Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Homeschool Adventures

I'm back!

I want to talk about homeschooling today. Though we have a Charlotte Mason/Unschooling slant, I am always looking for things to add into our routine, just to shake it up and keep the kids excited. There are a few new things I've been wanting to try: Peak With Books, Moving Beyond the Page and Time 4 Learning.

Peak With Books is designed for classroom use, but has suggestions for adapting the book for home use. If you are not familiar with Peak With Books, let me give a brief synopsis. It is geared towards preschoolers and includes questions, activities, extra reading suggestions and prompts for many books including Chica Chica Boom Boom, Bedtime for Frances, Make Way for Ducklings, Each Peach Pear Plum and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Moving Beyond the Page offers homeschool curriculum for gifted learners. Much like Peak With Books, Moving Beyond the Page is a literature based learning experience. Unit based and book heavy. They also use Right Start Math, which is my personal favorite way to approach math, which is basically counting in tens.

Time4Learning is a computer based homeschool curriculum. A built-in time and assignment tracker seems to be the most outstanding feature I see so far. I am curious to see what the activities are like. I've been invited to try Time4Learning in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so come back and read about my experiences. For more information, check out their online curriculum or learn how to write your own curriculum review.