Apr 28, 2011

Homeschool Highlights: The Flood of 2011

This has been an interesting two weeks. This is one of those times in our life that we will not soon forget. We, here in Missouri, have had our share of rain, storms, floods, and tornadoes through the years, but this last week and a half has just about topped it all. In our little town, we accumulated around a foot of rain. Many other towns around us had lots more. The rivers, canals, ditches, and ground are soaked and flooding over.

Apr 4, 2011

6 Weeks of School Left

As a mom, I always feel excited that the school year is coming to an end. As a teacher, there's that brief moment of panic that rears it ugly head. Have we covered everything we could have? Have we covered everything we should have? Have I missed something important? Will my 4th grader remember what he learned next year? Will we make it through our curriculum, or at least the important parts? 

When I really get to thinking about those questions, I realize there's no way I can give the right answer to all of them. The important thing I need to ask is: Did I teach the curriculum or the child? I realize that all of my current curriculum was chosen with his interests and needs in mind. I have prayed, prepared, recorded, reenacted, demonstrated, displayed, and many other verbs throughout the year, and I feel good about that. The last 6 weeks, we will hit the major areas, and throw in lots of review. Here our some things we will focus on:

1. Math: multiplying fractions, graphs, decimals, equations, intro to Geometry
2. Bible: continue with memorization and Bible journal
3. Spelling: continue in Abeka
4. Reading: curriculum is done; find more fun units to do
5. LA: adverbs, prepositions
6. Science: finish Chemistry
7. History: finish the Mystery of History...working toward the resurrection

Every moment of every day is a learning/teaching opportunity.

What's your plan for the rest of the school year?