Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Homeschool Buying Dilemma

A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.
~Louis A. Berman

I just realized today that the reason I ordered Latin's Not So Tough Level 3 "Answers Only" Answer Key booklet last year when I already had it is probably because I meant to order Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek Level 3 "Answers Only" Answer Key booklet from the same company, which I cannot find and now need. This is just a $3 to $4 booklet, which is going to cost twice that with shipping, which is just ridiculous so I thought I would add something else I need from the same store...but it is never just that simple with homeschool materials.

Since we are well into the third level of the Latin series, I may buy Level 4, because I cannot find it used right now and I like having things ahead of needing them, and usually it works for me...usually. In a few more weeks, I probably will find them, but I would probably have to buy other books I don't need so I am not sure I would get much of a savings there.

I made the mistake of looking around for more as I have been toying with the idea of getting First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 4. I have been trying to stay away from a workbook with grammar, but this one has nearly everything I have been doing from a number of sources all-in-one and I did like First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 1-2. Too bad there are not many of the Level 4 used, since it is fairly new, and the place with the best price a new one does not carry the Greek answer booklet!

Now I have to ask myself if it is worth spending time to determine the best prices and what to get from where and when, because not everything can be purchased from the same place at the best prices even with shipping. It is always something with homeschooling!

~ My Lord, please guide me yet again to only get what is necessary for me to teach my daughter what is within Your will for her to be learning. ~

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