Tuesday, August 4, 2009

homeschool teacher ... Here We Go Again

The school year has officially begun! All three kids have their school supplies, Larry and I have our first week's curriculum, and the pencils have started moving.

After Day One, I can tell you things are starting off much better than last year, as the strict rules of a tight schedule and purchased curriculum are out the window. I guess you could say we're "unschooling", using teachable moments as they come, but I don't know if I would agree. We just didn't buy a curriculum this year. We're using the Swank Method.

I am much more comfortable this year, as Larry seems to be also. He teaches from 9:00 til noon, including math, Bible, art and music. I teach from 1:00 to 4:00 in English, science, history and geography.

Our first day outlined below:

Larry taught the kids using a math drills program on his iPhone. They listened to a child reading from the New Testament for Bible time and he gave them their verse for the week. Larry also taught the kids proper breathing for singing and we all sang 'Little Light of Mine'.

I started with reading for an hour from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. The kids learned their quote of the week, spoken by Abraham Lincoln. I talked to them about the Civil War for a while and we studied a huge map of the battles I have. We then moved on to spelling words (Brianna and Connor) and learning the letter A (Erin).

There was a slight interruption when we discovered the pencil sharpener was not going to work so I ran out to Wal-Mart to acquire a new one. Overall, there were only a few tears and at dinner everyone said things were good.

Let's pray that every day can go this well.

Now playing: Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
via FoxyTunes

1 comment:

Beth said...

Wow, you're making ME want to come to your classes! I'm liking the approach you guys are taking. I'm glad day one went so well!