I know it's still early in the year, but for homeschoolers that means it's time to start taking inventory of your curriculum closet. If you're like me you have already made a list of what you want for next school year and are anxiously looking through the list of online sellers and vendors at the closest homeschool convention, dreaming of the good deals they will offer. (Note: If you've never been to a homeschool convention, I highly recommend this one.)
One thing I have found indispensable in the curriculum search each year is a curriculum checklist.
Apart from sticky notes, this is the best way for me to plan my curriculum for the following school year.
I print one for each of my kids, putting their name and grade on there. Then, after reviewing what I have available in my curriculum closet for that grade, I list the subject and curriculum desired (each part, teacher's guide, student text, etc. with it's edition #) and mark whether I have it, need it, have ordered it, or ordered and received it.
From that, if attending a convention, or shopping onlineshopping online, I can easily make a master list of what I'm looking for/ with it's online or store price and compare prices in the vendor hall, allowing me to make the best decision: buy it there, or order online.
Then I add the list to my portfolio as well and I have a record of what we're using for the year.
Having a list and a plan always makes the curriculum purchasing smoother and less stressful. I invite you to try it. You can download my free printable curriculum checklist HERE.
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And by the way, if you're looking for a great elementary science plan, I recommend Christian Kids Explore Science by Bright Ideas Press. I have shared some of our science fun with them this year here.