Or at least, it’s begun again. Now that I’m no longer pregnant (I know, it’s a miracle!) I’m working with the girls again and it feels so good. I’m hoping and praying that I never again have to be in a wheel chair.
Our little homeschool group has had a couple of meetings, and I’m so thankful to have met the other mom. “M” is a great mother, and has been a wonderful fast friend. I can’t wait for our husbands to meet, so I’ll be cleaning this place up and planning a bbq soon. If anyone is interested in reading about our group antics, the group website is here: http://homeschoolblogger.com/rootsnshoots/
My homeschool plans are a bit ambitious, and I’m giving myself lots of room to discard anything that I find too cumbersome, or that just doesn’t work out well for our family. However, the girls are so enamored with their time learning that they never want to stop, even to allow me to nurse the baby. I’m sure that everything I try with them they’ll just love, at least in the beginning. So for now, this is what I’m planning:
Before Five In A Row
We’re starting next week with Ask Mr. Bear. I’m adding some of the activities I’ve found on Homeschool Share, and elsewhere online. I’m looking forward to just snuggling for part of our homeschool day, reading a good book and discussing the story. I think I’ve been trying to plan all these different activities, and sometimes what we really need is a good snuggle. I know that Moyra especially will enjoy this. She loves stories and seems to have an endless attention span when you’re reading to her.
This is the program I’m going to be using for phonics, at least to start. Mostly because it’s free and looks very easy to implement and practical. I think that it will work well for us. I’m pretty creative myself, and so far have loved putting materials together for them so I’m not at all worried about doing a little work to prepare for them. They’re overly familiar with the letter A because I seem to start homeschooling and get about a week in when I realize that I’m pregnant or have some other interference. This time though, we’ll get to B – I Promise!
Song School Latin
Haydn and I both took Latin in high school, and I’m certain that it was instrumental to my studies. I’m looking forward to teaching the girls. Bonus – “M” and her family will be learning along with us!
I’ll be working on practical home participation, including cleaning up, hygiene, pouring and serving and basic manners and consideration. As a mommy we work on this daily without needing special tools or curriculum, but I did get a few gadgets to help me out. I purchased a child sized pitcher for pouring, child sized garden tools with a garden apron, wooden cutting board with knife and fruits/vegis. The girls also have their kitchen set and we play with that daily. I’m going to be releasing my inner paranoia and work more with the girls in the kitchen. For some reason, I’m a bit uptight and haven’t spent enough time letting them get covered in flour and cookie dough. Its time!
I think that one of the many common myths about homeschooling is that all families choosing this lifestyle are Christian. While most are, there are those of us in the minority that are not. Our family is a beautiful mixture of Christian (eldest daughter), Unitarian (me), Pagan (eldest son) and Agnostic (husband). My husband and I have decided to raise our daughters in the Unitarian Universalist path, so they’ll be receiving Christian, Pagan/Earth Centered and Buddhist teachings as they homeschool. There is a Unitarian church in Pueblo, and although its a long drive I’m really hoping to attend soon! As far as spiritual educational materials are concerned, we’ll be using the bible verses recommended in the FIAR curriculum, Circle Round and Celebrating The Great Mother. I’m also ordering some wonderful Buddhist children’s books from Amazon, and I’ll share those titles with you all when they arrive.