Then that still, small voice of reason (or perhaps it's the checkbook) speaks: keep it simple! Don't get me wrong; I'm very thankful for all the choices and options I have in homeschooling my children. I've heard many a story from homeschool pioneers that included, "when we started teaching our kids at home we were barely able to convince ONE company to sell us school books!" But in our zeal to provide our children the very best education we often fall into the trappings of a "newer and better" mentality. Not only is this thinking costly, it becomes an entanglement. Suddenly I feel pressured to use this program, read that book, or try this method because I paid for it. That pressure builds as I push my kids to finish all the lessons, complete all the worksheets, read every page. The results? It steals our joy, discourages our children, and frustrates our husbands.
Let me encourage you to live in the freedom of simplicity. Be content with what you have, keep things simple, and enjoy this incredible journey called homeschooling!