I've had an ongoing illness that I'm still battling, but even being down I've managed to drag myself to the computer to place my long contemplated Rainbow Resource order. I tried to buy our Rightstart math curriculum used from someone in one of the homeschooling groups I belong to and it didn't pan out. There don't seem to be any used complete (complete is the operative word) Level A sets out there. I saw one on eBay a month or so ago and didn't realize what a good deal it was at the time. The bottom line is I finally just sucked it up and bought a new Level A starter set, the generic Rainbow Resource version of the manipulatives I needed for the Level B add on set (I already bought the Level B lesson book on eBay), some pencil grips, and three books by Stan Tekiela --- Wildflowers of Michigan (got this one on eBay), Trees of Michigan and Birds of Michigan.
Why did I buy both Level A and B? First of all, Rightstart has a placement test and Red kind of straddled A and B. I read some starting with A vs. B debate on The Well Trained Mind Forum, and it seemed to me that the folks who started with A were happier and thought their kids understood the concepts better. Some parents even said that their kids raced through A in a few months and were able to go right into B. That's why I decided to buy both and hopefully save myself some $$$ on shipping costs. It seems to have very good resale value so if it doesn't work out I'm not worried.
I bought the Michigan field guides because I would really like to start doing some nature walks. I thought it would be nice to be able to identify what we ran across. I considered getting the accompanying CD for the bird book that has all the bird calls on it, but I figured I could always buy that later if birds really become our thing.
Finally, I got a couple different pencil grips for Red to try to hopefully correct her grip --- this one and this one. I'm really hoping they accommodate my request and send purple and pink grips to make her happy.
One more thing--- I have a book recommendation----> Carolinda Clatter by Mordicai Gerstein.
It is such a magical legend that this author wove. We loved it!
More soon after the box arrives!