You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:7 NKJV
This is our second year home-schooling. Our first year was trial and error and I would love to say this year is better, but it’s not. We are changing things every week and trying different routines. Isaac has started first grade this year and Luke is in pre-kindergarten. We are currently in our fifth week and have many ups and downs. Over-all I am enjoying the blessing of seeing my children grow and learn. Home-schooling isn’t easy and it takes diligence and lots of patience. Let me share our choices in curriculum:
Bible – Calvary Curriculum http://tinyurl.com/mkmsqxk
English – Logic of English http://www.logicofenglish.com/foundations
Math – Life of Fred http://lifeoffredmath.com/lof-elementary.php
Classical Conversations – Foundations http://tinyurl.com/798jbyb
We absolutely believe in a classical education model. We began with Classical Conversation because it focuses on what my children do best; observe and soak in information. My children memorize a lot and they practice observing through books and nature studies. I will admit I am not an artsy person and we could incorporate more crafts and projects than we do (goal for future). We chose Logic of English because it does a fantastic job laying out the foundations of our language and the logic behind it. My boys are learning cursive, memorizing spelling rules, and learning basic grammar. Math is probably the hardest subject for me to engage in with my children. We started out with Saxon math and I just couldn’t enjoy teaching the lessons. We then switched to Life of Fred in which my boys love. They love his adventures, his ridiculous life, and learning math right along with him. It is not structured in a lesson format but does have questions at the end of each chapter to review. I look at each chapter and build my lessons around it. This is sometimes not an easy task but we enjoy the lessons none the less. Currently we are working through our version of the shortened Catechism for kids and also memorizing Psalm 119.
So we are very busy this year!