Well, it’s that time of year again. Everyone who has children begins to think about the coming school year. This is especially true for home-schoolers. It has occurred to me that my schoolroom became the catch-all through the summer months, and I only have 2 or 3 weeks before we start back to lessons. I don’t even have my curriculum lined up yet! Part of that is the money needed for what I wanted to do since we need a roof and a moisture issue dealt with, but part of it is that I’m scared to order the curriculum at such a high cost and find out we didn’t like it.
I also wonder how in the world I am going to keep up with home, yard, garden, canning, and educating all at once. There is a lot of pressure out there to fit in 8 hours of hard, devoted study/schooling every day. I just don’t fit that mold, and it doesn’t set well in my mind, even if I know it’s okay in the long run. My kids know how to practically apply what they learn, which is one of the most important things I can teach them. So, I’m sitting here running over my educational goals, comparing them to last year, and revising them for this year.
Here is what I considered important last year:
- I wanted to complete math books
- I wanted daily grammar and reading lessons
- we had to sit from 8-12 doing school
Okay, so I didn’t complete any of that. Never-the-less, the kids are about right on grade level, at least in most areas, and exceeding expectations in others, with only a couple of lagging spots, so this years goals are a bit more defined and yet loose.
- We need to restart JJ in his math book (he just wasn’t getting it last year, so we reverted to simpler concepts)
- Jameson needs to improve his reading and re-telling skills
- Reinforce Jameson’s math and complete last years course (he was ahead in this area, until we hit fractions, lol!)
- JJ needs to be reading by sounding out words and able to read on at least a level 3 by year-end
- Incorporate daily writing and grammar
- Expose the boys to as much fun science and history and art as possible though trips, reading, and hands-on experience
Sounds huge, but it’s doable, and more flexible than last year. We will still have structured lesson time, but I’m thinking of organizing it different. I may wait until it gets cold and then order the other lessons I wanted and use them in the winter months when it’s to wet and cold to be outside. I am still very undecided on that. The balance is the hard part. With all the work and teaching, there is very little time for me to be a fun person, both to my husband, and my kids. I have a bit of work to figure it all out as our studies require more time and attention the older the boys get, but I will. I still think the most important thing I can teach them is to problem solve, have good moral character, and apply what they learn in their lives. If we succeed in that, then I feel we have done the best.