So, how is homeschooling going for everyone so far this year?
AnnetteMarie, I have specifically been wondering how things are going for you? I can't remember if this is the thread, oh no, it was one about Waldorf homeschooling with lots of kids, I think. Anyway, wondering how it was going for you and how your pregnancy is going.
We had a bit of a bumpy start to our year, but now it is going pretty fabulously. It IS hard, at least for me, with lots of kids though. And, I feel like we are definitely more Waldorf-inspired than pure Waldorf these days.
I've got a 3rd grader and a 6yo Kindergartener this year, as well as a 3yo and a 1yo, and it is hard (for me) to keep them all happy and getting what they need.
I am loving Little Acorn Learning monthly guides for my littler ones, including Lilah, my Kindergartner. It makes planning much MUCH easier.
I am finding that Lilah wants more though. She says things like "Mama, that's not school, that's singing and cooking and art." She loves it, but she wants more. She is dying to read, and often tries to follow along with Noah's lessons.
I am seriously considering buying her some 'Explode the Code' books and teaching her to read. I know she would love it. I am torn. Noah went to public school for Kindy and learned to read there, so I never had to make this decision for him. Still thinking....
Noah is loving 3rd grade so far. We are doing all the main themes of a Waldorf 3rd grade while also using some more traditional/classical resources for language arts and math. We started with a lot of form drawing, which he loves and woodworking, which was a lot of fun. He/we built a workbench. He really enjoyed it, but I must admit that I was hoping that he would fall in love with woodworking, and, while he did really enjoy it, it hasn't quite turned into a hobby.
We're using Singapore math, Writing With Ease and First Language Lessons, and, so far, we both really like them all. I had kind of resisted moving away from Waldorf, but now that I have, I feel a huge relief. Also, I'm "assigning" him books from Sonlight's reading lists. He LOVES to read, but left to his own devices he would (and does) re-read Harry Potter over, and over, and over again. He has enjoyed all of the books I've assigned so far, so that's good.
I'm really looking forward to starting a Native American block in a few weeks. I think it will be a lot of fun for us all.
It IS tough to fit it all into one day though. We haven't done any music yet, and I'm feeling a little bit stressed/guilty about that.
So that is my, very long-winded, update. I'm looking forward to hearing about what all of the rest of you are up to this fall!