Saturday, April 21, 2007

Shopping Update

OK… Here’s what I’ve got…
MCP Math A for Kennady, and MCP Math C for Landon.   Algebra 1 package for Harrison. Decided that I will go with AO Lifepac Language for Landon, but did not buy. Found a book on Essay Writing Preparation that will help me teach writing for Harrison in particular, and lets me wait (and save up a little!) before buying SWI. God’s Design for Heaven and Earth: Our Weather and Water, and Our Universe, so now I have that complete set for next year. Found a neat history atlas with stickers by Usborne and bought copies for Landon and Kennady to use in Social Studies. Picked up Universe by Design, and Body by Design as add-ons to Science.
I emailed a friend who is “in the know” regarding journalism and asked her advice on curriculum and extra credit for Harrison, so now I have a couple more things to add to the wish list and consider.
Overall, I thought it was a pretty successful evening. =8~)
When I got home, I pulled out all the books one by one to show the kids – the three younger kids anyway. When I gave Landon and Kennady their math books, their eyes lit up. I wondered whether Landon would still be excited about math, so it was nice to see that there was still a spark there! LOL Actually, the first thing he asked about was “did you get my Grade 3 Reading?” and he seemed disappointed that I had not. But I told him that I would order it online pretty soon and that soothed his ruffled feelings somewhat. The atlases were a big hit. Oh, and a “fun” book that I picked up seemed to capture Spencer’s attention. The title is Backyard Ballistics – it’s a how-to book on making potato shooters and other “weaponry” with household items, and explains the physics behind it.  So it’s really a science book, but I did not mention that. LOL I just hope I am not in the process of creating (worse) monsters by giving them more ideas…
Today I showed Harrison his share of the books.  He feigned pleasure at the new algebra book - he even said he was very happy because it was "Syracuse colours" - Syracuse University being his favourite NCAA basketball team.  LOL  I showed him the books Universe by Design and Body by Design and told him that he could use those for Science, althought the universe one would not be a full credit on its own in my opinion.  He looked through them and thought he would like them much better than "the boring text I'm using now"   Boring??? How come everybody else's kid enjoys this science book so much?  Whatever.  He was not at all thrilled about the essay book and even made an ignorant comment about it, but I said "well you need to be able to write good essays.  what do you think a reporter does - they are writing essays!"  Then he didn't say anything else about that.  LOL  He was also very interested in the Backyard Ballistics book.  Wonder if I could invent a half credit science course out of that??? It's Physics.  Very hands-on.  Surely it's worth a half credit, right? 
So now I am ready to continue my shopping spree at Christian Book Distributors and/or Alpha Omega and/or Bob Jones...  I won't shop today - but over the next couple weeks I'll have to work on that.  My next job really needs to be sorting and organizing all our school materials again.  It's truly chaotic right now. 


DanielleW said...

I think anything hands on should be full credit. But definatly at LEAST a half credit.

You did well! Yeah!

Canadagirl said...

I am sooooooo glad you stopped by ( my blog (0= ). I am so sorry you can't see my pic's . I use photobucket to down load my pic's does that mean anything ???? I would love for you to let me know when ever you have a Show and Tell and I will link you. (0= I need to keep up with your blog. I feel I really have fallen behind. I will have to correct that asap. I was really getting my wish list together but sense the 2nd move I have put that on the back burner. Most of my homeschool library is still in boxes. I really need to get that done NEXT. Thank goodness my homeschool catalog is next to my bed, lol. I have used SWI and love it. You made a real good choice.

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