2015-2016 Curriculum Haul

I am FINALLY done with not only making the decision of what to buy but the actual purchasing of those items as well. YAY! The 2015-2016 budget has been spent and now I am in the throes of PLANNING the aforementioned items so that I am not flying by the seat of my pants all year. Because that DOES NOT work for me.  I have to have a plan. A loose plan, albeit, but a plan nonetheless.homeschool haul1

This year’s budget was set at $1000 and I may end up going over a little.  BUT, to my defense, the items that threw me over my budget are one time purchases that will last for years and be used on 7 children over the course of the next 18 years. So, I am calling the extra $150 justified. That is my story and I am sticking to it!

Remember that I am schooling FIVE children so don’t run away in complete terror if you are new to this homeschool thing.  Also, a LARGE amount was spent on books for our home library. That amount could easily be eliminated by substituting library books if you are looking to save money. For us though, the extra money is worth it as I believe books are an investment. Also, the logistics of me getting to the library consistently only lasts a few weeks into a school year before I start procrastinating. Which leads to missing books I had planned. Which leads to having to rearrange a schedule. Which leads to making a new schedule.  Which leads to headache. I am not a fan of unnecessary headaches.

Without further ado:

My Budget List:

(I have added links if you would like to take a look at the places I purchased these)

Amazon (literature, atlases, bibles, resource books): $269.14

Mystery of History (Ancient and Bible history) $50.56

Institute for Excellence in Writing (LA) $276.00

Math U See (math) $51.73

Christianbook.com (Spelling, Math) $206.86

Gravitas Publications (Science) $103.22

Yet to Purchase: Rosetta Stone:French: $200 (estimated)

Grand Total: $1157.51

$1157.51/5 kids = $231.50 per child

If you would like to see what exactly what I purchased at each website here is the curriculum haul video I made to show everyone what we got for our money.

Mom and Dad’s Place

Back in February I instragramed this photo:



My parents bought a sweet little red farmhouse that had sat empty for years.

The one RIGHT next to us… as in a hop, a skip and, quite possibly, not even a jump away from us!

This old four square a few hundred feet from our home once belonged to our neighbors who became dear friends. We were so sad to see them go. They had become almost family and I still miss their everyday presence from our lives. But God moved them onward and there sat their little red farmhouse. Built in the early 1900’s and solid as a brick-you-know-what-house. It had a few outbuildings that accompanied it and a GORGEOUS Georgian basement topped with a wrap around porch.

It finally went up for auction in February and my parents literally STOLE it. I am so happy the did. It has been such a blessing to be just a short walk from my parents and the kids are enjoying being able to visit “Gramma and Papa” easily.

IMG_4238{To Grandmother’s house we go… literally!}

So here’s a little video footage on our trip to grandmother’s house:

Welcome to the NEW www.AFarmhouseFull.com

So I have made the decision to jump on the wordpress bandwagon and I am COMPLETELY over my head. But like most things in my life I will figure it out as I go.  I am planning on doing “Throwback Thursdays” and posting old blog posts from my previous blogs for you to enjoy and adding new blog posts (hopefully weekly). Bear with me as I get used to the new format!