this isn't going to turn into a homeschool blog. so i am going to just insert photos from a day at balboa park. which, ethan kept meshing with boba fett. at first on accident, and then to be funny. the child has been obsessed with star wars lately. bal-boba fett park
if we talked at all last year, you probably noticed my twitching eye as i listed off my certain dilemmas surrounding school choices. in the end, i felt like we would be best served to have ethan do a year of homeschool that was affiliated with a charter school that had a twice weekly learning center class. the bonus: charter schools are free. the dilemma: charter schools won't enroll you until you are actually a resident. annnnd we just moved here. and now we are on the waiting list.
this is where i ask you to pray for a miracle. i'm being serious. :) like, there are 8 in a class. in july, he was number 8 on the wait list. ugh.
anyway, sister has a precious pre-school that begins after labor day. and brother and i have already begun to work. and because i can't do anything the easy way, i cherry picked my curriculum from several different publishers.
so, for the curious, this is what we are attempting to do. i don't dare post my daily schedule. it will be short lived this way. once pre-school begins and the learning center starts up (i am being hopeful here) things will change.
first language lessons, level 1
writing with ease, level 1
ordinary parents guide to teaching reading
all about spelling, level 1
right start mathematics, level a
five in a row, volume 1
wordly wise, level k
story of the world, volume 1: ancient times
telling god's story, year 1
little pim spanish dvds
handwriting without tears
singapore math worksheets
explode the code worksheets
for science, we are talking about dinosaurs and then also utilizing the zoo, safari park, tide pools, the museum here, and the aquarium. no formal program. occasionally, there are science application in five in a row as well.
i am only posting this because some people have asked about it... i am fully aware that some people will disagree. and some people will think i am downright insane.
it won't be the first time.
but i spent hours upon hours reading, researching, and thinking about what would serve ethan the best for his learning strengths, weaknesses and enjoyment.
do you remember the feeling you had as a new mom, or a mom to be, when you realized just how vast the baby product world is? that there is an entire long aisle devoted to bottles and nipples. that they are all different and special and "the best" at whatever? well. that is like the homeschool world. vast. horrifyingly complex. chock full of opinions and passion. different styles. some pitted against each other like the middle east religions. i am serious.
anyway, if you want, i can occasionally update this space with the homeschool stuff.
because we are homeschoolers now. i would have sworn with all my soul that those words would never be uttered by me. and now look at us.
and don't these pictures make you want to go to balboa park? i mean. enchanting. we watched the free outdoor organ concert, watched caterpillars eat and hang and emerge from their cocoons as butterflies, and hiked amongst giant palm trees. and climbed trees with dad. and enjoyed the koi. i could go on and on...