That is, apparently, what homeschooling will involve for us. (Curious, isn’t it, that my pre-homeschooling life involved pretty much the same thing?)
So today we will spend an hour or so, and tomorrow we will spend an hour or so, and Friday we will spend an hour or so clearing out the boys’ room to make room for the accoutrements of learning. Also so we can see their floor again. Right now it’s just gross.
We need to pack up a bunch of toys and books and art stuff, oh my, and put them in a semi-annual rotation. "Look, kids! New toys!" Ha ha ha ha ha.
I’ve had a couple questions about our (un-) curriculum. This is what we’ll be using so far:
- Five in a Row (literature study with extensions into history, geography, science, art, etc.) for the basis of Rhys’ study, and possibly Fisher’s too.
- For history, the Oxford First History of the Ancient World as a "spine" for our study, supplemented heavily by library books of all stripes. We’re focusing on prehistory through the Roman Empire all year.
- For science… well, this is where Mama gets to make it up as she goes along. (Whee!) First we’ll do a unit on evolution and prehistoric animals; then we’ll do the human body, with hominid evolution tying the two together.
- For math: Math-U-See, the exciting blocks-based system (Rhys: "Did somebody say ‘blocks?’ ") for Concept Mastery. Also a bunch of fun stuff out of Family Math, plus real-life experience in trips to the grocery store, budgeting allowance, etc., etc. Hell, maybe we can teach them to do our taxes. Somebody needs to do them.
- For music: I think they’ll both start piano lessons; other than that, just lots and lots (and lots and lots) of listening to and talking about all kinds of music. Today, frex, we established that Fisher’s favorite bands are The Pixies, The White Stripes and Talking Heads. (Rhys: "Mine too.") Also listened to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem (which, amazingly enough, doesn’t suck) and talked about the Catholic Mass and why ALW wrote the songs in Latin; then we marched around the house to the thunderous beat of "Dies Irae… Rex Tremendae."
- For art: somehow I don’t think covering that will be a problem (she said, unsticking a gob of Crayola Model Magic from her desk chair).
So that’s that… now off to box up stray Rescue Hero paraphernelia.
(And BTW… if I were to teach an online scrapbook journaling class, or write a book about journaling… would you take it/buy it? Just wunnerin’.)