Thursday, September 16, 2010
We are indeed starting to settle into a routine with our homeschooling. I suppose it is more accurate to say I designed a schedule and we are actually sticking to it. We dabbled in homeschooling last year when Butterfly was enrolled in public senior kindergarten and over the summer, but I didn't actually have lesson plans or a schedule to follow until we started our school year 14 days ago.
We have a regular pattern to our studies as well as a set of regular extra-curriculars: we have a weekly park date with several other local homeschoolers; Butterfly and I have piano lessons every Thursday morning; and we go to the library every Thursday after piano. I am trying to keep the scheduled extra-curriculars to a minimum for now.
Academically, this is what our days generally look like: Bumblebee usually is up before Butterfly so he eats breakfast with me, then we do some one-on-one language arts work; mainly we are doing very basic reading and writing lessons. During this time, Butterfly and Cricket are eating their breakfast with their Dad. When Bumblebee finishes his work, it's Butterfly's turn to work on anything she needs to do one-on-one, usually this means language arts and math. After all of the individual math I gather all the kids in the "classroom" (aka the computer room aka the only room in the house that gets any morning sunshine) and we do some really schooly stuff like sing the days of the week and months of the year songs, sing O Canada, and pray together (this is, I suppose, only schooly if you go to a religious school but I digress). Then I set Cricket up with some toys to play with while I read and read and read to the kids. We read from their Bible Storybook, we read from one or more of the many great Read-Alouds from Sonlight, and then we stop.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Kingfisher Atlas of World History
Ancient coins on Jewelry Television
The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher by John Taylor Gatto
Truth in Advertising for schools : from Unschooling Rules
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
We make and eat a lot of cupcakes here. Okay, not really, but it's such a pretty picture, don't you think?
The purpose of this blog is threefold:
1) to document the comings and goings of our little homeschool,
2) to share links and some of my ideas on homeschooling with other current or potential homeschoolers, and
3) to offer encouragement and possibly advice to other homeschoolers, especially those with infants or toddlers in tow.
(photos from top left: little bean's 1st birthday, our budding artist, and owl wings at VINS)
Come in, grab a cuppa, I hope you enjoy your visit!