.
Now that I had my core program that was so affordable, I now had wiggle room to pick out other bits to further learning. I had heard terrific things about Life of Fred and was interested in getting them. So that's what we did. The math is presented in a fun manner, within a story that is terrific. At the end of the chapter the kids have "Your turn to Play" to practice their new skills. My son now begs to do his math, which makes me a happy mama.
The other bit that is still a bit of a struggle is reading. So we use readingeggs.com to help him with his reading. We are slowly working on his skills and it's done in a non-pressure manner that he usually enjoys. This is key to me, I don't want reading to be a chore. We also include a number of other reading sources to instill a love of stories, even if he can't read them himself yet.
So, these are our new choices for the year. What are your curriculum choices for the coming year?