BOOK HAUL | WHAT WE’RE READING THIS SPRING-April 2019
Why buy books when you can get them from the library? It’s a question I get often, since I tend to buy our books for homeschool rather than check them out from the library. But it wasn’t always like that. I used to check them out from the library in the past, too. Why the change? And is it right for you? In case you don’t know, we homeschool in California through a charter school. Each year we are allocated funding to buy educational supplies or take academic classes. I started buying our homeschool books rather than checking them out from the library when it became increasingly difficult to source all the books I wanted. Not to mention, I couldn’t guarantee I would get all the books in time for our units and main lesson blocks. Then there would be some we wanted to keep longer than the check out period and overall these challenges caused a lot of stress. So, I decided to change all that. I started buying the books we wanted to use for our units, even if we only used them once (though really we’ve used these books multiple times). I found that I could find a wider variety of books from book sellers online than at my local library, even with transfers. Aside from the ease, there’s one more major reason why we buy our books rather than check them out. I love having the opportunity to support these authors, publishers and illustrators. The books I buy are not best sellers, but we need them to be available, and we want more! By my small efforts to support and share them, I hope we keep on getting amazing, beautiful and inspiring books to use in our homeschool.
We plan to use these books for our spring units. While we’ve already done one on Bees and Honey, Botany and Butterflies, if we do anymore lessons in those units, we’ll add the lessons to the video playlist.
If you want to know who inspired part of this book haul, head over to Lacy Arrowsmith’s instagram!
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Last Homeschool Haul of the Year- April 2019
We’ve come to the end of the school year and with that, the last homeschool haul of the year. While I’ll still have other hauls planned for the following year, they won’t be as extensive as the ones you’ve seen in the past. Needless to say, we have more than enough resources for this year and the years to come, and for next year, we have something different planned with our funding.
Today’s haul is from Rainbow Resource, A Child’s Dream and Amazon.
While some products are new, many are repeats of things we love and have used in the past like the Professor Noggin’s trivia games, the Texas beeswax and the felt, yarn and ribbons from A Child’s Dream.
New for us which I’m excited to try out are the Mushroom kit (we got a similar one from Gardener’s), the Flower Press from A Child’s Dream and the Owl Pellets Kit from Rainbow Resource. These materials will be used for our Spring Nature units as well as our Middle Ages unit.