I'm going to be a First Mate for the upper level TOS Homeschool Crew for 2010-11.
When I was asked if I would like to return, and which crew I'd like to be on, we prayed about it as a family. Since I have kids who are in the Preschool/Elementary age range (the younger crew) and I have one child solidly in the Junior/Senior High range (the older crew) and I have one child who is solidly straddling that line (6th grader, reading at a lower level, doing solid middle school math, science and history work) -- it was not an easy decision.
But... honestly, I have plenty of stuff around for my little kids, and there are plenty of wonderful people out there who can do a better job of reviewing that level of product than I do... and since we do not have a whole lot of stuff at the high school level and there simply are not as many people out there homeschooling high school (I'm only sort of doing it myself... Connor will be an 8th grader, but is already taking high school classes)... well, the older crew it is.
I already know a few vendors I should be seeing, and a number of things I'm really hoping to get. Some that I'm most excited about, just for a teaser preview:
- Math Essentials (yes, I am, in fact, excited about more math)
- New Monic Books (publishers of Vocabulary Cartoons -- something I have had in my cart over, and over, and over... but I've never purchased)
- Digital Frog (remember I said I was praying for science!)
- Homeschool Programming (Connor has specifically asked to start doing some serious technology electives)
And so many more...
I'm nervous about being a First Mate, and hoping my mini-crew doesn't hate me by the time the year is over...
I am looking forward to my short break here, as the first products are not supposed to be shipping until July, except maybe a practice review this month.