I have been homeschooling my kids “officially” since January. I’ve been doing a sort of “eclectic” format, piecing it all together myself. I don’t like that method, now that I’ve been doing it for awhile. I would rather have a set curriculum to pull from daily.
Since January, we’ve moved from preschool material to kindergarten material. Both kids know their shapes, colors, letters and letter sounds, can count to 20 (actually much higher with a little help), can do simple addition, and can write all their numbers and letters. We’ve moved on to phonics and beginning reading. I started out using “How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” but for some reason, Gabriel just wasn’t getting it – so I’ve stepped back and I’m just doing a really phonics-heavy program now. We go over A Beka-style phonics ladders and charts (think sk in skate, thr in three, etc.). I’m a bit frustrated with how long it seems to be taking and the fact that sight words never seem to stick. I know I’m always expecting a bit too much. I am very ambitious, though and it’s just in my nature to push them to be the best they can be … and then some.
One favorite activity recently has been playing with alphabet magnets. Gabriel has been spelling up a storm .. although, he needs help on things that aren’t obvious, like words with a silent “e.”
I am going to school this summer to start working towards my nursing program … but then I’ll be out in August, not to return until the program officially starts up in fall of 2010. So, I have to decide what to do school-wise with the kids this next year. I *definitely* don’t want them going to public. Mikaela’s not even old enough. I had Gabriel at the public school last year and I didn’t like it for many reasons. I am considering getting a full-time job and finding a private school for the kids to go to. That decision is mostly because we consistently don’t have enough to make ends meet. My freelance work just doesn’t pay the bills. And as much as I believe in homeschooling … I don’t know if it’s for us or not. Maybe if I had a set curriculum to work from, things would go more smoothly. Either way, it’s a big decision to make and I’d appreciate your prayers.