Monday, August 23, 2010
My Homeschool Plan for 2010/2011
My oldest child, Josh is not a reader. He hates school. Part of that was my fault. I pushed him to hard because I wanted him to be on track. I let the Standardized tests (or the fear of failing the Standardized test) rule me. I squelched the love of learning right out of him.
This year, I am going to come to a screeching halt with this kid! I am going to stop any type of phonics and grammar and just get this child reading. We are going to read, read and read some more! I am going to require him to read at least one book, five days a week to his younger siblings. I'll strategically do this when I am working with Jessica on her phonics and reading. Then I'm going to work on reading comprehension. He will read something and then answer a few questions. He will be required to read one chapter a day from his kid's version of "Robinson Crusoe" and then 20 minutes of silent reading (this will be any book he wants to read). I'm going to take him to the library more and let him pick out his own books.
The other thing that has to change is me spreading myself to thin in the mornings. I want to home school from 9:00 until 11:30. Normally, that is including corrections. I'm going to resist (torture for me) correcting their papers until the afternoon. This will give me more time to work with Andrew, who is starting Kindergarten this year. After the corrections are done, I will call them all back to the table to finish their work. They are used to having the afternoons free, so this will be an adjustment to everyone.
For spelling, right now we are writing out the Ten Commandments, Mon, Wed, and Friday. For example; 1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not misuse my name.
Social Studies and History are going to be happening on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Math is every day.
I'm not buying one thing this year in regards to curriculum. I am determined to use what I have and be content with that. I haven't even looked at a home school catalogue and it feels really good! I have submitted my home school to God and I know that He will continue to bless it.