Friday, July 25, 2008

Plans for 2008-2009 plans! I have most of my materials...some of this and a little of that. It'll be very different from last year where I simply used all Abeka materials. I knew I definitely wanted to make changes, but I keep second guessing myself and the choices I've currently made. If these choices don't work, then I can change again...

Here goes for what I've decided so far...I think...

FOR ELIJAH (1st Grade):

Language Arts:
Phonics: Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading & Explode the Code series
Grammar: First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind
Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting
Spelling: Building Spelling Skills
Reading: Family Read-Alouds, Independent Reading time, Books on CD

Saxon 1

Christian Kids Explore Biology

The Mystery of History (or The Story of the World)
The Bible

Various - daily family devotionals, character trait studies, verse memorization

Physical Education:
Various - swim lessons, outdoor play, bike riding, maybe Karate, maybe learn to skate program for Ice Hockey, bowling, family walks and games

How to Teach Art to Children, Charity LEAH classes

Various - Continuing Education classes, Charity LEAH classes

Sign Language - Signing Time DVDs, library books

I'm a little nervous to put all this together, but, each of these curriculum choices are laid out well for parental use and instruction. I just need to come up with a daily plan spread sheet...working on that in Microsoft Excel. I worry that I'll have too much overlap with Language Arts, but time will tell. What I know for sure is that I want Elijah (and Luke & Isaac) to enjoy this process of learning - I want to foster an internal desire to learn more. I want lots of hands-on learning. I want to read lots and lots and lots...and lots more. But mostly, I want to enjoy the opportunity to deepen my relationships with my boys and make the most of every day I have with them. When those relationships are strong, then I can impact their hearts to turn toward Christ and the salvation we can find only in Him. Any other pursuit, educational or otherwise, pales in comparison to this task.


Carole said...

Wow! We have a lot of similar goals. Hey - are you getting your ideas from Heidi? :) (I certainly am!)

Tarah said...

I hope that someday, when my girls are at school ages, I can be half the homeschool mom that you are. It intimidates me and excites me at the same time, but I can't think about it for too long or I get overwhelmed. What a BIG job!! Also, I've known people who plan to do it and then choose not to when the kids are that age. i don't want to do that, but I have a few years.