Homeschool parents, teachers, and wise friends, offer your advice, questions, comments and suggestions. Please? I’d like to draw from knowledge beyond my own in creating our plan for 3rd grade.
Our first year of being a homeschool family is fast approaching.
It’s the middle of August.
Holy cow! How did that happen?!
Well, the good news is that the most chaotic part of our year (as far as we know) is past. Now we can take a deep breath and look ahead and make our plans.
Sweet Hippie Daughter has always learned from Saxon Math textbooks at school, so we’ll go with Saxon Homeschool Math to give some continuity to the one subject that I really think can’t be properly taught (by me) without a traditional textbook.
Her head is going to explode like a firework if she gets any more excited about joining the band! If anyone has a spare double french horn lying around, we’re on the lookout for a decent used instrument since new ones run approximately the same price as a 1969 Corvette.
We have about 984 field trips planned to every fun, interesting and educational place we’ve always wanted to visit but have never had the time to go to. There are 2 hands on museums, an amazing art museum, a world-class zoo, 2 huge botanical gardens, a state park, a fossil park (where you can dig for fossils and get them with nearly every scoop of your shovel), several libraries and bookstores, a history museum, a museum of natural history, a planetarium and more all within an hour’s drive!
Drive a smidge further and we can get to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the Chicago Field Museum, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Henry Ford Village, Sauder’s Museum and countless other extraordinary places.
A nearby university offers a wonderful theater class for children that we’ve participated in for the past 2 years and we are looking forward to continuing that.
Since the rover just landed on Mars and there is a unique opportunity to see a meteor shower coming up in just a few days we are going to start out our science studies with learning about space from every cool book we can get our hands on at the local library. SHD wants to build a telescope. I think that’s a great project! I’m excited to do it too!
The girl has been asking for archery lessons for 2 years. There’s no time like the present!
That means theater, band, archery, and Wednesday evening church will be our scheduled activities. I think that’s all I’m willing to commit to at this point. Not to mention it’s probably all we can afford.
She wants blogging to be part of her studies. I can see some ways to make that work.
She wants cooking to be part of her curriculum. I am all over that.
I’d like to plan for the 1st six weeks – that’s how long a school report-card period is, so I chose it because…. because…. well…. just because. At that point I figure we can evaluate what we’re doing, how well we like it, how well she’s learning, what we need to add, subtract, change, etc.
I know we’re going to do copy-work… Bible verses and famous quotes (“A penny saved is a penny earned.” That sort of thing).
We’ll do lots of reading. I plan to have her read on her own each day, but also for me (or her daddy) to read to her while she works on projects like puzzles or sewing. I’ve read that allowing a student’s hands to be busy while they listen to the story helps their brains stay engaged.
She has a special journal that she will write in most days. I figure some days she can be creative, others she can “report” and sometimes I’ll have her write about something specific.
And that’s as far as we’ve gotten.
So… what else would you suggest? Is this too laid-back of an approach for the beginning? Is it too much? Should I evaluate more often? Should I use more textbooks? What advice do you wish you’d known before you started? What questions am I NOT asking that I should be?