I’ve been tagged by Pam at Everyday Snapshots for this fun homeschool meme. I don’t normally do memes, but this one seemed very relevant. So, thanks, Pam!
According to the meme, I am supposed to tag six other homeschool bloggers to participate. But I’m going to take that lazy cop out and simply invite any one reading this post to participate.
The Eight Original Homeschooling Questions
1. One homeschooling book you have enjoyed.
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell
I got this at the Homeschool Convention this spring, and I am so glad I did. I can see that it’s a volume I’ll be referencing often as I finish middle school and move into high school with Sprite.
2. One resource you wouldn’t be without.
Over the years, our most used resources have changed. But a dictionary is really an essential tool for all levels and for all academic areas. Dictionary Day, Oct. 16, is coming up, by the way.
3. One resource you wish you had never bought.
This is a really tough one. I love almost all books and rarely find them a waste. Even if a book turns out to be less than I expect, I can usually find enough good from it to feel that I got my purchase price.
I also spend a lot of time researching my purchases, and I’m thankful to say that I cannot think of a single homeschool purchase that I totally regretted.
4. One resource you enjoyed last year.
We have enjoyed the Metropolitan Museum of Art Page a Day Calendar for two years now — 2010 and 2011. The 2012 version is already available for sale, and I really need to do buy it before it sells out. (It does sell out every year before the previous year is even over!)
5. One resource you will be using next year.
(Since this year has just begun, I’ll reinterpret this question to mean this year, Sprite’s 7th grade year.)
The Art of Argument: an Introduction to the Informal Fallacies from Classical Academic Press
I wanted to do our advertising unit before we looked at this more abstract and comprehensive unit. I think it’s going to be fantastic, and Sprite is at the perfect age for it.
6. One resource you would like to buy.
I so want a microscope for our science studies.
7. One resource you wish existed.
I would love to have a living books based science curriculum (like Noeo Science) for high school levels.
8. One homeschool catalog you enjoy reading.
Of course, Rainbow Resource is THE catalog just because it’s so thorough. But I also really enjoy looking at Home Science Tools and Teacher Created Resources.
My Two Add-on Homeschool Questions
This meme is called Homeschooling in Ten Easy Questions, but Pam’s post had only eight questions. To fix the discrepancy without renaming the meme, I’ve chosen to create two of my own questions. Sorry to end on a negative note, but the struggles are where we learn the most, so I don’t want to discount them.
9. What homeschool subject gives you the most frustration or anxiety?
Math is the one area I worry about the most. It is not my personal strength or preference. Because Sprite wants to be a nurse, I know that she needs top-notch math skills. I sometimes wish math would just go away.
10. What is your greatest challenge in homeschooling right now?
My greatest challenge lies with the the tween/teen years in general. Making this transition is not easy, and I often don’t know the right things to do. It is a season of much prayer and seeking grace and wisdom.
Now it’s your turn! Go ahead. Copy the questions and do the homeschooling in 10 easy questions meme. It’s fun.