As I've been reading the various homeschool blogs that I follow, I have noticed that a bunch of people out there are already looking, planning, and preparing their curriculum for next year. Since I am already ahead of the game in this endeavor it seems, we are simply extending our learning. What does that mean? Well, I'm simply moving things into our day that, normally, would have been started at the beginning of a "new school year." We aren't going to take the summer off, so I might as well just add into our day what I want to do. These new things are Spanish, music, art, grammar, and getting back into spelling (I got all frustrated and lazy with it, so spelling actually got put off to the side - then it got lost!). For Spanish, we aren't going to do anything very formal. I got some workbooks for The Monk to work through, so we are going to try that, you know, just to get his feet wet and have fun with getting some of the basics down. For music and art, I am using the curriculum that were created by one of the bloggers that I follow at Confessions of a Homeschooler. She has two great units on famous artists and composers, so we are going to make our way through those. For grammar, I actually broke down and bought a grammar curriculum, because, like I said in my last post, I hate teaching grammar and I figured that if I had a curriculum to follow, I might be confident in teaching it. And finally, for spelling, again, I broke down and bought an outlined program for it. I tried just doing it on my own, and like I said, I got all lazy with creating spelling lists and giving tests and practices and...just ugh. I figure I am already working hard enough, I don't need to reinvent the wheel when I know that, somewhere, it has already been created. Maybe, as I grow more confident in my homeschooling abilities, I'll be able to create my own curriculum and sell it...maybe. Right now, I'm just concentrating on getting The Monk to do his math work without having a fit and trying to get housework done while I'm at it.
How it all started...
I was a public school teacher for 6 years in a very urban middle school for both 7th and 8th grade. As the red-tape got thicker and teaching became more of a business rather than a place to prepare young minds to enter into the world, I decided that if I was going to work that hard to give an education to someone, it should be my own son. So, my adventures in homeschooling has begun.
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