Linking up this Tuesday with 5 Kids and a Dog for the letter E. The timing is quite perfect, because I've been evaluating how our year has gone, and what I need to change for the coming school year. Although we are a heavily Classical homeschool (using First Language Lessons, Story of the World, and many things suggested in The Well Trained Mind) we still pull things from a few different methods, so I would classify us as ECLECTIC!
Here are the top five eclectic resources/ideas that have worked for us this year - maybe you can get some ideas, or maybe you have some for me when you're done reading the list. Just let me know!
- Unit Studies - We have loved Download 'N Go unit studies by Amanda Bennett. I have also made up several according to my children's interests. They usually seem to be about science. The biggest resource I can't live without here are our Magic School Bus books! We have two Magic School Bus briefcases full of books and there are great starting points to create science units. They also work well with the age ranges of my two children.
- Easy Grammar - My daughter will tell you grammar is her favorite subject. I can't quite put my finger on why she loves Easy Grammar so much, but my guess is it is because the lessons are short, achievable, and very easy to understand. Her mastery of prepositions and other parts of speech is impressive, and I know it is due to this grammar program.
- Ambleside Online - The online free Charlotte Mason curriculum! I always check what is on the Ambleside website to get wonderful book selections. Perhaps our favorite from this past year was The Burgess Animal Book for Children. (Click on the link to read it for FREE!) What a sweet book that was, and it cemented my children's knowledge of North American mammals, that's for sure.