gentlestrengths wrote:My question is about reading and book basket. I'd like to know how you organize this. I am coming from Sonlight, where I had all my books on hand, didn't have to think much about the next book because it was always there. Even if/when we didn't follow the schedule to a T we still used all the books - it was like a book basket! I have 4 school-aged children (and a preschooler!). I have three children in ECC, and then a 1st grader. I am feeling quite overwhelmed at the idea of building my book basket. The three doing ECC are 12, 10, and 8. The 12 and 10 year old are avid, and great readers. The 8yo struggles with reading, and does not like to do it. So I am going to need different books for him than for then 12 and 10 year old. My 1st grader is 6 and she'll need her own books also.
I am just looking at how YOU do it, if you have lots of children. I think it would be easy if I were just getting books for two children. But I just don't see an easy way around this yet. Not only do I have 5 children, but I am also active in our homeschool group (slowly trying to get away from leadership with this one as I know I need to be able to concentrate on my 12 yo and her work more), as well as an FRG leader (husband is active duty Army - FRG=Family Readiness Group), which is important to me (ditching the homeschool group FOR the FRG!). All that to say that I need to learn your quick tricks for having great books available. This is a very important thing to me. I do want the books available to the kids. I just need help figuring out how to organize it.
Sorry for sounding so overwhelmed - I probably sound more dramatic than the situation actually is. I'm not really freaking out. Just trying to get it all straight. =) TIA.
There are some folks who pre-purchase a full book basket for their children. Some purchase from other companies, while others take the MFW manual in hand and load up an order from CBD or someplace like that. I don't think it comes out any more expensive than other curriculums with readers included. Here is a thread on that http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=3277
The especially nice thing about creating your own book package is that it can be tailored to your children. As you said, your 6 & 8 yos need books just for them. Book basket even includes things like cookbooks and other nonfiction choices, for those kids who aren't novel-readers. Book basket is more about exploring and learning than about reading.
For readers, you can include book basket books, the list of classics in the back of the manual, or other things your students are interested in. There are some extra ideas on the Book Basket forum, such as this thread for your older ones: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=7543
We have full bookshelves at our house so I didn't need too many more, but I usually found a few more must-haves to order every year &) especially when I knew I wasn't going to be able to get to the library regularly. In book basket I might fill in gaps with a few general theme books (a book on all 50 states or all the presidents, a book of Bible stories at his level), and I would reassess at a few intervals during the year.
His reading time would be separate. Some years, my ds did not want any history readers, so I would choose a few really good book basket books but for his readers I'd choose other things -- "funny books" or "classics" or books his book club would be reading. I like having the freedom to tailor his readers to him.
Hopefully you will hear soon from those moms of many.