August 27, 2013
Well a week has passed and we seem to still be on the right track! Her quiz scores are still good, and daddy has been very active in teaching the lessons. I had to bring her to work one day, and a lady on the elevator says “Oh, when do you start school?” And my litttle munchkin blurted out “I’m Homeschooled!!” She was beaming as she said it. I cringed and smiled. Although, it’s not a secret, I just don’t feel like trying to explain to anyone at my job of how I can juggle both my full time career and teaching my child. Heck this is why I am sharing this blog with you all AFTER the fact. 🙂 [I decided to share now b/c this blog would be 10000 pages long by the end of the year…LOL]
September 9, 2013
It’s actually going good. My husband’s schedule finally shifted, so he is more hands on with this entire process. I am able to pin point where she has difficulty in a certain subject, and instead of moving on, we stick with it. We print off worksheets, and assist her until she gets it. The other day she got a 75% on her history quiz and she was very upset. But I used this as a great teaching opportunity to show her how to prepare for a test. We are working on highlighting important text, and using that to study. I always hated studying, so I feel her angst.
September 11, 2013
Today was an emotional rollercoaster. It ended with my daughter screaming that she felt like she wasn’t smart. She blurted out something about pretending to understand what “matter” was, when she went over that module in science. It was a complete meltdown, but it made me sad that she felt she wasn’t smart. For a brief second I questioned our decision to homeschool, and then I realized that she was simply having a moment. We all have moments. It got pretty ugly, her outburst, and I had to send her to her room. When dad came home, he went up and talked to her. She came down and we talked and it all worked out. Crisis averted, but it did shed some light on a few issues. I won’t delve into those now, but I see what additional work we need to do.
October 3, 2013
Well, we have learned A LOT over the last month. I came to the conclusion that I didn’t HAVE To follow the curriculum step by step. I could alter it the way I see fit. And so I have. I find that the energy unit in Science is a bit difficult, so I had the luxury of focusing on making sure she understood it. We spent an additional week learning about energy. Including doing projects and watching videos. We are finally finishing up on our Ancient Civilization unit, and will follow up with a trip to the museum (whenever the shutdown ends). Tonight we will make a traditional Inca dish (which will probably involve quinoa). She’s very excited about preparing the meal.
Next week the syllabus calls for history on the “discovery” of America. Bleh! We instead will be working on an African history unit. I am really excited about the work we will do in that unit, as we explore the continent of Africa!! I plan on devoting an entire month to the unit and add a bit of more black history throughout the remainder of the year. AWESOMENESS!!
She’s also involved in a few homeschool activities with other students. One Friday a month, she meets with other homeschooled children at the nature center close to our home. They spend 2 hours learning different things, and walking around the park in search of plant life, marine life and other things. She really enjoys it. She is also part of an online book club. These children meet twice a month via Google+ video chat, and discuss the book they are reading for the month. She loves it!! I really wish there was another group activity that I could place her in. I tried starting a meet up for stay at home mothers in my area, but I kept getting members with kids 3 & 4 years old. **side eye**
The hunt is on. LOL!!
Below are some pictures from the year thus far! I am excited and eager to update you at the end of our semester which will be some time in December.
Please feel free to comment on what you have read, and if you have any suggestions or questions, I’d love to hear them. Thanks!!