Our Homeschooling Year.
We started our first week of homeschooling on Monday the 31st of August.
Shew. It has been a rough few days trying to get the kids back into a routine of actually doing something. Of course I have all kinds of wonderful expectations and fantasies of how each day will go. Days filled with cheerfulness and glorious learning! Curiosity filled kids, bright sunshine…
Annnnd then there’s reality.
A screaming toddler creating havoc on purpose to get attention.
A whining five year old who is having trouble learning that the world doesn’t revolve around her, and that she needs to control her emotions.
A nine year old who thinks she already knows everything.
Check, check, check, check…adds up to a great day, right?
I wanted to RIP. MY. HAIR. OUT.
I am so burned out after our summer of moving and Igor. I’m having trouble just getting dressed in the morning. It’s not depression, it’s just something like extreme exhaustion. I need a beach vacation to reset, and I need a week of being waited on hand and foot. No chores, no fighting kids, no responsibilities.
That will never happen. Even one night of full sleep will never happen.
I try not to fixate on all of this wishful thinking. It only leads to frustration and disappointment.
Luckily yesterday, Wednesday, was a bit smoother and the kids were more receptive and interested in learning. Today both girls have done math, and Ada did some reading and phonics work while Rosie read a book to herself.
We’ve managed to get the week’s Latin lesson fully accomplished, and the girls are working on memorizing our homeschool’s motto and rules.
I have other things I’m planning on adding into our curriculum for Rosie. We’re going to be doing more reading from Ambleside Online’s Year 4. I’m still working on planning out that part of our curriculum though. I haven’t had a spare second to work on it!
I see no harm in slowly easing into the school year, anyway. As much as I just want to start out and have a perfect day right off the bat we all know that will not realistically happen. Life is messy and imperfect. I’m working on accepting that.
It’s a very scary balancing act–doing the regular chores, raising the kids, and accomplishing the best learning ever. ;) I think it will take me years to perfect it, if it ever happens. Though I have to say each year that goes by it’s getting easier to balance schooling and chores, even with adding on Ada in kindergarten and a terrifying toddler Henry.
Here’s some of what Rosie is going to be doing for the fall term in 4th grade:
Science: Focusing on flying creatures, a Christian curriculum, but yes I also teach her about evolution.
Nature Study: Nature walks outside, one plant a week water color painted with notes in her notebook)
Reading science books including Madam How and Lady Why, The Story Book of Science
Poetry: Yeats, Tennyson,
Bible: The New Testament, starting with studying fruits of the spirit
History: Ancient history starting with the Romans in Story of the World
A Child’s History of Architecture
US History starting at the beginning of This Country of Ours
Math: Since there is so much struggle here we’re re-doing 3rd grade concepts first
Latin: Latina Christiana Level 1
Literature: Unabridged classics starting with Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Black Beauty, Pollyanna, The Secret Garden, The Railway Children, Robinson Crusoe, and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Short story read alouds by Washington Irving–Paul Revere’s Ride, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle
We’re also studying Da Vinci’s art and observation notebooks this year, which is pretty fascinating. Rule of thirds is probably one of the most amazing things I have ever learned and I can’t wait to explain it to Rosie.
I’m going to add in some geography also. We never finished reading Tree in the Trail last year, so we will squeeze in the completion of that. Minn of the Mississippi also by Holling is up next on the agenda. I saw a really neat idea for how to teach geography by making your own maps, so we may try that at some point during the year. Maybe in the dead of winter…
We’re also doing monthly field trips to the zoo for their homeschooler classes. If I can ever gather up enough spare cash I want to get a membership to COSI also. It’s a great science/children’s musuem. I need to check into their classes.
We’ve also got some cool class offerings at various local parks to attend. One coming up next week is creeking.
For kindergarten Ada is focusing on learning basic math and reading. She already has a good start, but we’re purposefully hammering home the foundations of math and phonics now and making sure there are no gaps. She’s learning handwriting too, but she’s a perfectionist so I’m not pushing it really hard. We also read lots of good quality children’s books. For example we’re reading the original Winnie the Pooh stories. She goes on nature walks with Rosie too. I love kindergarten. Such a fun age!
I constantly worry that Rosie isn’t learning enough, but recently I helped my neighbor with her homework. She’s in 4th grade. It was like what Rosie would have done in first grade. I was shocked. So I feel a little better about things now, haha.