Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I'm frustrated...

I'm frustrated...that I can't find what I'm looking for.  I really thought it would be simple.  There's so many choices after all!

I have been attempting to compile a short list of books that would cover the major life skills that I want my children to learn.  I have found a wonderful book for sewing and have a plan for teaching manners (which combines 2 resources).  I have five kids cookbooks on my shelf (none of which I would consider the best all in one beginner cookbook).  I have three books I ordered--one on responsibility, one on home economics for homeschoolers (that's the title), and one on money.  They're all okay, but not great.  So, I'm frustrated...

I have an idea in my mind of exactly what I'm looking for.  I want books that are helpful to both parents and kids--ones that can be read together, but that also help parents springboard from and go further on their own.  I want books that cover the basics without being contrived.  I want illustrations!  I also want books that encourages girls and boys to be girls and boys, but that doesn't pigeon hole them.

I think that my best solution at this point is to just write my own, perhaps that will become my summer project.  I do like to write curriculum, so I think I am going to try my hand at this.


  1. "Training Our Daughters to be Keepers at Home" is very extensive. It covers 7 years and everything from Biblical femininity, sewing and cooking Sue Gregg's cookbooks) to gardening, flower arranging and elder care. Alot is included; some things are purchased. I used it with our youngest daughter and though we didn't do everything, we both got alot from it. I realize this only covers the girls. Maybe someone else knows of something for boys.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion... That curriculum was recommended to my husband and I did look into it. I don't have any friends who have it and I am concerned about spending so much money on it. I read the first story from The King's Daughter, (which I think it recommends) about Marie Antoinette's daughter and it was disconcerting... Did you ever read that book?

    I did look at Polished Cornerstones as well and although it had some good ideas as well, several of the books are ones that I'm not comfortable with my girls reading when they're older.