Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ready to Get Started!

So it's really no secret that I've always wanted to homeschool ALL of my children.  The hubs really didn't like the idea of pulling Addison out of her advanced Math and Engineering school.  And honestly, I was not totally confident in my abilities as a teacher to keep up with her.  She's very bright.  Very.  And Lindsay - well, he had mixed feelings about not allowing her to attend Kindergarten, which would undoubtedly be a lot of fun for our little socialite. 

But over the past 2 years of homeschooling Trey, I've gained the confidence I needed and I approached my husband again about homeschooling Addison and Lindsay.  I couldn't believe my ears when he said, "Do it!"  I was so excited!  Since I had already purchased Trey's curriculum for next year, I went and bought duplicates for Addison.  She's 13 months younger than Trey, and would be in 4th grade next year in public school.  But that school works at least 1 year (sometimes 2 years) ahead than other public schools.  So she's totally ready for 5th grade.  So I've decided to put them in the same grade, and teach them together!!  Lindsay will be moving to Kindergarten a year early.  A good friend of mine (a Kindergarten teacher) urged me a couple of years ago to just let her be little while she still can.  "Don't rush things," she said.  Well, that was 2 years ago, and she had just turned 3.  I was trying to push a Kindergarten curriculum on her way too early.  She wanted to play school with us, but she wasn't really interested in DOING school.  Ya know?  So I decided to let her go play.  For Pre-K, I did some stuff with her, but I mostly let her call the shots.  When she wanted to learn, I would teach her.  When she wanted to play, I would play with her. 

But that was last year, when I was only seriously homeschooling one child.  My schedule was more relaxed because Trey was able to work more independently for a lot of subjects.  But this year, I'm going to have 2 in 5th grade, and I really want Lindsay to have a little more structure in her day.  So I've designed a daily schedule that will allow us all to have group time, independent time, and one-on-one time with Mom.  :)  I am really excited.  Take a look and see what you think.*A

I've been working diligently on my lesson plans all Summer.  I think I've finally got most of it done.  I still have some of my special classes to think about - like Cooking, and other fun stuff, but for the most part, all that's left to do is organize everything into my final lesson planning pages, and shop for supplies.