Andrew (he's be 7) will be starting first, Eva is starting Kindergarten and Grace will be starting worksheets to learn the basics and make sure she knows them. We use the Abeka program. We all love it. It's also easier to organize for me, and the kids' already have my organization system down. I'll share that when I take care of getting everything ready to go.
You might think I'm crazy for ordering so soon (ordered in March), but there are some advantages. We like to start in July.. Just a bit at first once the weather gets so hot the kids can't play outside in the afternoons... That leaves us free to do 4 day weeks and take longer breaks here and there without being stressed about being done before my oldest comes in June. This year we are pushing a little, because I didn't want to take too many books with us on our vacation so I wanted to get done. We took handwriting with us, which was only done a few days anyway. Another advantage, because so many Christian schools use Abeka, by ordering during the normal school year, we beat the order of those schools and therefor any back order problems.
We found most of our books used on Ebay, so those came a few weeks ago. There are many teachers manuals I wouldn't have ordered new, and the flash cards, but the set so was so complete I decided we could use them after all. We just had to get some of the consumables from Abeka and we're ready to go! My pre budget (just books) was $600. Abeka does throw some discounts in there, so that would have come down to around $550. We spent $250 on ebay then $100 from Abeka on the consumables. Which is an AWESOME discount-especially for barely used books.
|The 'extras" Health, Safety and Manners, Discovering God's World, My America and My World, Aesop's Fables, Community Helpers|
|The readers. This should prove interesting. Andrew is really excited: "You mean I get the read THICK books??" Made my heart melt, we have our struggles but that saying with the look in his eyes, I know he loves school.|
|My stack of books. I doubt I will use them all, but I may stand corrected.|