- OUR FAMILY
- OUR CURRICULUM
At first we used very little curriculum books. I basically taught colors, shapes, letters, writing, and other important skill. I still do this for kindergarten and preschool.
I use the Saxon Math curriculum to teach all levels of math.
We are using Shurley English for grammar.
For science, we are using Apologia Science.
And for history, writing, literature, geography, fine arts and activities, Bible Survey and Church History, government & philosophy (both of these are upper level grades), we are using the Tapestry of Grace curriculum...this is our first year with this curriculum.
For handwriting, we often use scripture and Keach's catechism.
And for physical education....our children get plenty of exercise and eventually we will teach them about sports, I'm sure.
- MY HOMESCHOOL DAY
- Get up & dressed.
- Breakfast for all (Hubby works at home).
- Clean Up.
- Homeschooling until lunch.
- Lunch for all.
- Clean Up.
- Naptime for littles, and more homeschool for others.
- Finish up school, littles awake.
- Afternoon Chore time.
- Freeplay/Outside for all, except littlest & Dinner prep for mom.
- Dinner for all.
- Clean Up.
- Freeplay/Outside time.
I have a basic "to-do" list that I have memorized and I do as much of it as I can each day. If it doesn't get done one day, it will be there for me the next!
- WHERE DO WE HOMESCHOOL?
- MUST SHARE TIPS?
- Relax! Don't stress if you don't get everything done that you had intended. Your children will learn regardless and they will someday amaze you with all that they have learned.
- Need a break? Find a video for your children to watch that will teach them a thing or two and give your brain a rest.
- Make it fun! For crafts you can make cards to send to others. Teach your children about math in the kitchen by making something yummy!
- If you have something to read to your older children, give the younger children a picture to color while you are reading. Maybe you should purchase a special coloring book for them for such an occasion.
- QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
I have many of these. I often feel overwhelmed by the task at hand, I guess I need to take my own advice and RELAX!
I often feel unqualified as a teacher, even with a college degree. There are no manuals that teach you how to parent, and homeschooling is much the same with me. No matter how much I read, I am finding that I am learning how to homeschool as I go. It all involves experience. I was not homeschooled myself, so in a sense, I am a pioneer in my family to homeschooling.
Some days go wonderfully, while others are a flop.
My main questions are:
I know I probably have more questions, but I must stop for now. I have homeschooling to do!