Thursday, August 6, 2009

Home School Plans

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It's that time of year again. When we make plans to send our kiddos off for another year of learning and growing....back to school time. For lots of families this means going away from home for school, but for lots of other families school becomes a part of home and home becomes a part of school. This year, we'll be one of those families.
Darcy, at Life with My 3 Boybarians is hosting a Not Back to School party all month long. This week is curriculum week and she's giving all of us a chance to share our curriculum picks. This is great for me, because I can browse through every one's choices and get some tips and ideas. Because this year is our first year homeschooling. We made the decision with lots of prayer and consideration and thought and a bit of worry. And we feel really good about it. We're excited and the kids are excited, and we don't what the heck we're doing.



For our first grade adventure boy:
First Language Lessons-Jessie Wise
The Story of the World, Volume One-Bauer
Spelling Workout, Level A and B
We purchased MCP Math, level A-but I'm not sold on this for him. Gonna explore A Beka instead.
For reading we'll focus on the Ancients, and make sure to pull in lots of whatever interests him at the moment.
Science is leaving us puzzled still, hopefully I'll find something that grabs me while I search through all the amazing links at Darcy's site.
Handwriting is Handwriting Without Tears.
Art will happen once a week, and I'll have to follow his non-artist lead and focus on what interests him.


For our extra busy kindergarten gal:
We'll continue going through The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading, which we've started this summer.
I think we'll end up using the math purchased for her brother.
For Handwriting she'll go through Handwriting without Tears as well.
And I expect that she'll want to come join us for history and science. But for her our biggest goal is to get her reading well.


For the three year old observer, well, she'll mostly sit around and be cute. But we will work on letters and numbers and read lots and lots of books.

For all of us we'll work on some Scripture memorization and family devotional time. And lots and lots of reading, for mom and dad and all three kids.

It'll be an adventure I'm sure. Maybe someday I'll jump into the reasons we home school, but for now I think I just need to focus on starting well. And maybe I'll be so busy doing school that someday won't ever come. I do know you'll probably be hearing bits and pieces of our adventure along the way.

In the meantime, here's what Heidi has to say-her thoughts on homeschooling have totally inspired me. She says it much better than I could; it's great food for thought.

6 comments:

  1. Looks like a good plane for first year! We've used HWT and I really love it, and I am still on the fence about SOTW....I hear great stuff about it though!

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  2. Thanks for linking to my blog. I'm always encouraged to know that my thoughts on homeschooling have helped others!

    We have many of the same curriculum picks. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have so far!

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  3. "And I expect that she'll want to come join us for history and science."

    This made me giggle, because for the last 2 years my 6 yr. old has been just soaking in the history. She is constantly reminding me of people and events we studied -- she remembers better than I do!

    Hope you have a wonderful first year!

    Kellie

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  4. It looks like we are using a lot of the same things for our 6-year-olds. I'm in Oregon too! I'd love it if you'd like to share where you are - maybe we're close. I'm in Sherwood. :)

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  5. We love Story of the World! It looks like you have a great year ahead of you with a great choice of books. Have a wonderful year homeschooling!
    Blessings,
    My4weetums

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  6. We love Story of the World, too!

    First year homeschooling? Here's my unsolicited advice: Have fun! Relax. Enjoy the times. Do the work with a cheerful voice and a smile. It can be challenging, but it's also the most rewarding job you'll ever have! Remember that there will be hard days, but that just makes the good times shine even brighter.

    The 3-year old will sit around and be cute, huh? I wish my 2-year old would do that! ;-) He's a hyper go-go-go little rascal! It's a good thing the kid is absolutely adorable and cuddly!

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