MamaJenn for her free printables we're using for the latter two).
In my quest to make school "fun" I stole my S-I-L's idea to get everyone spelling with Scrabble Cheez-Its during snack time.
So my thoughts after our first week of My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures?
Um, wow. This is a rigorous course. I'm not used to doing Social Studies and Science on the same days. I know I don't have to follow the schedule and that I can block it out and I may do that. When I was doing my own planning, I only planned one of these subjects per day and sometime each unit we did was solely social studies or solely science. I don't think it's too much work, but it is definitely a step up. I appreciate the notebooking and the hands on projects and that I have everything I need at my fingertips. Because our days are longer, I've decided to tackle the three Rs first thing in the day, and then get into our core studies afterward. The kids need to be as fresh as possible for math and all the other necessities.
This is going to be a very important year for us, I feel. I think it is going to set the stage for more independence in learning as reading, writing, and study skills mature. I'm expecting now that it's going to be tough at times. The house will not be Better Homes and Gardens quality for a long long time. I'm not going to be able to give them something to do and walk away all that often. I may not have a lot of time for other pursuits. I say all this, thinking I didn't anyway, but realizing afresh that these kiddos really, really need me.
And I would rather do one thing that amounts to something than do everything that amounts to nothing.
These kids are really something :)