Hello internet people. I think daily about what to write here and when to really breakdown my whole mindset and background and life story. But the thought of the size of that post overwhelms me. And I worry that most people won’t want that much detail of my own life.
So I’ll write what I know I would want to read. In the last few months I’ve scoured the internet for listings of homeschool schedules and curricula. I’ve read a few books and I’m about ready to actually homeschool my own children (God help me.)
I live in Virginia and therefore am required to submit my homeschool declaration and curriculum outline by August 15th. So obviously I’ve waited until August 9th to really outline what I’ll be doing. Guys, it’s only changed like 18 times. And that’s how I work. I’ve made peace with that. So as this summer comes to a close, I’m feeling good about having played all the possibilities over in my head.
But first, some detail on our family. I’ll be homeschooling three children, ages 6, 5, and 3. We’ll officially be doing first grade, kindergarten, and preschool.
Our daily goals:
- Reading: I’ll ready to kids and the oldest two will read as practice. My youngest will be working on the alphabet.
- Writing: We have handwriting books for the 5 and 6 year old which we’ll work in a little daily. We’re using the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting program for their grade level. We’ll also be practicing on lined paper separately.
- Spelling: This goes hand in hand with writing. I will suggest words and they will give it a go to spell these words on their own.
- Math: Haven’t purchased this curriculum yet, but I plan on using Math Mammoth for our first grader. Our kindergartener will simply be working on counting.
- Play: This is a huge one. With all three kids home together, I think it’s important to allow them free play with one another. Usually my kids do this rather well. Between pretend play and bike-riding and water buckets outside, they do a remarkable job of entertaining themselves. I want to keep this going as I don’t plan to spend more than 4 hours a day actually “schooling”.
That already seems like a lot, but in addition, I’m hoping to add a weekly activity related to History, Geography, Music, Science, or Nature. <— Please insert prayer hand emojis….
My development method for all this stemmed largely from reading the book A Well Trained Mind. The concepts of how to naturally engage and talk to your kids about everyday life and then to transfer that into an education made a lot of sense to me. It jives with how I’d been raising the kids up until now. However, I did want to stretch and grow us a bit. So I’m looking to incorporate a bit of the Charlotte Mason methodologies into our day.
I’m trying to hang with a MOPS group on and off to get some out-of-the-house time and I’m hoping to network with other homeschooling families. We’re joining a Charlotte Mason type group called Wild + Free for group outdoor activities. But that’s about it! The rest is all set to be a grand adventure as I have no earthly idea how it will go. Lest I project false confidence here.
Anybody else? What are your homeschool goals? What are you using? Are you as clearly well prepared and confident as I am? (Jokes, folks.)