We are already on week 4 of our 2014-15 school year, and so far things are going extremely well. First of all, I’ve rearranged the school room – AGAIN. In fact, it’s moved to an entirely different room.
This room was formerly the playroom. I had been pondering for some time whether it might not work well for a school room. It has lots of windows, and we just love natural light when we’re trying to work. Actually we love natural light all the time!
As far as curriculum, I’m very happy with what I decided on. Logan and Carrie are using Switched-On Schoolhouse again, but this time just for Language Arts, Math, and Science. They are using Seton for History and Religion, Carrie is using Handwriting Without Tears, and for Literature, I prepared a list of books I thought we ought to read together, and I am reading a chapter to them every day or so. Our first book is Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, which was one of my favorite books as a child. I hope they will love it as much as I do.
Kayla’s curriculum is LIFEPAC for Language Arts, History & Geography, Math, and Science; Seton for Religion, Handwriting Without Tears for Handwriting. We started reading Little House in the Big Woods for Literature, but it was a bit advanced for her, so we will come back to it maybe later in the year, maybe next year. For now I’ve decided just to include her when I read Maria’s stories.
Maria is next. I went with Sonlight’s preschool 3-4 year old curriculum. So basically we are reading lots of stories. I also signed her up for a gym class to give her a chance to work on gross motor skills, some introductory sports activities, and also listening skills. She is also being exposed to the idea that other adults besides Mom and Dad can be in charge. She’s had two classes so far and is doing very well.
We have other activities as well – piano for Logan, American Heritage Girls for Carrie and Kayla, and I’d like to find another sewing class for Carrie, who is just beginning but is already quite talented. Kayla has expressed an interest in tumbling/gymnastics, so we might give that a try.
Yes, life is busy, but so far this year is going infinitely better than last year, when I was so sick at this point that I could barely move, much less teach the kids and cart them around to all their activities! I am really enjoying spending this time with them.