Hi Heidi - Welcome - I LOVE This forum - it's still relatively small so it's really nice because you really get to know some of the posters pretty intimately, yet it's large enough to get some good feedback.
I LOVE TOS by the way! I actually gave up my papercrafts subscription for TOS (timewise it's best for me to only subscribe to ONE magazine), and if you knew me, you'd know that makes TOS rank pretty high on list of important things in life. :-)
You're right, I DON'T know how Sandi Queen does it! Amazing. I like her language lessons because they do incorporate picture study and to be honest, that makes my life easier (we haven't used them yet). I don't think I'm going to start with them until we're done with SSRW, because I don't want to torture my girls with too much phonics, and I'm not sure they are quite ready for the LL for the Very Young yet.
I'm wondering about using The Nature Study Idea Book for our first yer to help us get started with Nature study. I was also considering the home and hearth stories for children as a read aloud and having my dd narrate.
I'm also thinking about Copywork for Little Girls - I know they provide free copy work from SCM which I SO appreciate, but I do so much better with paper books in hand than print outs.
So excited to have you join us!