Miss me? It’s been a busy summer, but I’m back!
As most people who either know me or have been following my blogs for awhile know – we are not homeschoolers. We’re proud public schoolers who are lucky enough to have a great public school option full of dedicated teachers, opportunities and good community support. However, I don’t believe that I get to pack up my kid and forget about their education 180 days of the year. I still love more classical approaches to education like Charlotte Mason and general Classical education and I do wish I had a classical program to choose from locally, but you make do with what you have. I don’t believe any school is perfect, but I also don’t believe school is meant to stand on it’s own. School and home, in my mind, are symbiotic and one needs to support the other. I send my kids to get instruction in the basics – math, reading, writing, along with some music, art and physical exercise thrown in. If I want more for my kids, I need to work to provide it. After all – I’ve done the math; my kids will spend in a year: 6 months sleeping, 2 months at school and 4 months at home. There’s plenty of time to work in other experiences and subjects without over burdening them.
I’m not strict – my kids don’t come home to four more hours of course work at night. I just use other available resources to help guide our interests through the year. For instance, I really like the Classical approach to history so I use books compiled from various homeschool programs to guide our library selections. I appreciate Charlotte Mason’s “Living Book” philosophy and that guides my read aloud and audiobook selections. It’s not oppressive, it’s just intentional: intentional inspired learning.
This is a year I’ve been waiting for. My son is starting 1st grade which is when most classical programs really start introducing history, so I’ve already started bringing home library books about early civilizations.
Using various curriculums and book lists for inspiration this is what I’ve got my eye set on this year:
- Using various homeschool booklists to inspire our library selection – focusing on introducing early history (Egyptians, Rome, Greece, Celts, Vikings and hopefully find more on Asian, Pacific and early American history)
- Finally getting into the Story of the World Cd’s I bought last year (long story short we barely used them because the car we ended up using most often doesn’t have a cd player – our new van does though!) I’m also considering get it as a Kindle book to help us get through it too.
- Happy Times in Noisy Village
- Ramona Collection
- Little House on the Prarie Collection (we’ve already read Big Woods and Farmer Boy)
- Owls in the Family
- Homer Price
- Charlotte’s Web
- Star Wars workbooks: Since he’s reading chapter books I skipped the reading one, but got us Handwriting and Math Skills.
- Bedtime Math: okay, a big part of me feels this is ridiculously, but the kid loves these books so why not!
- He’s starting to gain my love of amature birding so I’m hoping to set up more feeders and keep tracking our spotting. It’s nice to have something to do together as a hobby. We use these cards to track our spots.
- I recently invested in a turntable so we can go through my old records and explore some new oldies. I saw on an Instagram post a little while ago about records being a fun way to do music, plus being so cheap in thrift stores to make in an affordable quirk.
That’s really it for now, even though it might seem like a lot it’s just supplements – things to do when he’s on a roll and things to have on hand if we struggle or need a little inspiration.