I love the freedom of choices with homeschooling curriculum. With access to the web and a good printer, homeschooling can be very inexpensive. The only draw back, time in putting it all together.
Since I work part time, homeschool and blog…every waking moment counts.
Why I love Illuminations!
- The time it saves me on planning school.
- I love the literature books. I have observed the hours Maggie Hogan spends on selecting books for the literature selections. I totally trust her choices, especially since I am not a book lover.
- I can create a weekly schedule for my kids in about 10 minutes on a Sunday night.
- It covers every subject but math. Since each of my kids uses a different math program, it is the one custom subject I add to the program.
- The DVD and audio schedule for adding movies to our history topics.
- My kids having a weekly schedule to keep them accountable to what needs to be completed. In my home, failure to complete assignment by Friday at 5:00 results in cancelled weekend plans.
- All my kids are on the same time period of history. The longer I homeschool the more I need to stream line the teaching in my home.
Soon the frenzy of what to teach next year and the hours involved in researching all the choices will reach its peak. Even if you choose to keep costs down and create your own, spend money on a package, or combine the two options…I pray you have the wisdom to make the choices that are best for your family.
Since I love Mystery of History it’s an easy transition to love Illuminations.
- Mystery of History is the heart of Illuminations. As much as possible all content in ILM is based on the subject matter of Mystery of History.
- Study guides are the brain of Illuminations. I love that we can spend 2 to 3 weeks on one book. I do not feel rushed to complete a book. I love the questions presented and the hands-on activities included in the literature guides.
- Schedule software offers the guidance in Illuminations. I love the new software. I can choose what subjects I want in the grid, I can create subjects not used in the program to add to the grid, I can print a new grid every week.
- Lesson plans give the added support in Illuminations. Subjects like Easy Grammar come with a schedule on how many pages to do each week to have the book completed by the end of the school year. English From the Roots Up comes with lesson plans on how many words to teach each week, games to play, and note booking pages. Spelling gives you word lists and activities for each level of spelling in the program.
Tuesday a closer look at the literature study guides in Illuminations.
Wednesday a Youtube video on how I create a schedule with Illuminations.
Thursday a Youtube video on other schedule tweaks.