There are fortunately a lot of home-school groups here in the area and even some different coop groups. With the help of some friends we trust we decided to go with a classical christian conversation model. We will meet once a week in a classroom setting and school from home the other days. At first I was a little nervous about all of this (well I still am) but am growing more and more excited. I am most excited because no one knows my kids better then we do! We know where they are in their learning capabilities, what their strengths are, and what their weaknesses are. We know the best way to teach them and know how to hold their attention. We also know what we want to instill in them, and what character we want to grow in them. So we're off... tomorrow will be our "first day" at home school. We plan to do school for 3 hours a day. I feel that is plenty of time for a 4 and 2 year old. We have made a list of the basic ideas of what we want them to learn -
Bible - memorize verses, old testament stories, sin and salvation, worship, prayer
Math - Counting to 100, basic adding and subtracting, tell time, understand date, money
Handwriting - write legibly, write basic words, and full alphabet and numbers
Reading - read very simple stories and words
Science - weather, (and other fun science stuff)
Geography - continents, states, countries, bodies of water
History - Will basically follow the classical conversation info in this department ;)
Personal - etiquette, fruits of the spirit, home making skills, hygiene
Computer - a little navigation and possibly typing skills
Letters - sounds
Worship and Prayer
Oh and Todd says Potty Training (I think that goes in Hygiene)
These lists may seem silly or far fetched, we don't really know. We just sat down as a couple, talked about our kids, and talked about what we thought they could and should learn over the next year based on where they are now... So who knows what will happen! But we are excited to share it with you all!
We are even blessed enough to have an area in our basement that will be our home school area. I have been able to set it up a little and hope to expand on it more. I know our family is a family that thrives on daily structure (most the time) so I want our homeschooling to be very similar to school structure! Here is sneak peek at what we have so far -
sidenote - yep that's still our Dossier checklist taking up half the chalkboard wall but it will be gone soon! Our homestudy list is gone ;) only two items remain so I felt good erasing it!
All in all I am very excited to start our new adventure tomorrow - and on that note I am off to bed!!!
Prayers and Blessings - Dawn