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post #21 of 48
You could always send the Enki to me. :

j/k

So, what we're doing and why we're eclectic:

I have the Language, Math, and Geography Daily Review books by Evan Moor. I haven't quite decided what to do with them.

For Christian Ed, we're making a Main Lesson Book of Saints. We don't go into detail. I read a story, she copies the saint's name or a small phrase or prayer and draws a picture of her choice. We're also doing liturgical seasonal activities and creating a prayer book as an ongoing project. When Advent starts, we're going to make a liturgical calendar.

For math, we're doing a Waldorf-style MLB on the quality of numbers (one is the sun, the earth, myself; two is duality; three is the Trinity, etc) We're also doing Miquon math, but Waldoring it up with gnomes and treasur.

For language arts, I have First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. I like that it's tiny chunks and has memorization, copywork, and narration. I also have Language of God for Little Folks from CHC, but I don't know if we'll use it. I have their speller as well, and no intention to use it as of yet. Finally, for reading, I have The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading, because she wants to read and this seemed like a pretty gentle lesson. For handwriting, we're doing form drawing right now as well as some copywork. We're also making a birthday calendar, so I have a vision of a lot of handwriting being making cards and letters.

After lunch, we do a Unit Study/Main Lesson. Right now we're doing Fairy Tales, but instead of a traditional Waldorf main lesson book, we're making a "pocket book," sort of like a lapbook. Also, I just don't feel like she's ready to transition into some of the "deeper" Grimm's fairy tales, so we're starting off with The Gingerbread Man. Again, we're working form drawing and letters into this, but since she already knows her letters and how to write, I'm treating it a little more unit-studyish. We're reading various "Runaway Cookie" stories from around the world. I'm hoping to gently work in some science and social studies here.

For art, we do the typical Waldorf first grade handwork and seasonal craft. Phys Ed is ballet and yoga and running around. Music is woven through the day with songs and verses, plus I just started teaching her piano.

We do school 4 days a week with co-op every other Friday. Homeschool friends come over once a week for a cooking lesson/project. She's also in Brownies, Choir, Ballet, Church Basketball League, and Sunday School. Writing it out makes it seem crazier than it really is.

Nicholas is almost 4. We just do typical Waldorf nursery type stuff and use seasons of joy.

nak, sorry!
post #22 of 48
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AM - you actually made me feel like I wasn't trying to do too much when I read over your plan. I was thinking, wow, I'm trying to fit in everything, but I'm not the only one. And LOL on the Enki ... I have a feeling I will use it, and I also have a feeling I won't buy 2nd grade next year (I also don't think I'll end up buying OM 2nd grade, though that one is 1/2 the price of Enki, so I might still get it ... totally depends). And I will probably use pieces of it with the younger two boys as well ... but right now I was lamenting the money spent. So ... my goal this season is to figure out how to incorporate it better in the winter and spring.

Oh, and I love your MLB of saints. How cool!
post #23 of 48
Thanks! It's not deep like the Waldorf second grade saints block, but we really try to let the rhythm of the church year carry us, so saints days are important, and I didn't see the sense in ignoring them til second grade.

So, for St. Gregory, we looked at a painting and read about him in Sister Wendy's Saints book, listened to chant, and drew a picture. Nicholas thinks it's hilarious that he's St. Gregory the Great and has been insisting he's NIcholas the Great as well (but not a saint, LOL!)

ETA: And it's really not as much as it looks. We work from 9-10, from 11:30 -noon, and including read-aloud time (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) from 12:30-2:00.
post #24 of 48
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Yea, I'm realizing that all my plans really aren't the much either. When I used to teach elementary, I don't think I could have finished in one day what we do in a day, even with all the time in class. Here we can get through our OM story, draw/dictate for the MLB, do some handwriting and tracing practice, read a chapter from SOTW, start (and even finish) a short chapter book ... and that's even before lunch!

We tend to go from 10-11ish, 11:30-12, and then I try to get in more from about 1:30-3, depending on if it is a park day or not. I'm still playing with what subjects, when ... definitely language arts and math and it's looking like history each day; the afternoon block is read aloud, science/nature and foreign language I think. Somewhere in there will be arts/crafts ... the time blocks will be consistent, but I think it's going to take some time to figure out when I like doing different things. Plus, math right now is pretty non-existant (sp?). I want to work on number qualities this season kind of like Waldorf/OM/Enki ... Enki has stories designated for each number through 12, I think ... and that is probably where I'm going to pull in the Enki stories for Fall.

After the holidays though, when we start our winter "block", we will get more into math and start with the Singapore math, more indepth with the 4 processes, and such. And this week is kind of crammed because Monday was a holiday for us all (I was thinking of only doing 4 days a week, but I think we will need Fridays, especially with our Wednesday mornings usually taken by roller skating, and still needing to wait until we get ds#2's speech schedule).
post #25 of 48
i'm enjoying reading along here, especially Annette Marie and My Little Wonders. we are new this year to Enki, and while i really do like it, i'm just not sure that i am going to be comfortable just doing the Enki stuff. i really love the focus on rhythm and we already do a morning run/bike ride/stroller ride that will count as our "circle time" with some added sensory integration stuff at the end. today i read our first story to him and he loved it. he is so excited about homeschooling and just really wants to do more. i definitely plan on adding spanish for all of us, but i'm wondering what else he might enjoy. i bought explode the code and handwriting without tears but i'm afraid that doing those will screw up our enki future. i am so conflicted. :
post #26 of 48
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They (HWT and ETC), as well as reading The Well Trained Mind (not that I agree with her completely, but parts resonate with me), definitely screwed up our Enki future! But, it's all good I am finding. And actually just that above exchange with AM helped me see that there is purpose to the Enki materials. And, really, being eclectic is really, really fun! There aren't any rules!
post #27 of 48
Now, I must say I was not a HWT fan. I didn't like how the letters looked. I do have a handwriting book (A Reason for Handwriting) but I see it more as a support to the birthday card making thing.
post #28 of 48
I am subbing, I don't do well on these discussion posts (cant keep up) but I enjoy reading them. We are in our 3rd week, my kids slept in today, and when they got up they wanted to play school. I am not involved - they are interested in playng snacktime & naptime (my 6yo went to kindergarten for half a semester last year). At ten we'll pull out the math or reading or ccus (science/history/Bible) and work a little. We should be done before lunch.
post #29 of 48
Can I join in here? I'm probably classified as an unschooler at the moment, but that's mainly because I haven't figured out how to add more structured activities into our day! I'm really wanting to have something that we do for an hour or so each day. I've got a 6yo and a 3yo, so it limits some of the more complex projects we can do, as the 3yo just likes to grab everything and then my 6yo freaks out.

So, I'm reading the posts here looking for ideas.
post #30 of 48
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Welcome! My 3 year old thinks he's as big as his 6 year old brother ... I have to have things photocopied/printed out for him to "do" while I'm working with his brother. We haven't tried any projects yet though. I might save big things for the weekend when daddy is home! But, I have made a main lesson book for the 3 yo, and copy a few tracing activities from the Kumon books I bought for when ds#1 is working on printing.

Oops ... my time is up (they were watching Leap Frog while I got ready); off to do some school.
post #31 of 48
I don't know how much I've missed by not being on this thread for the past week, but today is our first "official" day of school. I spent most of the weekend getting DD1 and DS ready for school (actual get on the bus and go to the school building kind of school) and then the past 2 days working out various details with the schools (like why nobody seemed to know anything about the full scholarship the principal had promised us) but today they both started and everything seems to be OK, so now I can focus on DD2 during the day.

We bought some stuff for the hamster and then went to the grocery store, and briefly discussed plans for Rosh Hashonna (starting nex Wed night) and all the stuff we need to do before then. I need to get DD off of webkinz (at which point I'll get off MDC) and do some Hebrew together.
post #32 of 48
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How is everyone getting along? We have had a lot of interruptions but for the most part, I am okay with being "behind" in schedule. It is even silly sounding to me to type that out!

I do think I've come to terms with not wanting to use the Enki 1st grade curriculum I bought. I have really felt guilty about it because of the money involved. But it was turning into an internal struggle to try and figure out how to make it work. And honestly, if I wanted to keep to a more Waldorf-inspired experience, and use only the Oak Meadow and Enki, then there wouldn't be any problem. But I have discovered I am just much too eclectic for that. I love doing history a la The Well Trained Mind. I love using the Singapore math as a supplement. We are getting along with Handwriting without Tears ... and unfortunately, I just can't make the Enki work with everything else.

So, the goal is to still use the OM as the backbone. And for this fall term, we will go systematically through the alphabet along the pacing of OM, introducing the HWT materials as we go. Also, as we get to the various vowels, we will add those word families to our study (I bought a cool table-top pocket chart and a word family pocket chart pack).

I finally told dh I was conflicted about the Enki and how I couldn't see how to make it work this year. He was totally cool with it. So ... I think I will put those binders to one side of the bookcase and put in the front the things I do use and what works for us.
post #33 of 48
Gulp. There's a chance I might soon be homeschooling a third-grader as well. I don't even know where to start. Pray for me!
post #34 of 48
I need to catch up on reading this thread but thought i should join.My boys are 5 and 3. I'm not so sure we're Eclectic homeschoolers as much as Scattered homeschoolers. But I forge ahead. And my kids are young so I don't stress. : ) Right.

I have the Enki curriculum and take from it as much as I can. We work on a fairly rhythmic day with walks in the morning, and stay home most mornings in the hopes of more settled-in play. We read the Enki stories, and are doing weekly wet-on-wet painting, baking, and modeling. We use to sing a lot but I've slacked on that these days.

Our afternoons are spent in various ways - the boys are taking a "gymnastics" class for homeschoolers on Monday afternoon (toddlers tumbling around on mats), and my 5 year old is in Suzuki violin (lesson on Fridays). I waffle with that. We are considering taking a break from that but that is a long story.

We also are involved with the (somewhat) local Waldorf school. We go to the Toddler program (all of us as a family) every other Saturday and are involved in the Festivals as well. The school has an Enrichment program for homeschoolers starting in the first grade and I plan to send Will next year to that for two days a week.

As for next year --- I need to do some more research but I keep getting pulled back to the idea of using Oak Meadow. I have not seen the curriculum but from what I hear its more laid out on what to do on a weekly basis. I like that idea! However, I LOVE the Teaching Guides from Enki and am so glad that I have that resource.

So thats the short version of us. LOL. I hope to be more active on this thread as it seems to be most like we are homeschooling.
post #35 of 48
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How is everyone getting along? We have had a lot of interruptions but for the most part, I am okay with being "behind" in schedule. It is even silly sounding to me to type that out!

Pretty good. We are in our third week and we to fell a bit *behind* last week.

DD had some trouble with her english (we decided to try using a grammar and composition book we were given) so I had to go back and re-do some with her. Also she got hung up a bit in Math Power with double digit long division. She actually understands how to do it but got confused the way they asked her to do it so, again, we went back. I am thinking we may need to switch to something else in both those subjects *sigh*. DD has been keeping up with the RS Italian and the reading I've been assigning.

DS pretty much refused to do his workbooks last week and instead spent a lot of time playing Age of Empires and playing outside : He did play Starfall a bit and we've been reading about life in 1776 and the solar system. I know I shouldn'r be so hung up on staying *on schedule* but that's how I am :

DD and DK (daycare kid) have been working on a website they are putting together about mythical creatures and cheering a ton. They had a stunt coach come in this week and Kelsey finally got her full! http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g1...r/DSCF0043.jpg (she's the one in the orange socks). DH and I are feeling very overwhelmed with her being on two teams and are hoping that with some upcoming reorganization things will get easier.
post #36 of 48
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Gulp. There's a chance I might soon be homeschooling a third-grader as well. I don't even know where to start. Pray for me!
Oh wow! Is this stemming from your thread in the other forum regarding jobs? I should just go over there and catch up (I've been a lurker). Much : to you!

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As for next year --- I need to do some more research but I keep getting pulled back to the idea of using Oak Meadow. I have not seen the curriculum but from what I hear its more laid out on what to do on a weekly basis. I like that idea! However, I LOVE the Teaching Guides from Enki and am so glad that I have that resource.

So thats the short version of us. LOL. I hope to be more active on this thread as it seems to be most like we are homeschooling.
I do love the weekly "schedule" in Oak Meadow. I think that is why I was drawn to it last year after we had already started with Enki. I really enjoyed Enki K but so needed a bit more guidance, shall we say. After thisyear, I may not continue with OM (and I'm 99% sure I won't with Enki as I'm not even really using it this year) ... but it did help me get started, that is for sure. I also really like the science/nature part of both K and 1st. I might do it next year just for that reason.
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DD and DK (daycare kid) have been working on a website they are putting together about mythical creatures and cheering a ton. They had a stunt coach come in this week and Kelsey finally got her full! http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g1...r/DSCF0043.jpg (she's the one in the orange socks). DH and I are feeling very overwhelmed with her being on two teams and are hoping that with some upcoming reorganization things will get easier.
That is an awesome picture! But, could you explain what a "full" is to a non-cheerleading-background mama?
post #37 of 48
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That is an awesome picture! But, could you explain what a "full" is to a non-cheerleading-background mama?

Thanks! A *full* is when they push the flyer (girl they are lifting) up with their arms fully extented. It's actually sometimes called an extention. the stunt with their arms down at shoulder level is called a *half* or an *extention prep*. This is a pryamid with three extention preps: http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g1...r/DSCF0378.jpg

Kelsey has been working for a month and a half trying to get this stunt so this is very exciting for her.
post #38 of 48
This is our first "real week" of school- last week was cut short due to Rosh Hashonna and the week before that we were just getting set up- we "do school" on the days that the other two are attending school- things just get too crazy otherwise. Our HS routine involves the two of us having time with just the two of us, not with all the kids home.

Yesterday I took DD to an art class with the local HS group. Well, I say "local group" but it was a 45 minute drive away, so that pretty much wiped me out. We didn't do any other school work yesterday- or housework either for that matter!

Today we caught up on dishes and laundry and DD cleaned the hamster cage, we figured out what to make for dinner (organizing some menu planning stuff in the process), and then did some Hebrew. Instead of just using her Hebrew book, we went online and went over some new vocabulary words. Then DD read a little bit from her Hebrew book just to get some reading practice.

Then we each had a little "down time" and DD ended up falling asleep. She's still napping now.

It's starting to feel strange having 2 in school and one at home. Last year it wasn't as strange because they were in a less structured school. I'm starting to wonder if I'm being too lax with DD2 or if my other kids are being overly pressured. All seem happy though.
post #39 of 48
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All seem happy though.
That too me would be key! You know, if it ain't broke ...

Are you conflicted though in that you think you should send your hs'd dd to school? Or up the notch at home? Or bring the other two home? Or just wondering out loud if everything really is going well?
post #40 of 48
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That too me would be key! You know, if it ain't broke ...

Are you conflicted though in that you think you should send your hs'd dd to school? Or up the notch at home? Or bring the other two home? Or just wondering out loud if everything really is going well?
Just wondering aloud if everything is really going well, and second-guessing myself every time one of the kids has a minor problem at school.
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