I should have known better than to try to reinvent the wheel, however, sometimes it takes a lot of research to get there. On Friday my son's Math Curriculum arrived. He took the placement test for this program a few months ago for his grade level (he is in 3rd grade) and finished it in 10 minutes and got 100%. What can I say? His dad is a Computer Science nerd and he's good at Math. It did not come from my genes...going back at least four generations on all sides.
I sat on the oh-crap-he-is-going-to-get-ahead and if this homeschool thing is a huge flop then what do I do fence for several weeks. I had him do the placement test for 4th grade and he finished in 20 minutes and got 100% except for one section. I didn't feel right about going into 5th grade so I figured 4th grade it is. Then I finally pulled that Math trigger.
Unfortunately, Teaching Textbooks does not go as low as 1st grade so I went with Math U See for my daughter. That package arrived today (it's like Christmas around here) and I took a look at it. My daughter is not naturally gifted at Math. She would rather sing and color. I got her the Alpha program and even though I think she has been exposed to all of it, I am comfortable having her really get it and weave her way through Math at her own pace. My son will probably finish his Math program within a few months because it is fun for him.
Next up: I am not doing a Spelling program. GASP!