My daughter has these intense interests that she becomes obsessed with. For example, this is year 2 going on an intense interest in all things Health related: Doctors, Dentists, Veterinarians, hospitals, labs, EVERYTHING. I think is partly because I have had health problems lately but that is beside the point.
Anyways, I'm homeschooling her, she's 5 years old this month. She missed the cutoff for K because of a late bday.
I had a plan for homeschool this year that loosely followed TWTM timeline for history and science. Except she is harldy interested in the history at ALL. She will do the science glady, of which the first module is Animals (we don't get to the human body till spring).
ALL she wants to do is health/human body stuff. Should I just throw out my timeline and go with the flow? She also does math (Miquon) and handwriting (HWOT) every school day. She does Time4learning too (1st-2nd grade) (for Language Arts/math). On T4L she has already completed through 2nd grade science so she is already out of that. I have Usborne Encyclopedia of Animals, a set of childrens encyclopedias that she loves to read (she reads by herself on a 3-4th grade level). Yesterday at the library, after exhausting the childrens section on Health, she raided the adult section and brought home Barron's Essential Atlas of Anatomy, DK How the Body works, and a Emergency Preparedness and First Aid handbook complete with DVD that she wants to watch.. Ummmmmm........I'm not even sure it's appropriate for her, it would probably give her nightmares, I need to preview this first obviously. But these are examples of what I'm working with here.
Technically this year I don't even have to keep records for her homeschool because she is only turning 5 this school year, but I really wanted to get in the habit of doing school and keeping records for myself (because next year we are moving to a highly regulated state-Maryland, and I will HAVE to do it).
So my question is how do I best meet her needs for homeschooling? I do realize it's not necessary for a 5 year old to learn about ancient cultures yet (TWTM timeline). But I really wanted something to help me be organized this year and TWTM really fit that bill. I like that for every year they have an outline of topics to be covered.
She is all over the place so buying a box curriculum isn't going to work plus I've already purchased stuff for this school year and I'm not buying anything else.
Edited: up till now we've mostly been unschooly and this year she and I both wanted to add more structure and lessons into our homeschool. I liked how TWTM seemed to cover pretty much everything as far as history and science go in an organized manner. How else will I know what to cover? life science first? or earth science? recent history first? or ancient? etc. etc. etc.
For the last 5 years that's what we did. And I do realize we're talking about a 5 year old here, but she has intense needs for information (and some need for structure too, she's always telling me what "time" it is to do something-It's not time to eat yet, it's time to play, it's time to go to bed, it's time to get dressed). hence why I'm posting this in the gifted forum. Letting her NOT do bookwork/reading/school work is OUT of the question. She demands this stuff. The other day for fun on a Sunday (non school day) she asked me to write out math problems for her and to quiz her about life cycles :)
ETA: from one of my posts:
Edited by marimara - 9/13/11 at 12:03pm