Do you remember the very first thing you bought for your homeschool? What was it? How did you decide what to buy? Did you regret your first purchase?
When I first started homeschooling, I just grabbed some worksheets from one of those "Comprehensive Curriculum" workbooks available at Sam's Club. I think that I bought it because it said "Comprehensive" on it and also? Because it was all in one book and available at Sam's Club.
Looking back on it, those are TERRIBLE criteria for purchasing schoolwork for a kid! But it turned out *just fine* for teaching Elf as a first grader. It gave me lots of time to check out what's "out there" in more specialized subjects like cooking or art, and considering that first graders know very little in the way of math or handwriting, just about anything I bought and actually used would have worked for a while.
I've been homeschooling for five years (as of next week). I'm still discovering new homeschool resources each year that I had no idea were out there before. I enjoy going to conventions, and (I must be crazy) I enjoy looking at homeschool ads and spending time trolling homeschool curriculum websites to compare their scope and sequence with other brands. I've found myself changing homeschool brands as 1. I've learnt about new products, 2. my children have grown and changed, and 3. my confidence in my ability to homeschool has increased.
But I still remember that first purchase. What was yours? I'm going to try to do a Mr. Linky thing and see if YOU want to post about this topic as well. If it doesn't work, leave your link in the comment section! I'm hoping to try new things and see how they go. :)