Saturday, August 29, 2009
Back to School
Here's the problem with homeschooling... back to school isn't quite as exciting. I love shopping for school supplies (Princess Sparkley informed me earlier this week that she does as well). But with homeschooling, I don't have a list provided by the school of all the things my second grader and *gulp* Kindergartner need for the school year. I don't even really need anything. We have our library cards. We have our internet connection. I've renewed my membership with Enchanted Learning. I found the box of missing office supplies so we now have rulers and staplers and pens and pencils and hole punches. We already had markers and crayons and colored pencils coming out of our ears. I gave up long ago buying my kids their own coloring paper, they just use our printer paper.
I am planning a trip to Walgreens and Office Depot to check out their student workbooks. I especially like the ones put out by School Zone that Walgreens carries and Mead that Office Depot carries. In a bit I'll check out the giant workbooks at Sam's Club to see if any of them are worth our money.
We've mapped out the school year, but not quite the lesson plans. We're just about set to go. I just have to buckle down and get in the right mode. Buddy is already in the right mode. He's THRILLED for school to start. He asked me the other day when he's going to learn to read (her reading has become a huge separation between he and Princess Sparkley since they are only 20 months apart). This morning I asked him what he was excited about most in school starting and he told me "learning about weather." Princess Sparkley is another story. She freaks out at the mention of school. She'd rather spend her days in some crazy half real/half dress-up outfit - lounging on her bed, my bed, the couch, the floor - reading a book.
*This chart is one of two. This is how we mapped out the school year. We're breaking free of a virtual school this year and just going out on our own. (Ahhh!) Mostly, we're following the Virginia Standards of Learning for each of the respective grades, making sure we teach them what they are supposed to learn (because at the end of the school year, in Virginia, they'll have to be tested/evaluated to make sure they've progressed).
Each day of the chart has two columns. PS's are pink, Buddy's are orange and blue. Underneath are the lessons they'll share the same: history, science, art, Spanish, health and PE. The post-its are English (Language Arts and Phonics) and math, where they'll have their own lessons and work. PS's lessons that they share will be a bit more in depth and with more work. Buddy's will be the basics. We'll see how it works out.