I’m SO excited! 🙂
I was looking for a state history course for my children–one that would be meaningful, memorable, and fun.
I hated my state history class in school. It was dead boring–mostly names and dates of dead folks, it seemed. That had nothing to do with me, and I was NOT interested. Not in the least. We never even went anywhere, which is a shame because we all live in the middle of a field trip waiting to happen.
So I was looking for a curriculum that would combine meaty facts with enough fun activities to become a memorable adventure for my kids. I couldn’t find one, so I wrote one. Friends started asking about what we were doing. One thing led to another, and Discover Texas was launched.
Because I wanted to include games, unit studies, full-color graphic eye-candy, and weblinks so my kids could experience their own explorations and discoveries, I chose to make Discover Texas an interactive program and publish it on computer disks. Now mind you, in 2000 that was cutting edge technology! At my first homeschool curriculum fair one dad marveled, “You’ve made it an ebook!” He was all excited. I had no idea what he was talking about. Ebooks weren’t even a “thing” yet.
Fast forward to 2016. Everybody knows what an ebook is, and more and more computers don’t even have disk drives. (We skipped thumb drives completely. Too hard to ship.) For the last few years I’ve known I needed something more “leet”–a delivery system that will run the program on any computer, something all online so you buy it when you need it and use it immediately, but I whatever I chose would have to be as user-friendly as the original course AND allow me to retain the links and audio component that make it so easy for students to use. (These are not downloadable lessons plans and print-outs. This is a self-directed online course with all the bells and whistles!)
AND I FINALLY FOUND IT–a system that will do everything we’ve been doing and more!
Which is wonderful, because I’ve got tons of ideas for OTHER courses now that I’ve got a way to ensure appeal and quality. There’s pretty much a fireworks display going off in my head.
So tell me…what sorts of hands-on, pre-packaged courses do YOU wish someone would put together? I’m listening!