Monday, September 28, 2009

Amusing "Socializing" Article

In the Kolbe Little Home Journal (Fall 2005), there is a brief item called "Homeschooling Family Finds Ways to Adapt to a Public School 'Socialization' Program." Here it is: "When my wife and I mention we are strongly considering homeschooling our children, we are without fail asked, 'But what about socialization?' Fortunately, we found a way our kids can receive the same socialization that government schools provide. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I will personally corner my son in the bathroom, give him a wedgie and take his lunch money. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my wife will make sure to tease our children for not being in the 'in' crowd, taking special care to poke fun at any physical abnormalities. Fridays will be 'Fad and Peer Pressure Day.' We will all compete to see who has the coolest toys, the most expensive clothes, and the loudest, fastest, and most dangerous car. Every day, my wife and I will adhere to a routine of cursing and swearing in the hall and mentioning our weekend exploits with alcohol and immorality.... And we have asked them to report us to the authorities in the event we mention faith, religion, or try to bring up morals and values."

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Solar System

We were all laying in bed and Brianna pops up with the question "what are those bracelet things around some of the planets?" So, we are putting our ABC folder on hold long enough to explore the solar system and more specifically the rings. She has asked that we make a solar system model so we will be starting on that tomorrow as well.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ABC Animal Notebook

We started our ABC Animal Notebooks this past week. The first thing we did was make a cover page and copy a sentence that said "My ABC Animal Notebook". I then had them draw whatever animal they wanted to in the frame. Keira Drew an Alligator.

Brianna drew a horse.
We also cut out pictures of apples and water color painted ants. We read a story from CLP's Nature Reader 1 about ants, and talked about how ants lived in a colony, have 6 legs and 2 antenna. I had them copy a sentence on the paper "Ants live in a colony".
So what does a genius 1 year old do during school time? Read the Bob Books of course!

Friday, September 11, 2009

2009-2010 Molder School Year

Well we started the new year. Well actually it was 2 weeks ago, but we are really just now into the swing of things. Everything seems to be going great! Karl had the first of many "conversations" with a family member about why we are homeschooling, but he did well with his responses.

I guess I will start out by talking about what curriculum we have chosen this year. Brianna is kind of all over the place with grade level, which is one thing I LOVE about hs'ing! I can put her where she needs to be. So we are doing some k-5 math(ABEKA left over curriculum from mothers day out), 1st grade phonics (mainly review right now, LifePac/Explode the Code and some CLP for random practice work), reading, and then we do co-op 2 times a week and the sweet teacher up there works on random things. I love that we started a bit early as far as her age (she asked to). It has totally taken some pressure off of me. We go at a pace that is just right for her and I don't feel behind. Keira is working out of a bridge book. By this time Brianna was already doing school, but Keira needs the extra time. That's just fine with me. She is not as academic as Brianna and is definitely going to be alot more hands on with her learning. Again, something I love about hs'ing is the ability for me to taylor my children's education to their needs and even their desires!

We have a field trip to the Dallas Zoo on the 23rd and then to the Fort Worth Zoo on Oct 1st. We are also planning a group trip down to NASA with our co-op! I am very excited about that. We are actually going to do a big triangle and hit Houston, San Antonio and Austin! My older kids in the co-op are doing a Texas state notebook next 6 weeks so this is perfect!

We also started Artistic Pursuits. So loving it! I love having a real art curriculum. My kids get crafts and such at co-op so its nice to do some real art at home. It also has a bit of art history mingled in so that is a great bonus.

Well I think that is about it for now. Date night here so I am off to primp! Will post pictures soon!