I’d buy Beechick’s book about the 3R’s for the backbone of my K-thru-2nd grade curriculum. I’d read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay for some Charlotte Mason inspiration, and also the older book, Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax as a reminder about how simple homeschooling can be and how educational real life actually is when lived purposefully.
Other than that, I’d make sure the kiddos had pencils, crayons, pens, markers, lots of paper, a little tape and glue, a well-used library card … and I’d pretty much call it good. Seriously, there’s plenty of time for hardcore academics and lesson plans and boxed curriculum and teacher manuals and homeschool co-ops and all the other bells and whistles the well-meaning homeschool world will tell you that you need in order to have a good educational experience in your home. (I have some rather strong opinions about the true value of those bells-and-whistles, to be honest, but I think I’ll save that rant for another day.) 😉
Here’s what you’ll really need for Preschool through Second Grade (keep in mind there’s a big difference between “needs” and “wants”):
- The one little Beechick book for curriculum
- One or two other books for parental/teacher inspiration
- Lots of time, attention, nature
- A library card
And really — take it from this mama who knows — that’s all you really need for the Second Grade and younger set! Seriously.
Just my humble opinion — following a quarter century of homeschooling — for what it’s worth.