Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Research into Homeschooling

Deuteronomy 6:7-9

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

I know I've said this before (like 7 months ago) that I need to make this blog much more regular.  I've been getting nudges from the Holy Spirit into my spirit.  But because of the person I am, I procrastinate horribly.  Let's see if I can do any better going forward.

My son (whom I often refer to as my Monster) is in K4 preschool this year.  This preschool is an extension of the church to which my family belongs.  Next year he will be starting kindergarten.  My husband and I have agreed that public schools are not the right choice for our son.  We calculated, to the best of our ability, that if we were to start the Monster in kindergarten next year in the school that is affiliated with our church that it would require our entire tax return check and we would still have to shell out additional money for uniforms and supplies.  And so this has led me to research homeschooling. 

I've had to look up the types of things kids learn in kindergarten.  I researched homeschooling laws in my state.  I'm researching teaching methods.  I will need to research curriculum or determine what I would need to put together my own.  So far I have come up with the following subjects that I would like to work on with him (subject to change, of course):

Reading ~ He is already reading at a 1st grade level.
Spelling/Vocabulary ~ He already knows the spelling words I found for kindergarten, so I may need to use 1st grade level words.
Handwriting ~ One can tell what he is writing most of the time, but many of the letters are backwards.
Math ~ He can count like nobody's business, and can recognize and write his numbers, but still has much to learn.
Physical Education ~ This will probably be playground play.  Nothing formal or organized yet.
Social Studies ~ Although I have a few vague ideas where to begin, I need to put some thought into this one.
Science ~ I expect this one will be a lot of nature walks and library books.
A Second Language ~  I'm thinking probably Spanish, because that would be most practical for where we live.  I may lay this one firmly on my husband's shoulders since he already speaks the language.  (Love ya, Hunny :D )
Bible ~ When I was 5 years old my parents gave me 'The Illustrated Children's Bible' for Christmas.  It has 103 stories from the Bible, all scripturally accurate.  I would probably use this as my textbook for this course and see if I can find free worksheets and coloring pages online. 
Art ~ At this age, this one should be easy.
Music ~ I wonder if blasting Country or Worship music would cover this category?  Probably not.  I'll have to put some thought and effort into this one since music is not my strength.

This is going to be as much of a learning experience for me as it is for him.  Thankfully, I have some time to get at least some of my ducks in a row.  From what I have read on some of the homeschooling blogs, it isn't necessary to plan my curriculum for the entire school year before I start teaching him, only to plan ahead a little bit at a time. I expect this next year is going to fly by entirely too quickly.

Are any of you homeschoolers?  Do you have any wisdom that can be gleaned by beginners?  I would love to hear any suggestions that you may have to offer.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.