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Written by April Mitchell
I am so excited to start homeschooling using ideas from Charlotte Mason next year!! I am planning on using Ambleside Online for our curriculum. We may substitute a few books, but will stick to what AO has outlined for the most part. I will be using Year 0 (which is their version of kindergarten)with Oliver(5), Year 2 with Kaleb(7), Year 3.5 with Ian (9), and Year 6 with Josef(12).
I am most worried about affording all the books for 4 years of AO. I already own a few of the necessary books. There are also many available online which is helpful, but I would much rather have a book in hand than a screen to look at. We'll have to see what I come up with over the summer.
This weekend I am clearing out all the items from our charter school and returning them. The boys have ISAT tests and the Idaho Reading Indicator to take at the end of this month and in May and then we are officially DONE! I had thought it was a good fit for us and have stayed with it for 3 years now. I just got to feel very bogged down and was beginning to feel 'school' taking over our lives and the joy of learning was just being leached out of us. It will be a refreshing change.
I feel really good about our choice and even my husband mentioned the change in my countenance. He said that we all seemed less stressed after we had officially made the decision. I will miss many things about using the charter school but they do not outweigh the benefits of using CM methods or our general freedom.