It was around April of this year that I felt the tiny nudge. Just a tiny one. I ignored it at first. Then I said, "um there is no way that is happening." I remember telling Josh the
All that being said, I'm sure you may have some questions about all that has transpired. Here are just a few that come to mind:
1. Do we have something against public school?
Nope. I would actually love to go back to teaching some day, and I know some very incredible teachers in the public school system. These teachers love and care for the kids the best way that they can, and they attempt to provide the best education that they can despite the constant new regulations, etc. from the state.
2. Is this forever? Is it for both kids?
We don't know. We are simply taking this one day at a time. Next year God may lead us in a completely different direction, and we are ok with that.
3. Will your kids end up wearing "homeschool jeans" and being socially awkward?
This one makes me laugh because I have to be honest. We totally had this misconception too. For a long time. Until we had friends that home schooled that did not fit this silly stereotype! Then we moved to CO and met MORE awesome kids that were "normal." So perhaps it is just a bit of a stereotype just like anything else. We also have some great programs here for home schooled children. Amaya will attend a one day a week program offered through the public school for free. She gets to spend all day with her Kindergarten class learning new things and spending time with other children. Our Classical Conversations community also meets one half day a week, and she is enrolled in soccer and a swim class. As far as her being social. She's got that one down. We aren't concerned about that one at all.
That being said, here is a glimpse at what our curriculum looks like this year:
Math: Saxon Math 1
Phonics/Reading/Spelling: First Steps Books, All about Spelling, Copy Work, Explode the Code (seriously love these), lap books to begin the year. This girl LOVES to read. She has spoiled me in this area. She'll know words I have never taught her. I'm excited to see where she at the end of this year! Of course this is also my favorite so it is very easy to be exited about.
Writing: For now we are doing our own prompts that integrate with the reading work and doing copy work.
History: Classical Conversations + added materials from various resources. Our first week we are learning about Christopher Columbus.
Geography: Classical Conversations this year focuses on The United States! I'm a little excited about starting with learning the states and capitals.
Science: Classical Conversations this year focuses on Anatomy.
Music: CC facts + piano
P.E.: Soccer and Swim
Little Man will be attending his first year of preschool this year and is very excited. I''m not sure I'll be able to hold back the tears as he walks in with his new Spiderman backpack, but I know he will love it.
Here we go!