Huge Curriculum Haul

Check out our new curriculum supplies! Most supplies were purchased from http://www.rainbowresource.com.
Other vendors: Lakeshore, Apple and HP.

We live in California where we have many choices in education. We chose to enroll with a charter school that provides funding for educational materials and classes. Prior to joining our charter school we were homeschooling independently and paying for our supplies out of pocket (or getting them from the library or second-hand). There are highlights and challenges with every educational institution, so it’s best evaluate your choices and find an educational option that will work best for your family.

Want to know more about your educational choices in California?
http://www.californiahomeschool.net/how-to-homeschool/legal-options/

You can also check out my blog post “School Options for California” for more information.

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6 thoughts on “Huge Curriculum Haul

  1. A charter school program seems like something that would work really well for our family. Are there charter school options in ca that don’t have any classroom instruction so don’t fall under sb277? I’m just starting to gather info on homeschooling (daughter will be 3 in feb) but the charter school some of my mom friends homeschool thru are going fall under 277 because the kids attend a class a week.

    1. Hi Lydia, congrats on starting early with your daughter to find a school option that will work for your family. You have a few choices depending on your school district. First there are charter schools that provide funding but are completely ‘off-site’, so there is no classroom instruction. There are also charter schools that have some classroom time, and then some that are some that are full-time ‘on-site’. Since charter school are public schools, receiving funds from the state, they are subject to state regulations, including the new vaccine mandate sb277. If the charter school route doesn’t work out, you can always file independently with the state. Filing independently basically makes you a private school. In Southern California your charter school options Da Vinci, Sky Mountain, Sage Oak, River Springs, and Dahesa just to name a few. In Northern California your options are Connecting Waters, Ocean Grove and South Sutter and probably more, but I’m less familiar with the charter schools in Northern California. I hope that helps; let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.

  2. Salaam – great resources! I too get so excited when our curriculum boxes arrive at the door! I’m truly worse than a kid in the candy store lol. I have to control myself at any educational stores, library sales etc. I’m just curious what you use to go along with these various unit study books. Do you create your own worsheets/activities to go with these books for your units? Or is it more educating by simply reading and engaging in those hands on activities in the boxes? Also how do you choose what your units of study will be? Thank you for sharing! I’ve been watching all your videos. You are truly inspiring mashaAllah 🙂

    1. Tasha! Thank you for your kind words 🙂 I’ve been using a Waldorf curriculum from
      http://wwwlive-education.com for many years and most of my inspiration for unit studies comes from the curriculum. I’ll be doing a video and post on that, too. Because we homeschool multiple ages, and because I teach most of the subjects to 2-3 different age groups, I don’t strictly following the grade levels for the curriculum. Mostly, (at least for the last 4 years), I’m teaching subjects that inspire me and things I want to learn about. If I didn’t homeschool my kids, I’d have to homeschool myself! I usually have a rough outline of the subject areas I want to cover with the kids drawn up in the summer (but often ideas come a full year in advance, and sometimes, it’s very spontaneous). For my history units I aim to include a historical fiction, book on religion or mythology, an actual history account (written by one author, not a textbook), hands-on activities, and more (like maybe a cultural meal or field trip). We don’t do worksheets typically for units, but have them for math and daily proficiency skills (like one sheet of math that’s two grade levels below just to keep those skills fresh). To show learning, mostly my kids write narratives of the passages we read, draw illustrations, make projects and simply ‘live’ the learning. Science and math are approached the same way (except there are no special meals with math, haha), and our grammar curriculum is one I wrote myself based on a few resources, but we have used Susan Wise Bauer’s curriculum a lot. Hmmm…maybe this reply should be its own blog post! Enjoy!

  3. Wow, amazing weblog structure! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging glance easy. The total look of your web site is fantastic,
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  4. Cerys! Thank you!!! I’m new to all things online, actually, so I appreciate the compliment very much. I started the YouTube channel and website in September 2015, but I’ve been homeschooling for many years, so I have a lot to share right now, hehe 🙂 Currently, the YouTube channel and website run pretty parallel, but eventually there will be blog posts that don’t show up as videos, but I will always post videos here with a short description about them.

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