So the school year is fast approaching and I finally have things almost all together. I know my lesson plans may get thrown out after the first few days like they always do, but I have to plan and organize. Actually, planning for my son’s school has awakened a sleeping part of me. I used to teach 7th grade life science and loved it. I haven’t taught since I had the child that I will be currently homeschooling. It has been 12 years. Sigh…It is like riding a bike, and I forgot how much I love teaching. Although the last time I formally taught, I only had to lesson plan 1 subject, now I am doing every subject like elementary teachers. My hats off to all of you!!
So the task of planning became overwhelming to me. I didn’t know where to start and how to go about it. So I did what every good planner does. I wrote a mission statement for my school and then made goals that I wanted my son to achieve during the school year. At the time I didn’t know just how valuable it would be. You can read my Mission Statement and goals. I’m kind of nervous to share because now it is out there!! I would love valuable input if you have any. Anyhow, I am proud of my mission statement and goals for him.
Once I had the goals written and I received some feedback from friends and teachers, I started to plan how we were going to achieve each goal (daily lesson planning). Everything I choose to do in a day must be directed toward our goals or the activity does not serve a purpose. It made it remarkably easy to lesson plan. Last Saturday, I wrote out and planned the first month of school. I carefully selected assignments that I think would be best for him.
Here are the textbooks I have selected for our 6th grade year: Saxon Math 7/6, Easy Grammar 6, All Ye Lands, The Classical Historian The Socratic Discussion in History, Take A Stand! Ancient Civilizations, Spectrum Vocabulary Grade 6, Spectrum Spelling Grade 6, Spectrum Science Grade 6, Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe, YouCAT, and novels (starting with A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck. Do you have a suggestion? Let me know).
We hired a Spanish Tutor/Teacher (since my husband and I don’t speak) who will meet with him once a week to speak Spanish, pray the rosary , go over his Journal writing , and over see his research of Art History all in Spanish. (Side note, my son has been in a special school where he was taught Spanish and English since kindergarten. He is technically bilingual and biliterate)
I plan on using typing web.com to teach him to type.
We are using a music program that is geared toward homeschool students to teach him keyboarding and continue his violin skills (orangecoastmuscialarts.org). For $300 he can take both for the ENTIRE school year.
I signed him up through our city for an acrylic art class for $25. It’s only 6 weeks so we will have to find another class for him later on.
Like I said I have been very busy!! I can’t wait for Sept. 9th!! My first day back to teaching!! Pray for me to have an equally enthusiastic pupil!! I will be praying for your homeschool’s too!