I just got my books from Titus2.com, a website that I am coming to love. I had already ordered their two books, Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chores last year, when I was ordering homeschool curriculum. I use them both, still, in planning out my day and the chores and other work that my children will do. I am getting into the swing of a new routine and once I have the kinks worked out, I’ll let you know what I’m up to.
Lately, homeschooling has been on my mind. I am facing first grade this year for Jordyn and it is becoming obvious to me that “incidental” homeschooling is going to be ineffectual for that year. I am pleased with Jordyn’s knowledge, but I know that she could be at a much higher level if I had applied myself to teaching her. Still, she knows most of what she needs to know to transition successfully into a first grade curriculum (I have used the placement tests, that’s not just me guessing). The big deal for me is what to do next. I had such high plans for a Christian, classical education and staying as far away from textbooks as I could, but lately, I’ve begun to rethink that position. When looking for different methods to homeschool, I ran across (again) the book by the Maxwells of Titus 2 called Managers of Their Schools. The reason I had never thought about this book before is that they are decidedly PRO-TEXTBOOK learning. They use Christian textbooks exclusively and I thought that was an interesting stand, but originally I was set again textbooks, so I discredited the book. I now own it.
Today, it came, along with Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit and the Study Guide, Keeping Our Children’s Hearts: Our Vital Priority, and finally a children’s book series called The Moody’s. It is a set a chapter readers about a large(ish), Christian, homeschooling family, so the children should be able to relate to the positive images portrayed a lot easier than having to read through the secular, man-bashing, God-trashing “literature” out there.
I’m excited to begin to read through these books, I’ll post reviews when I’m done with them!