So, I've been homeschooling for all of 2(ish) months. My dd was really behind in math (but doing great otherwise) and I felt terrible sending her into the 3rd grade to just continue getting further behind. I found Time4Learning, and it's been going really well for us. DD really enjoys the math and LA, but the science is really dry, and the social studies is only so-so, as far as keeping her attention goes.
So I picked up a couple of text books from a thrift store yesterday. They are new enough and seem like they'd really interest her, but upon further inspection (aka me looking them up on amazon), I realized the science book is probably for 2nd graders, and the social studies book is for 4 graders.
Again, she's in 3rd.
We started the science book today, and she really enjoyed it (other than me making her write out answers...she hates writing and has terrible writing...lefty! But being new and all, I'm always second guessing myself.
If we go on and do the lower level science book, and the upper level social studies book, am I totally messing up her chances of doing well on the stupid assessment she's going to have to take (we have an 18mo extension though, since I pulled her out in 3rd grade)? Or am I just over thinking everything?
I love the idea of kind of just studying what she's interested in. My initial thought was to just keep her doing T4L math and LA, and then just let her pick whatever she wants to learn about and figure out a way to make that tie into social studies, geography, etc. And then just do some science experiments at random.
I just want to keep this simple and uncomplicated...and FUN! For her...but me too ;)
And...reading blogs of homeschooling moms isn't as helpful as I thought it would be. Most of them are teaching their 3 year olds 20 subjects (including 3 foreign languages and instruments) and I am just looking for the bare minimum. Okay, slight exaggeration, but still.
So here is what I was thinking we'd do (so far...)
Daily: Math, LA, reading (she looooooves reading and does it for at least an hour), journaling (whatever, i just want her writing).
Monday - crazy PE with daddy, "personal" lessons (ie: my own diy curriculum on girls health, body image, dressing herself, etc. She's 8 but lacking some necessary skills...) (This is Dh's day off, so I'm keeping it lighter, as it's technically our wknd).
Tuesday - Science (some experiments take a few days, so we will probably do a little science here and there throughout the week as well)
Wednesday - Bean's Choice (Animals, usually. Right now it's snow leopards. I have a little curriculum, plus books and a documentary), Life skill (our first one is folding/laundry), PE (boring with mama, lol)
Thursday - Social Studies
Friday - Manners/Values/Character something or other (secular), Art & PE (not sure about an art curric yet, but I do have some ideas...)
Is this WAAAAY too laid back and unstructured? Am I gonna mess her up? Is anyone still reading this? If you are...thank you...I know you all have lives to get back to! Any advice is appreciated.
Last thing - In case the life skills and personal lessons seem odd - my dd has some issues and is a little behind, I'm to blame, I'm sure. Regardless, I think they are just as important for her to know as anything else, so yeah. There it is. I had something else...nope. I forgot.