Wednesday, January 13, 2010
A Ramble About Getting Ready for School
Sports day, quilting, lace bobbin making and lace making, worm farming, nature study, baking, nature treasure hunts, Sunday School and picnics, youth groups and young adults, university and nannying, cricket and back yard soccer, swimming, Wolston House, Nerada Tea Factory, botanical gardens etc are just some of the things we did last year...I wonder what this year holds? My oldest daughter turns 20 this October and I am struck that the 'happy-go-lucky', easy going school days are whisked away by the flow of time, and all too fast. And I determine to enjoy this year with my children as much as I can!
Anyway for us it is the time of the year when homeschooling mothers either start to panic about what they are going to do in the next academic year or when they start to get excited about what they are going to do! Or maybe they will have a little of both...only a few more weeks to go!
Last year soon after we had flooded and moved I put Joseph and Erica onto 'Switched on School House' for everything and they have absolutely loved it! (SEE http://www.aophomeschooling.com ) They seem to be learning heaps! For the next six months I will continue with it to buy 'a bit of time' for Emma and Tim, who are both learning to read etc. I hope to go back to Sonlight again sometime with these four. We'll see!
My two big boys are very good at maths and science and work very independently, although Douglas is in the backgound if they neeed help, which seldom happens. They have all their classes on DVD/CD. Jonathan is busy with year 12 this year. He will also prepare for the SAT exams for university entry, so it will be a busy year for him... he may need an extra six months or so to get eveything done that he wants to do- which is 'cool' with me!
I hope to run our usual Excellence in Writing Courses, and may teach some sewing classes to kids too, maybe ...????? We'll see, first things first - let's get into the swing again!
I generally use a mix of things like Saxon, Teaching Text Books, ABEKA, Apologia, Mystery of History and Story of the World etc, etc We also read a lot...in fact in this house I have to ban reading and music practice- yea, us home schoolers are rather weird at times!
Art is going to have a higher profile this year if I can help it, as it is always the first off the list in a difficult year, last year was such a year. Not that my kids have any problems doing art minus a class. But I love art theory and history and appreciation too, and have nearly a dozen teaching DVD's to be used again! Hoping to get to the art gallery too in the next couple of weeks as they have an Asia Pacific Art Exhibition - I wonder if they will have any Maori art? I find their fish hook art and symbolism fascinating!
If you ever wonder where I am coming from...I guess my favourite home schooling philosophy is still Charlotte Mason after all these years. But as I have time constraints and work at so many different levels at once, I adapt and make do too.
We still do a lot of nature study and have continued that in the holidays with silk worms, moths and now eggs. Maybe this year we can get going with nature diaries and drawings again! I love this side of homeschooling.
Anyway, happy planning and getting excited all my dear Homeschooling Moms! And don't panic in a few weeks time it will all start to come together again! I always find this a good praying time as I ponder over each child. How blessed we are to cater for their individual needs - their gifts and their difficulties!
Below ....cheeky worm farming