This Weeks' Link Up Topic on hsclassroom is "What curriculum or resource just didn't work for your family? When reading the topic I almost started laughing out hysterically. Why? Because I'm still trying to figure out what actually works for us !! Kindergarten came and went and was really neat to teach. Most of the Subjects came with unit studies where there was a booklet with worksheets, suggested activities related to the topic where it was so simple to just add whatever we felt like learning and however long we wanted to stick to that topic. We all enjoyed the time together, I loved getting to know my boys from another perspective, I started to really LOVE teaching, specially preparing fun lessons (which I had no idea I'd have within me) and it helped me big time to have more patience, tolerance with all my boys on a daily basis.
1st Grade was a bit different. No more unit studies just books and workbooks. First I thought there must be something missing. I did get used to doing a bit more (which also means all the freedom I wanted to teach HOW I wanted.. just that I first have to learn how to use that freedom .. and still working on that one. Anyway this is almost worth another post, later ..
The curriculum that did NOT work for us at all was "drumbeat" .... Houghton Mifflin Social Studies 1. The topics wouldn't be bad, it does have lots of pictures which is a positive but some Themes were just way to short and before I could even get into the topic, it'd already be over again. They jump from a "Meeting with Grandma" to "How a Corn" grows to "Traveling through Canada" back to "Transportation now and then" after half way through 1st grade I felt like burning the book and that's when I had my significant first Real Meltdown. Coming from Public School trying to Homeschool is tricky because until recently I was in the believe that this curriculum is given from a teacher it HAS to work... not realizing that there are uncountable ways to get to where we want to go. There's a saying in Switzerland that goes: There are many different ways leading to Rome *smile* I am working very hard to get over that "if it worked for 1000 of students it should work for us" thinking... Once I can get over the school stereo type thing I can get really creative and I am having fun teaching.. This is why I enjoy reading blogs. I sometimes need that "spark" to get creative.. I'm not sure how to put all this in words and I hope I'm not confusing you instead of explaining where my frustration lies.. but anyway this curriculum may work for someone who wants a day to day lesson, and not wanting to go in depth. (I recently also replaced the Houghton Mifflin Math with the Right Start Math). The solution I came up with now is to study what my Leap Creature and I want, we study until we get bored about a theme and MOST importantly we are having FUN doing so !!
Can't wait to read what everyone else has to say,