Tuesday, July 5, 2011

First Day of School

We have chosen to home school. We did Kindergarten last year and this year will be first grade. Kindergarten is basically preparation for school but first grade is big time. This is the real deal. I better not mess up this one. So, we decided to doyear-round schooling. We will take breaks and lots of them, but we will not be taking the huge summer break. I have several reasons for doing this:

1. So my children won't forget all they learned during the school year and spend the first several weeks in review.

2. I find it much easier to plan for shorter time periods and a nice little break here and there.

3. Kids get really bored with long vacations and actually seem happier when the vacations are 1-3 weeks long instead of several months long.

4. I actually went to a year-round school in elementary school and I liked it.

5. My husband (the principal) wants me to. It is great that we agree on this and it makes the decision so much easier.

So I marked on my calendar that July 5th would be the first day of school for us. I made my lesson plans about a month ago and then the date snuck up on me and was here. So we got ourselves up and dressed early, took pictures to mark the event, and dug right in.

I have also decided to be on the quarter system. My college roommate used to say to me "Inch by inch it will be a cinch, yard by yard it will be too hard". We always wanted to throw something at her when she would say that but it stuck with me and I believe it is true. So I took all the books I want to get through this year and cut them in quarters and started planning. Here are some of the things we will be learning this quarter:
Math U See - alpha
Shirley Grammar
Funnix (www.funnix.com) for phonics, spelling and writing
Beginning Geography by Evan-Moor
Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer
History Pocket - Ancient Civilizations
Draw Write Now
A-Z Bible Verses by Susan Hunt
A Science Nature reader and the first grade science book by Christian Liberty
a variety of literature and poems (we read Milly Molly Mandy today)
Other (as needed)

I'm excited about some subjects and dread others. From last year I know which ones I have to start with and which ones are fun and are good transitions to other subjects. This should be an interesting year.

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