Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

09/30/09
Amy
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The Letter “F”


We are several weeks into our school year now, but last week was the first time that I was more intentional about my activity planning (partially due to being unorganized and partially due to just recently getting the rest of my curriculum in). The letter “F” was our theme for the week and I had fun putting together a collection of activities. It wasn’t anything extravagant, but both Samuel and I had a lot of fun with it. Here is a sampling of what we did:

Handwriting Without Tears is our handwriting curriculum this year, so we started by practicing printing our f‘s.

We read some of the Rainbow Fish books and did a simple, but corresponding craft

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…we did counting, addition, and subtraction equations with goldfish…

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…we read the Bible story of how Jesus fed the five thousand with just five loves of bread and two fish and discussed how that related to the upcoming food distribution and community outreach we were taking part in…

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…and (Samuel’s favorite) we made a fishing pole and went couch fishing for reading words that began with the letter “f“.

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All in all, I think that Samuel had a fun time and he certainly did fabulous on all of his activities.

09/03/09
Amy
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Compiling a Curriculum


I’ve spent many hours pouring over this metro-phone-book-sized curriculum catalog this week. Hours.

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Reading the reviews, highlighting, evaluating and then doing further research and price comparisons on various programs. I think I’m getting close to having a final list!

Homeschooling is not a new concept for me as I personally was homeschooled for many years and then was a tutor for homeschoolers in my pre-baby years. And I adore teaching. However, I am finding this role to be different in many ways as a parent. Maybe it is just the added weight of responsibility.

Luckily though, Samuel is just in preschool this year so there is very little external pressure. My main goals are to create some stimulating activities for his ever-active and intelligent little mind, to give him a foundation in phonics, reading and math, and to allow him to explore some areas that he enjoys and is good at. I want it to be a fun and engaging year…for both of us.

He actually went to a preschool at a local church last school year and it was an absolutely wonderful experience (despite my previous resolve to never send my children to preschool). He was at a stage in life where it was perfect for him. I had also just had a baby and was not at a point where I could put my full energy into giving him the stimulation that he was craving. This year, though, we are all at a different stage in life and we made the decision, after lots of prayer, to keep him home…believing that it was the best decision for our family. Proving once again that our early decision to take one school year at a time, per child, was the right approach.

So, off we go on our new adventure! I officially started school with Samuel last week. I had intended to wait until I had my curriculum lined up and organized (more for my sake than for his), but was delayed in that process for various reasons. But last Tuesday I decided that I needed to just take the plunge and we had a blast. We did some pages from workbooks I had laying around, we did a craft, had reading time, and spent some recreational time outside. I love this unique time that I get with my boy.

And I sure look forward to receiving my many goodies books in the mail!