Kris at BookWishes goes through the same concern that all homeschool parents have. “Do I have everything I need for year? Or is it too late to add and alter my plans?” Here’s her story:
After I have started homeschooling for the year and I have everything in place for each child for their first semester, I always write everything down and evaluate if I want to add anything else to our curriculum. Sometimes, I couldn’t purchase everything at the first of the year that I wanted (OH that DARN evil Budget!). I have to save more money for items I would like for our family or for an individual child throughout the year.
Therefore, the question then arises, “Can I add more educational courses throughout the year?” My answer, of course, is that there is never a bad time to add something fun for the family or for an individual child.
Maybe a book or program just is not working or you or your child don’t like it. Maybe, you find that your child needs more because they just want more. I am a firm believer, as a home educator, that you do not want to pack your children’s day with a ton of stuff. They need time for interests and other things. We use the Charlotte Mason method to homeschool and I always want extra time for interests.
This year I waited on some items for my children until we really got into our homeschool year groove. This is the point when the dust settles and you are evaluating whether you took on too much or too little.
This year I waited for on our science curriculum for three of my children. Recently, we added Nancy Larson Science for my children ages 7, 9, and 11. My children are so excited to add Nancy Larson Science to their homeschooling week! I love Nancy Larson Science because it is so easy to add in. The lessons are all mapped out for you as a parent. Nancy Larson Science fits right in with our family.