Checking in and re-intro
Hi...I am sure I've done an intro in the past, but a while ago:
I'm Chandra, mom to 8 yo dd and 5 yo ds. We began hs'ing while we were living in India a year and a half ago. Now, we're back in the states and keeping at it. We are eclectic, child-led and unschoolish but sometimes parent-led (my kids ask for that and my dd is way into "school-y" things at the moment). We're doing kindy and third grade if I have to label it...We were totally unschooled all summer and are starting back up with the rest this Tuesday.
In the past, we used Oak Meadow as our backbone (very loosely) and inspiration. We slowly worked on the kindy OM last year when my ds wanted to "do school" like his sister but ultimately, he was bored by the "letter of the week" approach. We will continue to use the kindy (and 2nd grade) OM for project ideas and reading fairy tales but again, loosely (even more so than last year...more as a resource). We did a similar approach w/the 2nd grade OM, which my dd loved when we did it.
My kids LOVE history and we will continue working w/ History Odyssey Level 1 ancients. We take a long time with each section...reading extra books, making up our own projects and the kids incorporate the history into their imaginative play...it's awesome.
Friends gave us the Moving Beyond the Page 7-9 curriculum, so we will use some of those units (DD reads at a 6th grade level and is a serious book worm). I think DD will like this one...though we will probably keep the Main Lesson book from OM idea and do the work in those, rather than on the MBTP worksheets. Also Mad Libs and we occasionally work from "Primary Language Lessons"
Right Start math for dd.
"Games for math" and collected math games for DS. I have Right Start Level A but I don't think he's ready for that structure...
Science: Loads of books!! We tried NOEO science (biology 1)last year and were kind of bored with it... There is nothing wrong with the curriculum...it just wasn't a pull, so we skipped alot of it. I do like the book selection, though.
We are going to do the nature studies from handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com and my kids want to learn more about animals (dd wants to be a vet) and the solar system... Our big purchase was the Brock Magiscope and it is SO great...the kids have had it outside every single day since it arrived last week, studying all kinds of things.
We're going to learn about Darwin, this year. And DS is big into dinosaurs. We'll also do a monthly program at a local nature center with other holistic eclectic and unschoolers we are in a group with.
We love art around here and we're going to try the Artistic Pursuits curriculum, one day a week. DD studied art with an artist friend of ours in India last year and she really misses learning about different works of art and art techniques.
DD and I did French together last year until a french expat we knew offered to teach her and her pal french. We will pick our together studies back up and include ds as he wishes.
DS is excited about being a real "kindy" this year! I picked up some new story books, a basic lego set, we made new playdough and art supplies. He loves building with his plank blocks. And he is proud that this is "his" school stuff as he mostly just followed us along last year when he felt like it. He likes Reading Eggs on line and is beginning to sound out certain letter sounds...we have the BOB books and he started the "Get Ready, Get Set and Go" for the Code workbooks this summer and loves to work on those at the moment.
We loaded up on games at a sale this summer and plan to have game day every Friday
: (or a field trip) That's also our normal "Chew and View" night with homemade pizza...so we are all looking forward to our Fridays!
DS is doing community soccer this fall and DD a year long ballet/tap performing arts program (the homeschool dance classes didn't fill enough
but she's sort of okay with it, because she decided she wants to be in the end of year recital). We are limiting signing up for lots of longer term classes and joining in when we feel like it with a variety of one-day offerings that pop up around here.
Gosh, I just re-read my post and it sounds like a lot...but that's how we roll
We work with what works and toss the rest as we go along. Another influence on our year will be the fact the my Dad (Grandad to the kids) is dying from liver cancer. People keep insisting that I should put the kids back in school because it would be "easier" for me but I think that's nuts...the rhythm of being with my kids and working together is very grounding and we can take any breaks we need, when we need them plus, DD and DS can spend as much time with my Dad as they wish without messing up anyone's attendance records!!
anyway...great thread...it's so fun to read about what everyone is doing
mama to G(8) and O(5)