It is very hot and humid now, not as hot as last year, thankfully, and I do not want to complain about the mosquitoes since the fact that they are here means that it has rained, but, well, they are everywhere, in swarms, at all hours. So it makes sense to spend these dog days of summer indoors, getting some work done.
This morning at 6:40am I was awakened by Melva, already fully dressed (she even brushed her hair), and for a moment I thought we were off to a good start. But, she was holding the cat and waking me up to tell me that the cat caught a rabbit. I did not believe her, since a rabbit is way to big for our cat, and sent her outside to go and look for the rabbit. She found him cowering next to the house. He was fully grown, but injured, (not by our cat, but I guess that is why he could chase it), exhausted and very stressed.
|Our class journal, dictated by Jean and written by me.|
Recently Ginny's children rescued an opossum, so in a way I had some experience in these matters and knew what to do - I phoned the Wildlife Rescue Center. We were welcome to drop our rabbit off any time between 9am and 4pm.
This on the day that I decided to stick to my schedule for once in my life. I decided to finish Bible, Math and a bit of Language Arts before the first break at 10am, and then head out during the break, hoping to be back before the end of the second period after break (11:30am). We made it back by 11:27.
And so the year has started. I wanted to make a little list of what we are doing, since some may wonder and I might be a bit more accountable if I write down what I am planning. This is not all that we will do, but it is the core:
Melva (11, 6th grade):
- The Art of Problem Solving (math) and Alcumus
- Writing with Structure and Style (Level B) by the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)
- Fix-It! (grammar)
- Singapore Math, 3A
- Institute for Excellence in Writing: PAL-R and PAL-W (I am still trying to find his level, he reads at his grade level but writing is still very hard.)
- All About Spelling
- Latin: Artes Latinae (Computer based program, teaches classical Latin)
- Real Science for Kids: Level I Chemistry
- Story of the World (History)
- Westminster Catechism
I try to involve the twins in as much as possible, and we all do the Linguistics through Poetry Memorization (also from IEW), but most of the time they just play. They know their letters, shapes and colors, I try to get them to color and draw but they are really not that interested at the moment.
For a while now we have had very strict screen time rules: Only two screen days a week: Tuesday and Thursday, and only after 3pm on those days. Over the weekend we are more lenient. Their favorite show is on Netflix: Myth Busters. I have difficulty teaching them anything new in science; they have seen every single episode. Melva wants to restore old cars one day, so she loves to watch Wheeler Dealers, and they both love Top Gear. As a bonus, it ensures that their more British sense of humor remains intact. (I am saying that tongue-in-cheek, dear Americans!) The twins love Battle 360. I know, it is not aimed a 4 year old audience, but they need material to re-enact with their own army men and whatever they can turn into battleships and carriers...
I hope that this year I can write more about what we do. Our decision to homeschool was a lifestyle choice. Melva was in a Classical Christian School, it was not that we were not happy with what they taught. We just thought she could learn all that and more at home, in a shorter time. We would then also be free to visit family during the school year. I am not a homeschooling advocate, but I do think it is a very fulfilling occupation and not as difficult as many might think. Jean's visual impairment (he has Achromatopsia and his best corrected vision is 20/200) was also a motivator, but even if he had perfect vision, I would have preferred to teach them at home.