It never fails. I get so excited to start a new school year. This year was no different. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. I skipped my workout just so we wouldn’t fall behind schedule on the first day. (That will happen on day 2!) I got everything ready so our day would run as smooth as possible. I feel like it’s Christmas morning.
This is my eighteenth year homeschooling and I still LOVE it. I love new books, new lesson plans, new goals and a new beginning. I love my time with my kids. My homeschool “classroom” is my kitchen table and the only child around it this year is Tristyn. I love my one-on-one time with her.
Tristyn is going into the eight grade. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone but I thank the Lord it is for us. I only have 5 more years with Tristyn and I’m embracing each day! It can be challenging to cover every subject, but I look at homeschooling as teaching my kids to be life-long learners. I don’t want to just cram information down their throats, but I want them embrace learning. I want them to love learning. We aren’t all gifted Mathematicians, Spellers, etc….but we all have a gift. I want to help Tristyn find her gifts in addition to teaching her what she needs to know to prepare her for college. Above all, I want her to love the Lord, love truth, and love His word. I want her to look at the world through the eyes of Christ.
Here’s what we are doing this year:
History, Geography, Language Arts and Bible: Sonlight’s American History Core 100 – This is the core of our curriculum. This is an excerpt from the website, “Move chronologically to discover fascinating empires before Columbus. See why Benedict Arnold became a traitor. Meet the founding fathers who dared to create a Constitution that has become the model for countries around the world. Walk with courageous Sacajawea as she navigates the adventure of a lifetime. Survive WWII with a Japanese-American family in a California internment camp. See the daily struggles of normal African Americans who courageously changed history through the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Core 100 takes you deeper into the complex fabric of American society. Meet Americans who lived such different lives: former slaves who established a new town in Canada, teenagers who fought in the Civil War, miners who searched for gold in the Idaho Territory, Chinese immigrants who tunneled through mountains, Irish immigrants who survived the Great Depression and more.”
Math: Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra
Science: Apologia Earth Science
Writing: Format Writing (co-op class)
Foreign Language: Latin 1 (Bob Jones)
P.E.: Volleyball 🙂
We will also focus on Current Events and my favorite…Homemaking (which I believe is a lost art.) Tristyn will learn to plan a menu, grocery shop and cook entire meals (just to name a few.) She’s actually an excellent baker and does most of the baking around the house right now. Once volleyball season is over, we also plan to volunteer in the community.
We couldn’t have first day of school pictures without a picture of Toby, could we? 🙂
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