by Allison Gentala
Spelling. Ah, spelling. My least favorite subject.
When I spell a word out loud, I think of that scene from Anne of Green Gables where Anne is the only student who can spell Chrysanthemum. C-H-R-Y-S-A-N-T-H-E-M-U-M. Even in the movie, it seems so dry. And yet, we all need to know how to spell.
by Susan K. Stewart
Some homeschoolers attend a conference solely to buy curriculum in the exhibit hall. The exhibit hall can daze even a veteran convention goer. There are so many bright and shiny new items for sale every year. So it is necessary to enter with a battle plan.
A shopping list is an absolute must. Know in advance what you need to purchase for the upcoming year. Usually the major publishers and sellers return each year. By using last year’s catalogs, you can plan your purchases and their cost (add about 10 percent to last year’s prices).
by Diana Waring
Premise: If the right curriculum can be found, it will perform the magic – the abracadabra – to transform a student from ignorant to educated all by itself.
As an experienced homeschool mom, speaker, and curriculum writer, I’ve noticed that many believe this and seek earnestly for the genie, or the wand, or the catalog. And, lest you think I’m loftily looking down my nose, let me add that I was one of them. In the early days of homeschooling, I was convinced that there truly existed a perfect curriculum, and spent years on a quest, like those in search of the Holy Grail, to find it.