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June 22nd, 2007, 07:56 PM
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Okay, so at the sale today I got my curriculum book for like $12 which is GREAT!
But under the teacher materials they list books and essential materials...some of which includes four sets of flashcards for 14.95!!!!...
So....If I were to get ALL the "essential" materials on top of the two workbooks I still need it would add $71 dollars to my total!! YIKES!!!
They want you to buy four sets of flashcards at 14.95$ each, then get another set of learning games ( I had already factored in one set of learning games- I really wanted to get those...but do I really need two?
Two sets of learning games and four sets of flashcards?? REALLY? Are these essential?

I looked through the lessons and these materials are incorporated, but I guess I won't find out if they are absolutely necessary until I get there... OY...

This is for math, and I feel really inadequate for math since I did so terrible at it and apparently with this curriculum they will be learning addition facts too(one set of flashcards) But surely I can MAKE flashcards. Seriously, that is WAY to expensive just for flashcards. I guess one of the sets come with a song tape...BIG DEAL!! They are still $14.95!!!

So....All this to say....I can make these flashcards, right? You don't think I'm short changing myself by not getting all the "essential" materials, do you?
(Nevermind the "recommended) materials list! Yeesh! How much money do they think we have to spend on ONE subject??

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June 22nd, 2007, 08:34 PM
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Sure you can make flashcards. Or you can buy them way cheaper. They are around $7 each set at the school supply store by me. You can get them at Staples and places like that, too, usually.

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June 22nd, 2007, 08:36 PM
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My math is very expensive, which suprised me, but thinking about it now, I think that a math with manipulatives and games is essential. The math we use doesn't use any flash cards, ever, but I agree...if they're essential, you can make them or buy them at wal-mart!!

For comparison's sake, we're using Right Start, which I got used for $85.00 shipped. It costs anywhere from 100-150 per yer for the complete package new from the company. I agonized over the cost, but since our choice this year was NOT working, I finally decided to take the plunge.
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June 22nd, 2007, 09:13 PM
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Well this one is 48.60$ for the curriculum two workbooks and one set of numbers charts and games.
All this stuff I mentioned would add 71$ to that...That is just WAYYY to much for us; especially since he's only four.
These are kind of specialized flashcards to a degree I guess- one shows dots like a domino to show addition facts, then there's a plain addition facts one, then a family facts one, then a numbers concepts one...but I seriously think I can make all these; I could use stickers even...I don't know. I'll have to look around.

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June 23rd, 2007, 12:30 AM
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There are sites with printable flashcards and I think also ones that you can make to what you need before printing. But sticker dots should do just fine.

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June 23rd, 2007, 05:05 AM
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Since you know roughly what the cards are supposed to look like I don't see any reason why you can't just make them.
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June 23rd, 2007, 07:27 AM
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I don't know if you have a Dollar Tree around you, but I have gotten 3 sets of flash cards for $1 each. They have addition and subraction and multiplication, but I just got the number recognition and alphabet ones. They are from $2.50 - $3 at Wal Mart. I agree though, if you can see them, you can make them yourself. Index cards and sticker dots or a sharpie.

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June 23rd, 2007, 11:43 AM
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YAY!! Then I don't have to be dismayed!
I was so excited about getting the curriculum for cheap and then I saw the essentials list and was like uh oh...
Seriously, 14.95 for flashcards...one set said there were only 20 in there too!! YIKES!

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June 23rd, 2007, 04:46 PM
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I would make them. I made Scotty's alphabet ones too. It is definitely tempting for us just starting out homeschoolers to want the crispy shiny new stuff, but come on! LOL We are definitely on a budget here. As a matter of fact, I have spent my week scouring local libraries for the books offered by the sonlight curriculum. I have found all the ones I wanted and now I am going to order the teacher guide and start doing some of it with Scotty. BUT at 4, you have so much time to learn all that stuff, and you have time to figure out what works. I'd say that before you pick anything expensive, sample it and see how your child likes it. Then, if it is working for him and you want to invest the money for more of it, then you can do so without guilt!
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