Tomorrow night is our homeschool support group's annual curriculum show-and-tell; parents talk about new (or old) materials they're using, or just put it out on tables for others to look at. It's kind of a lead-in to spring conference-and-catalogue season.
Remember how a couple of years ago I was wearing my "dinosaur t-shirt" over the discovery that Cuisenaire Rods were no longer such a hot curriculum item? Well, tomorrow night I'll be wearing it again, I guess: I'm doing a five-minute talk on Miquon Math's big brother, the Key-To series, which has been around, seemingly unchanged, since 1971. I heard about these worktexts when we started homeschooling, but we got into other post-Miquon math programs and didn't have a use for them until about three years ago, when Ponytails got to middle-school age and Mr. Fixit was teaching her math. Since then I've also used parts of Key To Fractions and Key to Decimals with Dollygirl, and I'm thinking of ordering Key to Percents--one of the only ones we don't have.
So for show-and-tell night...other years I've brought the materials for a typical year of Ambleside Online (whatever year(s) we were doing at the time), or things we received during the year we were on the Review Crew. This year I was thinking of bringing some stuff to celebrate our "veteran" status...this may also have something to do with the fact that I have a birthday sometime soon, and although it's not a particularly significant one, it's still edging me closer to that big double-digit.
What would you bring to prove that you were homeschooling during the '90's...or the '80's? What are the dead giveaways?
1. Your set of Calculadders is not via download, not on CD-Rom, but stored in a file folder (unless you still have the cardboard box, like Carol). (I plead guilty, although I have to say that we've only used them off-and-on.)
3. Your Timechart History of the World goes up to only 1998. (And when I bought that one, it was new.)
4. Your Saxon math books are all hardcovers. (We have just one: Algebra 1/2).
5. You have a set of Powerglide French stashed away...all on cassettes. (Yes. We do. We got it used, The Apprentice used it, and I let her write right in the workbooks since I got such a good deal on it. Now, of course...I can't get any more of them.)
6. When you started buying books at friends-of-the-library sales, they were still clearing out books from the '50's and '60's (or even before). (This is true...although I didn't have kids yet.)
7. You still have some of those books.
8. You still use some of those books.
9. Your copy of For the Children's Sake looks like this:
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