I just put together a loaf with whole wheat (fresh ground) and oat (old fashioned oatmeal) for the bread machine. I decided to use honey instead of sugar. I don’t like using honey in recipes because it is messy and I never feel I got all the required amount because it sticks. That may now change. I measured the honey right after the oil. As a result, the honey slipped right off the measure spoon.
Monday and Tuesday was the IDEA Curriculum Fair here in Fairbanks. I went both days including the keynote breakfast. The speaker was Debra Bell. She was great.
On Monday, I spent most of the time in the vendor room. It is usually the same vendors every year with a few local authors too. Last year I didn’t have much of a plan as to what I wanted so I didn’t get hardly anything. This year I had a plan and about $800 in unspent allotment funds.
I also, stuck to my “pocket money” plan. I brought $75 in cash to spend for things to take away which I would submit a check request for reimbursement. Other stuff would be bought through a purchase order.
I bought 3 Alaskan books with guidebooks by Judy Ferguson from Voice of AK Press (on purchase order) and 3 Alaskan books from Bernd and Susan Richter of Saddle Pal Books (paid cash) who gave me 2 board books free. I gave these books to my kids Monday evening. Richard started reading “Discover Alaska’s Denali Park”. When it came time to do chores, he started crying because he wanted to finish the book! I did wind up writing a check for 6 CD’s I really liked by Jim Weiss. I bought a “Pop Bottle Science” kit which looked like fun (paid cash).
It was wonderful having the major curriculum vendors to talk to. I looked through Math-U-See Beta and will wait until summer to order because they weren’t offering any discounts. I looked at Saxon Math and decided to stay with Math-U-See. My friend who has been having math difficulties decided on Saxon.
After seeing the books from WinterPromise and other vendors, I have finally decided and started ordering second grade. It should be a lot of fun. I can’t wait for July when next year’s allotment is available so I can order it all. The allotment should cover everything except Abeka and of course Bible, making our out of pocket expense only about $150 for around $900 worth of materials. Here’s what I came up with.
Math: Math-U-See Beta
Language Arts: Abeka workbooks supplemented with WinterPromise LA2
History & Literature: WinterPromise American Story 1 second grade plus readers, supplemented with Sonlight and recordings by Jim Weiss (American Tall Tales, Thomas Jefferson’s America, Abraham Lincoln)
Science: WinterPromise World Around Me, Pop Bottle Science
Art: Atelier Art level 2
Bible: Christian Light Education? I need to see them. The rep comes to the used curriculum swap in a few weeks.
I ordered Atlier Art level 2 module 1 on purchase order from Arts Attack to take advantage of free shipping. If we like it, I’ll order the other 2 modules in the level. However, if we don’t I won’t have wasted the extra $110. I’ll need to pay shipping but that’s cheaper than the other 2 modules if we don’t like it. I watched some of level 2 video and enjoyed it and think Richard will enjoy it. While I was pondering if I should order, a woman came over to order level 3. I asked her about level 2 and she said her kids really enjoyed it and it was easy for her to use. This helped me decide.
I was disappointed because Sonlight only sent catalogs and they were all gone when I got there. Winter Press sent catalogs, representatives and book samples. After talking to the rep and seeing the materials, I decided on American Story 1 with second grade readers and World Around Me for next year supplemented with some books from Sonlight. I decided to get Abeka for the main Language Arts program and use WP’s LA2 for supplement. My girlfriend decided on Sonlight core4 with supplement from WP. For summer I ordered Animal Worlds. Obviously we won’t do the full program but he’ll love the books and some activities. I ordered this using 2 different purchase orders. The first is for the summer from this year’s allotment. The rest will be from next year’s allotment in July.
I went to 4 seminars. One was on writing which I didn’t like. One was about mystery shopping which I enjoyed. The other 2 were by the keynote speaker on learning styles and reluctant learners. I learned a lot from them.
Overall, I enjoyed this year’s homeschool curriculum fair. Monday afternoon got a bit stuffy in the smaller classrooms. I saw my friend from church. She was going to have a baby very soon. Tuesday, her son found me and said she had a little boy!
I wore a headcovering both days. I wore my new blue scarf the first day and a pink one the second. I only saw 2 other covered ladies during the entire time. However, I don’t feel this attracted extra attention to me. The few people who commented about it were supportive and complimentary. One vendor refered to me as the “coordinated pretty scarf lady” when I made a purchase the second day 😆 .
Weblinks from companies I purchased materials
This is a couple of comments from another blog (unfortunatly, I wasn’t able to discover which one since it was cross posted several times before I found it). Anyway, I find it interesting in the face of the child endangerment claims made by the state regarding teenage pregnancies at the FLDS ranch.
I totally agree with JoeG ‘s summation of this as “tragic”. No matter which side you are on.
One of the great things about homeschool is getting to choose what curriculum and materials to use. However, this time of year, it can also be a drawback as you ponder the many choices. That’s my problem today, too many 2nd grade choices. As a result this is my third post about 2nd grade plans. This time I have the top 4 options laid out to compare. To add to my decision, Karen will be doing preschool and so I need things he can do somewhat independently while I help her.
We are almost finished with first grade. I think we’ll finish up in 2 or 3 weeks. Last week he worked ahead, eager to be in 2nd grade. I’m not too worried about finishing up the books since next year starts with review for math and language plus we’re switching to literature based school instead of textbooks for everything else. I mainly want to get more of the math done before quitting. We may do a bit over the summer so he stays in practice. End of year purchase deadline is the 30th. I have money left over from this year’s allotment still so I will buy a bunch of books and things to do over the summer.
The curriculum fair tickets came in today’s mail! I’m glad the curriculum fair is next week so I can see the programs and put an end to my debating. I really need to just go and look at the different WP programs and look through my friend’s Sonlight stuff to decide which would be best fit. They all sound good and interesting from the catalog. I’m not good at these kinds of decisions. Once I choose, I’m sure he will like any of them.
Lately Richard has started showing an interest in early US history. As if I didn’t have enough choices for next year. *sigh* Now I’m considering American Story 1 with LA2 plus readers and World Around Me (science) from Winter Promise. Abeka for Language Arts. Then third grade would be American Story 2 with Rock Around the Earth (introductory geology). We would do Sea and Sky for fourth grade before starting world history in 5th and 6th grades. Then perhaps American Crossing for 7th. Sea and Sky is really designed for upper elementary grades anyway so I don’t want him to be overwhelmed but I don’t want him to miss it either.
The 4 choices I’m considering are all about $700-$800. I can’t decide between WP or Abeka or both for Language Arts without seeing the WP books first. I would probably supplement the US History with books from Sunlight’s Core3 for things he was really interested in since those are harder books. I’m leaning toward WP’s science rather than Sonlight because we haven’t really done science yet and it seems to align better with the goals of level 1 & 2 science for his homeschool program. What he’s picked up has been unschooling so I don’t want to overwhelm him. If we breeze through it, we can always add something else if needed. This doesn’t include any Bible or geography yet.
I think we should also do art but not being artsy myself, I want something easy yet meaningful. I only did crafty art which I think may be why I don’t like regular art much. He’s done 2 years now of Abeka’s craft “art” so its time to move on. I am again considering Atelier Art. It is a video based art program. First they watch a demonstration then they do it. There are different age levels rather than grade levels. Each level has 3 modules which can be purchased separately or together. I may just get the first module of the recommended level and see how it goes because it is expensive ($55/module + teacher guide). They will be at the curriculum fair so I can see it then.
Choice 1: Total $782.95
Sonlight Science 2 (4-day) $142.95
WP Adv. Sea & Sky $459 + Young Learners Guide $19
Math-U-See Beta (std & teacher) $55
Abeka workbooks $107
Choice 2: Total $815
WP S&S: $459 + Young Learners Guide $19
WP LA2 CAW readers: $75
WP S&S readers: $78
WP LA2: $129
Choice 3: Total $700
WP American Story 1: $380 (history)
WP LA2 for AS1: $165
WP World Around Me: $100 (science)
Choice 4: Total $732
WP American Story 1: $380 (history)
WP readers for AS1: $90
WP World Around Me: $100 (science)
Abeka LA workbooks: $107
Saturday my son had his 6th birthday party. We had a great time. There were 14 kids ranging from 18 months to 13 years and 6 adults including me and my husband. Laura was up from Florida and the kids were thrilled to play with her 3 boys again. Its been over a year since they saw them last. Karen said we “had all the friends except one” (his family had already made plans).
Unlike the last birthday party 2 years ago, I didn’t plan anything for this one. The kids had a great, noisy time. They played outside in the snow then came inside for gifts and cake. He got a lot of fun things including a frisbee, yo-yo, books (including one printed in 1912), a ball, dice, balloons, and a car crash set plus more I can’t think of now.
Chaos theory reigned today. I went to town to get some last minute items including cake fixings and ice cream. We were going to have pancakes when I got back. However, instead we ran out of propane. Ray took Richard down to get the propane tank filled. He got a free lollipop when he told the clerk it was his birthday 🙂 We wound up having sweet rolls from the gas station instead. Yummy too. Karen helped Ray make Richard’s bed (a birthday present so he didn’t have to) while I made the cake. At least we didn’t run out of propane with the cake in the oven 😆
He got to stay up late watching MASH. This afternoon we went to Chena Hot Springs for a few hours. We all had a good time. It’s been a good birthday weekend.
A judge has ruled the FLDS kids in Texas state custody must all remain in state custody. They are also requiring DNA testing of all 416 kids plus women and men. This seems an outrageous invasion of privacy. I can’t believe the judge has allowed the state to maintain control of all the kids. I can understand those in immanent danger but not those who simply might risk for abuse that may or may not happen doesn’t make sense.
If kids were taken away for abuse that may or may not ever happen, all kids everywhere would be in state custody. If you lived next door to a child abuser, would you want your kids taken because they may be in danger from your neighbor? This seems like a lot of guilt by association with the kids the sad victims.
They will now be taken to foster care. Hearings will be held before June 5 (that’s 6 weeks from now). During that time who know how much harm will be done to these kids by exposing them and immersing them in a lifestyle they have been taught is evil and removing them from their morals and support network? Regular foster kids have a grasp of how to function in the modern world. These kids don’t. I would submit that the state is committing abuse by forcing them to live in a lifestyle they are totally unprepared for.
I just read that the call which began the raid may have been a hoax! In the meantime, over 400 kids and families have had their lives permanently and publicly shattered by the state. Why didn’t they verify the call first?
This is unreasonable search and seizure. Only instead of objects, the state took something more precious, ALL the children. Why were they ALL taken anyway rather a case by case, family by family basis?
This is a sad and complicated situation.
A good (rather long) summary of the kids situation is here.