1. One homeschool book I have enjoyed:
Two books actually come mind: For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, the daughter of Francis Schaeffer, and How Am I Smart? by Dr. Kathy Koch, Ph.D. The former explains the whole-child philosophy I've embraced, and the latter - though not specifically a homeschooling book - helped me get a handle on how the Lord has wired each of my daughters, and that has made a world of difference in our home learning endeavors.
2. One resource I wouldn't be without:
I honestly don't think I could function half as well (not only with my daughters but with the children I babysit, too) without having adopted Sue Patrick's workbox system a few years ago. When we first started, I said I felt we were doing twice as much work as before in half the time; I still feel as strongly, and the girls love that the system helps them know just what to expect each day.
3. One resource I wish I had never bought:
Oh, my goodness, this one's easy: Streams of Civilization, the main required history text in the core curriculum I thought I'd use this year. For starters, the book is admittedly written for high schoolers so there's no way it could have been appropriate for my nine and 10-year olds (and I was actually dumbfounded that the curriculum company said with a straight face that it could work). In addition, it was undoubtedly the most boring book I've yet encountered as a home educator! With so many engaging history resources out there, why in heaven's name would I subject my children to that?
4. One resource I enjoyed last year:
Last year was my first using Queen Language Arts, a gentle but thorough Charlotte Mason-style approach to grammar. We're still using it.
5. One resource I will be using this year:
After realizing in July that I disliked many of my initial curriculum choices for the year, I made lots of changes. For instance, I opted to replace my first choice for history (the program that used Streams of Civilization - ugh!) with Mystery of History. I haven't regretted it for a day.
6. One resource I would like to buy:
I will be buying some materials from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and the Brain Integration Therapy Manual by Dianne Craft just as soon as I gather the funds.
7. One resource I wish existed:
I can't top Layla on this! I need a self-cleaning house...because I am most decidedly not "Susie Homemaker," and I could use all the help I can get. However, the only such house I've ever heard of was the "main character" in a Ray Bradbury story, There Will Come Soft Rains, set in a post-apocalyptic suburb. So - yeah - I think I'll pass and just do my best to keep our ever-growing pile of dirty dishes at bay on my own.
8. One homeschool catalog I enjoy reading:
I honestly don't read catalogs because I determined to be content with what we are using at any given time...until or unless I decide a change is needed, at which point I start browsing relevant websites. I do order from the Rainbow Resource site regularly, though. Maybe because Rainbow publishes "the mother of all catalogs," that counts?
9. One homeschooling website I use regularly:
Every day - multiple times a day, actually! - I am over at The Homeschool Lounge (THL) interacting with some of the thousands of fellow home educating women who call THL their virtual homeschool support group. I have a great local group, too, but the ladies at THL are literally right at my fingertips, and I cherish my connections there.
10. Tag other homeschoolers:
I follow a lot of neat homeschool blogs - and wish some of my non-blogging homeschool friends would start blogging so I could follow them, too! If I listed them all...well, it'd be quite a list, so here's just a sampling of my faves: