Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This Years Homeschool Conference and Used Book Sale Finds!

Well this past weekend was our annual State Homeschool Conference. I truly feel like this year was my best planned year and I came out under budget and with things I am actually going to use. lol! If you have ever gone to a curriculum fair than you know what I mean about getting what you need. I think that a lot of moms have there experience with what I call a case of the "OHHH and AHH's" you see all that shinny new curriculum and gadgets and whatnot and you loose all sense of practical need and budget. lol! But this year with money being the way that is for my family like most other Americans right now I had to go in there with a rock solid game plan. I first made my list of what I needed for this coming year along with a back up choice. I also knew I wanted to spend the bulk of my budget at the Used Book Sale that they have at my Conference on the first day. I actually got my list from Donna Young's website. The form is called Curriculum Fair Battle Plan. Very well titled if I don't say so myself. I totally made out like a bandit in the Used Book Sale Hall. I spent $97 for items that has a retail value over $350.
We are starting formal writing this year, we are going into Earth Science and Astronomy, and we are heading into Asia for History and Geography so I tried to focus on getting this for these areas. Here is the list of what I ended up with:

Learning Resources Base Ten Starter Set
The M&M Math Book
The M&M Counting Book
Addition Facts Songs CD and book
Subtraction Facts Songs CD and book
Singapore Math 2B Home Instructors Guide
Singapore Math 3A Home Instructors Guide
Singapore Math 3B Home Instructors Guide
Singapore Math Intensive Practice 2A

Primary Language Lessons
Writing Strands Evaluating Writing
Writing Strands Level 2
Writing Strands Level 3

The Magic School Bus Out of This World( a book about space rocks)
Usborne Space

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell
The Chi- Lin Purse by Linda Fang
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong
Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin
Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia

On top of what I found at the Conference I was able to gather some literature titles for my two youngest from a local Used Book Sale. I spent about $26 and got at least close to $100 worth of things. Here is a list of what we got there as well:

Wooden Abacus w/ movable addition set
Connect Cubes
Aesop's Fables Coloring Book
Aesop's Fables Storybook
Make Way For Ducklings
The Three Bears
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Story of Ferdinand
The Little Engine that Could
The Big Balloon Race
Wagon Wheels
The Drinking Gourd
Stone Soup

I also wanted to take a moment to count the Blessings that others have given to our homeschool as well this year. With the help of a friend and the Grandparents I was able to get a few more things as well. I got Apologia Astronomy from my friend who also uses a classical model and here kids are on a different cycle than mine so they already finished up with Astronomy for the Grammar Stage they won't be back on  for a few at least 2yrs I think. But she said I am welcome to have it for this year.That really saved me at least close to $90 I think.

And for the Grandparents I made a Amazon Wish List for when they got that grandparent urge to send a gift I told them to peel off this list. And so far Granddad has made a great dent in the list and I think my mom is going to add her gifts after she come back from vacation. I am so happy they are finally coming around to being supportive of our homeschool efforts. So he was able to get quite a few things as well:

First Language Lessons Level 3 Workbook
Ancient India
George Washington Carver
Mae Jameson
Galileo for Kids


  1. That is awesome! You came away with a great deal. I'm loving those astrology books.

  2. Awesome!!! You scored! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  3. Thanks guys, I am just so happy things are coming together. Last year I really only had enough for a math curriculum and basic school supplies. But I tell you it was a confidence building experience because I was able to make the library and the internet work wonders for me.

  4. Good finds, Erin! I am reminiscining right now (wish i were at the conference!)
    I'm so glad you found the curriculum you needed for your kids. I like the abacus and the Apologia. Let me know how Apologia goes for you. We are deciding on science curriculum for 4th grade next year.

  5. Yeah, will defintely share some reviews on the Science this year. I will keep you guys posted. Your new state doesn't have a conference near by?


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