The kids in our county started school last week! Lydia doesn’t start for two more weeks and I’m glad because after the cousins were here from Mexico and (I forgot to tell you about) the family reunion last weekend, I just feel like I’m getting back to normal life here.
I still haven’t even looked at the supply list I need to collect for Lydia’s class. We did get some new shoes for the kids last week and I made Lydia try on all her uniforms from last year (still fit!). But that’s about it!
My main goals for this week are to 1)CLEAN THE PLAYROOM. It’s where we do school and oh, my friends. It’s just scary. 2)PICK OUT CURRICULUM. You know Lydia’s school is a hybrid homeschool so they pick out all her books and curriculum. (Which is one reason I love our school.) But I want to add a little more to our school day because I want Lydia and Asa doing more together and I want to add some fun stuff!
For Asa, I’ll be doing Five in a Row with him. This is really what got me started on my homeschool journey. It’s a simple curriculum that picks a quality, classic picture book and gives lesson starters for math, science, geography, reading and more.
You read the book once every day for five days and then go from there. I did it with Lydia when I was practice-homeschooling and did some of Before Five in a Row(the preschool version) with Asa last year. This year, I’ll do it a little better and try to line it up with Lydia’s studies so they can work together.
After the New Year, I’ll re-evaluate and see if I want to do anything more structured with him. I doubt I will. But you never know. He could surprise me!
For their “together” subjects, I want to do…
The kids are so incredibly into maps and geography. They love knowing about countries, states and cities. I just scored a ton of great USA-themed books from the thrift store –it must have been a teacher or homeschool mom who just dropped off every book she ever bought because 90% of the books there had her name on them. I bought tons!
So, with the Olympics (USA! USA! USA!) and all the elections, I think this is a good time to introduce some United States-themed-lessons to them. For the actual curriculum, I’m going with Road Trip USA from Confessions of a Homeschooler. It’s just a download with crafts, activities, worksheets, etc. But it was designed by a homeschool mama with preschool and early elementary aged kids.
I’m still super new to this and I don’t want to get bogged down, frustrated or choose something too old for my kids. I think this will be easy enough for me (them) and still thorough enough for good learning.
I figured picking a Bible curriculum would be easy. But you know, that’s kinda why I started this blog. I wanted to teach my preschooler some Bible verses and couldn’t find anything to do it with!
For this school year, I want to do something more fun than a Sunday School class, more thorough than a Bible storybook and something a little cooler than Bible-homeschool-class.
Of course, I could just make something up like our ABC Crafts, Fruit of the Spirit or Superhero activities. But I figured that would come on its’ own anyway. I’d like something that leads us through some good teaching and open my kids up to new stories and ideas they haven’t necessarily been introduced to yet.
And now I’m sure you’re all on the edge of your seats wondering what I’ve chosen, aren’t you? Well, I haven’t chosen yet. I have a date to visit my mom’s office (she’s been a Children’s Pastor for 30+ years) to look through her books. And I think I’ll be mixing some club programs (like Pioneer Clubs) with What’s in the Bible?, The Story and other resources to make one big we-love-the-Bible program. *shrugs* We’ll see what happens! Hopefully it will be fun enough (and good enough) to share with you–regardless of your school choice!
Slightly coupled with our Bible teaching, I have decided on We Choose Virtues. I’ve seen this on tons of other homeschool blogs and love the idea. It’s perfect for public school, church, home or homeschool. I’ll probably do a big review on it after I use it awhile, but basically the kids are taught virtues with simple catchphrases to help them understand and act on them.
I so love the idea of Biblical virtues. You know, that’s what the Fruit of the Spirit are, right? Just character qualities and virtues! They say 80% of a child’s character is is developed by the time they are five. FIVE! So, it is so important to instill these qualities into them now!
The last thing I’m doing is something I’m super excited about: Family Mentoring. (<–I just made that title up this second.) I really want to use our homeschool time to focus on the kids’ talents and abilities. Of course, I don’t really know what their main talent is considering they are 6 and 3. So, I’d love to introduce them to a few non-academic things to try out.
As I was thinking about different ideas, I realized my family is hugely talented! So, I asked my mom to do a 6 week class with Lydia to teach her to sew. My aunt is a brilliant artist, my brother a graphic designer, carpenter and musician. My father-in-law is a pastor, my mother-in-law paints and cooks. My dad is practically a gourmet chef. My sister-in-law is a nurse!
Wouldn’t it be fun if they could spend a few days a month (not for the whole school year, just whatever works for them) learning from their family members? I’m super excited to see how it all works out because it’s a double win–skills learned and family bonds tightened!
Oh, and Lydia is taking ballet while Asa begins tumbling! And my husband has promised to do 2 days of week PE with the kids–so he can teach them CrossFit! Yikes!
Homeschooling or not, when do you start school? What are you looking forward to the most?
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