Thursday, March 1, 2018

Our Plans for Homeschool - Kindergarten (Term 1, 2018)


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Before I Begin

Can I just share with you that I have no idea what I am doing? Truly 😲

Even though I have been reading, and reading, and reading about everything homeschool for the past three years...

...have scoured through every possible curriculum that sparked an interest and changed my mind on as many as I have read...

...and have thought so much about why we are doing this and what I hope our homeschool life will look like...

...In reality, I just have no idea. I am just beginning and really am just leaning on the Lord to guide us, change our direction, reveal His will for these children of His.

"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." Proverbs 16:9

So even though these are my "plans" (and even then, I hold that term so loosely), and I believe God has directed me to come up with these goals for our kids, I know so well that we won't do this all, nor in the order or way I have written. Perhaps it will all go according to plan! But I am holding these ideas with an open hand because, like I said, I have no idea what I am doing.

You Homeschooling Mamas Rock, Thank You!

That being said, in my preparation for this year (our first homeschooling year), I have found the posts of other blogger homeschooling mothers on curriculum and how they plan their days so incredibly helpful. In fact, blogging homeschooling mothers are a blessing. I love the internet!

I can't imagine what it was like when no-one else homeschooled, and if they did, they lived in a different state or country so, the day-by-day and year-by-year mother's were doing this totally on their own...(Well, physically on their own, God had their backs). I can't imagine how hard that would have been.

So cheers to you, pioneer homeschooling mum's.

And, thank you, blogging homeschooling mum's - for sharing your lives, plans, failures, and successes. You pave the way for the rest of us!

The Philosophy Shaping Our Plans

If you have followed my blog for some length of time, you will know that out of all the home educating philosophies out there, the one that is most dear to my heart is the Charlotte Mason method.
The Charlotte Mason method really is very beautiful and to me, offers such a rich, well-rounded education for children that will spark their excitement for the world God has made, as well as feed them intelligent, worthy, and nourishing ideas and ideals.
A good summary is here and I found this one implementing CM for preschool years the best here. (There is also more on my Pinterest board for CM.)

That being said, I won't be a Charlotte Mason-purist. If I ever get that way, it will be far down the track.

Baby steps.

And the four main baby CM steps I am relying on in these early years are these:

1. Living Books
2. A Feast of Ideas (both planned and interest-led)
3. Nature Rich
4. Rooted in Faith-Based Resources

Briefly, we will use an enormous amount of books. Twaddle-free books (that is, not dumbed-down textbooks or stories), but living books - stories that bring history, a person's life, or a topic alive and breathing. In this way, the knowledge that our children will be growing on will be rich and meaty.

We will also offer them many subject forms, as Charlotte Mason said to give them a vast array. Their learning will really be feast-like. Putting them in touch with nature and God's creation will be a priority, both in getting into it and helping them observe it.

Tying this all up to deep stakes in their soul's will be putting them in touch with Him who made them and Whom they belong to - by His Word, by His World, by His Will.

This is the goal of my heart and hands for these two children.




Curriculum Plans

So what are we doing this term? 😀

Core:

Language Arts: Reading Eggs and Reading Eggs supplement workbooks
Handwriting: Copywork
Math: Math For a Living Education Level 1
Lots of pre-readers, picture books, read alouds (eg. Beatrix Potter)

Faith:

Memory Verse: "Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture." Psalm 100:3
Bible: Reading through this children's Bible book
Theology: Leading Little Ones to God
Hymn: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"

Enrichments:

Science: Sonlight K (not all, very basic implementation)
Geography/History: Interest-led (so far, really into the Titanic and World War II)
Artist Study: Claude Monet
Rhymes: Goosey Goosey Gander, Humpty Dumpty
Nature Study: Walks and journaling
Swimming lessons

I think in a few weeks I will write a post on how our mornings go and what we do with each of the parts. I'm very happy with what we are doing, I am still working out the how. We definitely do a lot of things with our Morning Basket (best explanation here), and I see that as our core time together before we move on to one-on-one time. Maybe I will write a post on our Morning Basket since we spend so much time each morning on it.

So here are our plans for this term. What are some things you are doing for your homeschool this term? Do you have a favourite?

6 comments:

  1. We are in a huge transition stage around here and while I have always been really structured this year as called for a lot of grace and changes. So for us we are using lots of books for an American Revolution study, Rod and Staff for Bible, Story of the World for History and Time4Learning for the rest. It is also going to take us a bit longer than it normally does to finish the year, but I am ok with that. I have no clue what next year will hold for us!
    Welcome to the adventure of homeschooling! :)
    Thanks for linking up with #LiveLifeWell

    Blessings,

    Amy

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    1. Amy, thank you so much for commenting on so many of my posts - you are just so lovely! <3 I think that is what I love so much about homeschooling, that it is so flexible and can offer so much grace to a family when LIFE happens.

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    2. Oh my gosh, isn't it wonderful! I do not know what I would have done if we would have had to change schools along with everything else! lol. I love the flexibility that homeschooling offers! :)

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  2. Those early years of homeschooling...**SIGH**...I really wish I could go back and tell myself many things...like take it easy. Don't be hard on myself. Don't do so many workbooks. Have more fun. A lot more fun. Actually, I just published my book, Confidence Building Secrets to Becoming More Successful in your Homeschool, to encourage moms in their journey. I've worked with homeschool families for over 14 years and so all of that knowledge has been poured into that book. Just have lots of fun with your littles. Find out their passions - what they love. And do that with them. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.

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    1. Aimee, thank you so much for your wisdom - I will definitely have a look at your book :D

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  3. I just picked up a sample, Aimee, for my kindle! Can not wait to check it out! :)

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