I started searching online and have seen some interesting things, but nothing that grabs me and shouts, "This is it!! Use me! Use me!" What I should do is start reading planning threads (I have read a few) ... but typically this overwhelms me until I'm ready to spend several hours pouring over websites, etc. I'll get there.
At least I no longer carry that feeling of trying to find "the best" way to do things. When I first started out I was convinced that there had to be a "best" way to approach homeschooling, and, of course, depending on who you talk to you get a different "best." Talk to unschoolers, and unschooling is the best way to homeschool. Talk to Classical homeschoolers, and that is the only way to educate your child. Talk to Charlotte Mason followers, and ditto. I always found talking to relaxed, eclectic homeschoolers left me feeling more calm and at ease than before the conversation, so I believed that to be my style (though I would say that I love the Classical idea of chronological history). It probably is in that I've used an eclectic mix, although "relaxed" is a word that I'm not sure applies to how I approach anything - I am more of a "do or die" sort. Though I am relaxed in the sense that I don't worry about covering everything (this is impossible), I'll use what is a good fit and/or free/cheap (this is smart), and I don't get stressed (anymore) over the idea of homeschooling and making choices (though actually creating my annual plan does create some level of stress).
So while I'm not sure what next year will bring, I feel relatively calm as I think about the planning process. I'm excited about many of the extracurricular opportunities my kids will have, both new activities and tried-and-true oldies. I'm certain the year will fall into place and that no matter the approach or materials, they will learn and grow.
Kinda takes a load off!
Still, I do love to look at everything that's out there... and I know I will plan out the entire year before the start of school once I figure out what we're using. Here are some of the things I've looked at so far...
- Calvert (too much $$)
- Oak Meadow (I really love the look of this)
- Complete Curriculum (the price is right but we've never, ever used textbooks)
- Homeschool Programming (giving this a go for computer science)
- History Odyssey (looks kinda dry)
- Michael Clay Thompson (interesting)
- Brave Writer (interesting)
- JASON Science (looks good, but looks to be a lot of work)
- Growing With Grammar (looks good)
- K12 (not for me)
- The Well-Trained Mind (not speaking my language this year, for whatever reason)
- Sonlight (yes, this is Christian but I looked anyway as I
knowhave heard of secular users)
- PLATO science (interesting)
- CK-12 (haven't done more than bookmark it)
- Intellego (interesting)