Let the homeschool year begin! (finally!)
I FINALLY received all of the supplies I need to start this year’s homeschooling. As a recap to an earlier introduction, we do not homeschool our middle school daughter, Kaylee. She is a dynamic leader, and as much as we’ve prayed over it, hoping for the word to keep her home and isolate her from all that’s out there in the world, it isn’t what we received. She is very very smart and isn’t afraid to stand up for something she believes in (in fact, last year, a teacher finally told her to quit debating the theory of evolution and just memorize the correct answers for the test – which she did and under protest aced.) She witnesses for Christ continually, often brings friends to church and church functions, and is a shining light for all that is good and decent in the world. So, we do A LOT of home study in preparation for what she’ll learn from outside sources, both in the classroom and in the halls of the school, and pray for a covering over her as she leaves the house each day.
But a tiny portion of the mommy in me wants to scream, “NO!” to God and keep her with me, protected and sheltered. I know – I’m working on it.
The boys, however, don’t have to go face the demons yet. At 3 and 1, they’re just homeschooled with me. I kept it simple last year. I had a newborn baby and a broken tailbone and a husband who worked out of town, so the less I had to do, the better. Somehow, Scott made it through the year knowing all of his ABC’s; counting to 20; numerous shapes; all sorts of animals, birds, insects, reptiles, dinosaurs; an introduction to the solar system; and the fine art of mixing colors to create new colors. I’m sure he’s behind a lot of children his age, but that’s okay. He’s a brilliant child, so he’ll catch up.
This year, I’ve decided to use prepared curriculum. I’ve been prayerfully watching and waiting for the one that would just pop out at me. Looking through our favorite online resource for all things faith based (Christianbooks.com), I found exactly what I was looking for!
It’s by the Answers in Genesis people (The Creation Museum) and it’s called Answers for Preschoolers. This curriculum is designed for preschoolers or homeschoolers. It’s versatile enough to be used both ways. It came with a resource pack (we get to make calendars every month – I LOVE changing colors and shapes and themes as the months change so this is very exciting to me), sing songs with the CD that came, do some in-depth Bible study, art projects, outdoor projects – math, social studies, science! I am SO excited! I got the last of the curriculum today, and will start teaching on Monday. (This week was not good for me – the baby is QUITE sick, which obviously wasn’t planned, and I have to bake and decorate a wedding cake AND a groom’s cake by Thursday.)
I’m a sucker for all things organization, and this not only comes with a recommended schedule for either whole days or half days, it even comes with a weekly supplies list. I don’t even have to dig through it and figure out what I’m going to need and risk forgetting something. Nope – it’s all very clearly spelled out for me.
I can hardly wait until Monday!
Do you homeschool? What kinds of curriculum do you use? How do you schedule your day?
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You said “Scott made it through the year knowing all of his ABC’s; counting to 20; numerous shapes; all sorts of animals, birds, insects, reptiles, dinosaurs; an introduction to the solar system; and the fine art of mixing colors to create new colors.”
Sweetie…that’s not behind!!! I need to send Cameron over to your house. We’ve just recently learned to count to 11.
You go Mama!!!!!!!!!!!
i was thinking it didn’t sound like he was behind either! i don’t have a set curriculum for avery yet, but im starting to do more things with him now. I am intrigued by this curriculum esp since it seems more of my faith vs. my husband’s faith and my kids miss out on mine b/c well I can’t sit through 2 services/masses. I may just have to look into it!
Hallee, I didn’t know you were homeschooling the younger guys. Is this something you plan to continue. I’ve never heard of that curriculum, which surprises me because I have researched so much and because we have some friends who are volunteer Answers in Genesis consultants. It sounds like a great curriculum. Would you mind sharing with me how you like it? Abbey is 3 1/2 and right now we’re basically just doing educational games and puzzles with some cheapie workbooks thrown in, but I’d love to have a more organized curriculum for her. She knows all of her letters and short vowel and consonant sounds. She can count to 16-ish on her own and higher if I count with her (she skips some numbers after 16). By the way, if you are planning to continue homeschooling the boys, we do a curriculum with Elijah called My Father’s World. We really love it!
Good luck on your endeavor. No, I don’t see Scott as being behind either and Kaylee is an inspiration to me and I’m sure, to her fellow classmates at school.
Xavi still doesn’t know ABC’s, he knows some of them but not all of them and not in order. He knows random numbers but not in order. Shoot, he is just now starting to talk (the dr. said as long as he has at least 100 words by now he’d be fine, and he is so we’re not too far behind). What other stuff are you using? I’m homeschooling Xavi, here soon, he’s 2 1/2 and wants to start so…
Jessica: thank you so much. That’s a comfort to know. I’ve assumed he was starting off behind the other 3-year-olds!
Heather: it’s an awesome curriculum. I can’t stop looking through the materials.
Khara: I don’t know if we’ll continue homeschooling or put them in school. It’s kind of up in the air now. They’ll probably go to school. I’ve heard really good things of My Father’s World. If it were up to me, my books would all be best sellers and we’d travel the world homeschooling then come home for the spring and summer and garden. LOL
Dina: Thank you! She’s an inspiration for me, too. :)
Phronsie: Last year, I used, very loosely, letteroftheweek.com. It’s an awesome curriculum.
Hallee! He is SO NOT BEHIND! I wish all the 3 year olds that came to my school knew all that stuff! (When I was teaching that is…)
I plan to homeschool our kids as well, so please keep us updated on how you like that curriculum. I’m going to be going to the Christian Homeschool Conference that happens every year in July near me next year, so hopefully, I’ll have some more information under my belt before that happens!
Behind my butt! LOL! He is definitely not behind. Nolan doesn’t know half that stuff. ;-)
It’s good to know that he’s not behind. I just assumed he was because he is 3 and has never had a structured learning environment until we walked into our new church and he started Sunday School four weeks ago. I’m pleased to know that we accomplished so much last year despite my attitude about it all. :)
Hallee…Scott is a brilliant child born to brilliant parents. He is not behind (he’s probably so far ahead of soooo many children his age, Kyle can’t count past 15 without help most days and the color mixing…FORGET IT!!! and I’m sure there are so many other things little Mr. Scott can do)…at this age anyway I don’t think that kids are behind it’s just what they get exposed to and what they are interested in….I’m sure like Kyle, Scott knows his way around a kitchen and a whole host of other things your exposing him to in your ‘unstructured’ (yah right) curriculum :) I’m excited to see what you think of this curriculum…we too used the letter of the week last year but it’s hard when I’m only home 3 days a week :)