Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Kickin' Off the Homeschool Year....Early


Yesterday was our first official day of homeschool. Even though public school doesn't even begin until August 9th, the girls were ready to get back to a regular routine. We don't buy expensive curriculums to use and we don't imitate the public school system.
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Math: They like math workbook pages or I print out math worksheets online for free. We also use online math games, baking and shopping.
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Spelling: We use The Natural Speller for spelling lists, but you can also find free spelling lists here.
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Copywork: We copy poetry, favorite passages from books, Bible verses, and write letters to family/friends. This also helps their handwriting.
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Science/History: We read lots of living books - biographies, fiction, and non-fiction. We also keep a Nature Journal (art, science, handwriting).
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Art: We are currently using Draw*Write*Now, but there are many free resources online, including how-to videos by Jan Brett. I try to keep a variety of art supplies on hand for them to use.
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Home Ec: Learning to take care of a home according to their ages and abilities. Learning how to bake and cook.
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Handicrafts: Making jewelry, painting, simple cross-stitch, gardening, etc.
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Music Appreciation: Listening to various genres of music during lunch time, making musical instruments available to them.
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Bible: Read or listen to 1 chapter each day.
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That's about it. We don't spend hours each day "doing school" and it doesn't have to cost a fortune either. Children are constantly learning whether they realize it or not! It is so fun to see them make connections on their own and to be able to have time to pursue their interests!

1 comment:

Ann said...

How fun that you homeschool your kids. If I could do something over I might try that but back when John started school in the 80's homeschooling wasn't talked much about. There are many homeschooled kids at our church. Congraulations to you!