Well I think this next school year we will be trying something new in our homeschooling. I always thought that you should get one curriculum and stick with it. But I have seen so many homeschooling families do such neat activities. They study a subject and spend days learning about it...doing various activities such as making models or doing experiments etc... I want my kids to learn to work in their books and memorize, but I want some fun activities for learning. I think it is enjoyable when the kids can all learn together. I am looking at a lot of new books, but I will be looking into the Weaver Curriculum http://www.aophomeschooling.com/weaver/overview.php . It teaches all the kids together, but they learn on their own grade level. I am not sure if this is a right fit for our family, but it looks like a really interesting curriculum. I have used A Beka this year, and while I like what they teach, it is extremely time consuming. I am always worried that if I put together my own curriculum, that I will miss something that the kids need to learn, and that when they graduate that they will be lacking. I want to make sure that they aren't lacking when they graduate. One thing I want to keep up for my oldest is Japanese. A local friend of ours who is Japanese comes weekly and teaches our kids Japanese. Our oldest has done extremely well in learning it. He can write and speak some. I am hoping that when we leave and go back to the states that he can continue to learn it. I would like him to become fluent. Anyways for some fun projects, I have found a web site called Home Science Tools. They have some neat products. One is to hatch quail eggs. For $31.95 you can get 4 quail eggs and an incubator. http://www.hometrainingtools.com/incubator-with-four-quail-eggs/p/LD-INCUBAT/ I think this would be such a fun thing for the kids and a great way to learn to care for animals. They also have a frog hatchery kit. http://www.hometrainingtools.com/frog-hatchery-deluxe-kit/p/LM-FROGKIT/ Their prices are so reasonable, and the products look so exciting.
If anyone has any suggestions for books they have used, I would love to hear about it.