- Mystery of History (along with their notebooking pages, timeline idea, maps, activities, and challenge cards -- I just love their stuff! I'll have to do a post just on them sometime.)
- Usborne World History Encyclopedia (we've always loved Usborne history...why let them go?)
- English from The Roots Up (I love this book. I don't even care if the kids don't like it...a.k.a. don't appreciate it. Tough. I love it. Hahaha...)
- Learning Language Arts Through Literature I have heard good and bad things about this. I liked Primary Language Lessons and Intermediate Language Lessons that MFW promotes, but sometimes their lessons and the wording were so archaic to my family. I kept thinking, "No one talks like this anymore." LLATL seems to be like PLL and ILL, but more up-to-date.
- Apologia science
- Teaching Textbooks Math (we've actually been using this for about two years now)
- Drive-Through History (we won't start that until next year, though, I think, because their earliest DVD's start in ancient Greece...? Anyway, I've heard great things.)
- Borrowing every book I can find on a subject (along with historical fiction/living books) from the library (as long as it is appropriate, of course) and having a basket of books to peruse. (My Father's World's "book basket" idea is superb!)
- Many educational movies from the library and/or Amazon.com
How am I doing this? Well, I purchased Mystery of History this year, and then went ahead and purchased Illuminations with it (Bright Ideas Press publishes both products). It turns out that Illuminations didn't quite work for us, so I am now using their schedule grid to schedule in what I want and what I think my children will want to do. I'm sure I could have done this for free with a Word doc or Excel spreadsheet, but since I purchased Illuminations, and it is editable, I figured I might as well make good use of it. I also purchased the book list download of All Through the Ages by Christine Miller. I use this to find awesome "book basket" books, readers, and read alouds.
Now I am working on the scheduling part. Yes, it's taking forever. Scheduling in readers and read alouds is the biggest challenge right now. I might just quit sweating that and get tons of books from the library from my book lists and just decide what to read as I go. That's how I've worked it with my younger ones, anyway. I'm looking at the suggestions from My Father's World, Tapestry of Grace, Sonlight, and All Through The Ages. Whew! I'm borrowing the books from our inter-library loan system (how does anyone homeschool without that?), and hoping to figuring out which stories my children will enjoy the most.
Most of these items I purchased used (I'll buy anything in "Good" condition or higher, and have yet to be disappointed in the quality) or borrow from the library.