Sunday, April 4, 2010

If I Had the Money....

"If you had $500, $1000, $2000 that you could use ONLY for curriculum, what would you purchase?"

That was a recent question posed by an anonymous reader. Thanks for asking! I have been pondering and have come up with these wants:

1. The entire MUS curriculum. I have most of the teachers manuals for Zeta down, and some student books, but I would just get the rest of the TM's, DVD's and student books for all levels and not have to worry about it every year. I'd save on shipping by getting it all at once, too. I'm not using student books as consumables any more, so one of each that I don't have would be plenty.

2. The Uncle Eric books. These are used in AO/HEO beginning in Year Seven. I have only found the Rome book used, so they are on my to-buy-soon list. I'd like the deluxe package since the related books are so highly recommended.

I think these two would total nearly $500.

3. I would round out the rest of the AO/House of Education books that I haven't found used. There are a lot of them! I'd bet that would finish off $1000.

Another $1000 would be FUN for me to spend. I really don't spend a lot since I frequent so many used book sales. I would, off the top of my head, make sure to obtain these books (some of which I do own already):

The Book House by Olive Beaupre Miller (I only have found four volumes so far)
The Picturesque Tale of Progress by Olive Beaupre Miller (I have a full set already, but couldn't bear not to mention them!)
The Book of Knowledge (we have two pre-1940 sets and they are well worth the shelf space!)
G.A. Henty's excellent historical fiction. I have but two of these great books so far. They are hard to find used. Vision Forum has a half off sale once a year, so I would wait until then to order the set.
The Sir Cumference Series and others by Cindy Neuschwander. Living math books...what could be better?
The Life of Fred as a supplement to MUS. I like what I have heard about it.
The Little Britches Series by Ralph Moody. I have but one of this series, and it's a tattered garage sale copy I am afraid to actually use.
The Art For Children Series by Ernest Raboff. I have a few, but would like the rest.
The D'Aulaire's books. I have all but a few, but oh, those few! I want them!
Homeschool in the Woods Timeline Figures CD. My friend has it. It makes your Book of Centuries look very nice.
Lamplighter books. I have heard good things about them, though I have only read one. It's "Amy and Her Brothers". I found it when I was 13 at a junk shop. It's a copy from 1860.

I'm sure there are plenty of others I would want. I'll amend the list as I think of them.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, good dreams!
    Thankfully our library has quite a few Henty's and also the Neuschwander books, too, but it is always nice to own really good books. You are truly a bibliophile!


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