In thinking about our upcoming school year we had a lot to consider. We enjoyed Oak Meadow and while I think what they offer is great, I wasn’t thrilled about paying for all their curriculum and still needing to buy all the supplies and crafting materials. I guess I’m a cheapskate, but I think I also just wanted to explore our options. So, even though I was surprised to find my daughter and husband in their recent ad in Living Crafts, (though we HADN’T won their photo contest for free curriculum?! anyone spot them?) we are moving forward.
Enter: Cedar Ring Circle. If you’ve not been to their site or joined the co-op you may not know that they offer homeschooling packages through their online store for the general public, and discounts on supplies, books, and Little Acorn Learning guides for co-op members. They were one of our other options, and we were privileged to win a month’s free in March and we loved it. The major hitch for most Waldorf influenced curricula is the heavy focus on holidays that we don’t really celebrate–it’s no one’s fault, but the major thing in OM’s favor was the lack of that. We fill in the holidays on our own, and we are happy that way.
So, CRC offered a package that accompanies the Earthschooling curricula; the price is great and the package is HUGE! The price of Earthschooling’s online resources is reasonable as is, but we were given a discount on that as a result of purchasing CRC’s bundle and all in all we came in around $300 for all the materials we should need for next year. This is big. While we may not be the best at strictly following any lesson plan day to day, it is a great relief to have a guide and reference point through the year AND the materials to boot! No more skipping projects because we’re missing one or more of the bits and pieces.
Cedar Ring Circle has generously offered to giveaway one free membership to the co-op ($25 value) to one of you lucky readers! Take a look around their site and tell us what you’d be excited to get the member discount on and comment below for an entry. Winner will be announced, Tuesday August 9th.
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