Saturday, July 13, 2013

Planning Our First Homeschool Year

Eeek. It's almost time to begin our first official homeschool year. You might remember my grump-laden post a few months back where I lashed out at our local public school. I am so grateful that I am getting this chance to teach my boys at home, although I don't know how long it's going to be an option. I'm really excited though, to get started with it and see where it takes us. 

I am really nervous about planning our first homeschool year. What are we going to do? What curriculum are we going to follow? I know this is all a really big deal and a big decision that all homeschooling mamas have to make. I'm worried that I will make the wrong choice. But, I am getting started, and that is what matters, right? Right? RIGHT? Cmon, people, make me feel better. . 


For now, I am browsing all my favorite homeschool blogs, and making lists, tons and tons of lists. I am getting some ideas, and deciding where we should go from here. I am pretty sure that we will go with an eclectic type of curriculum, something that I piece together myself, and nothing out of a box. 

I'm thinking perhaps a writing journal, lots of videos and hands on experiments and projects, tons of book reading, fun field trips and other fun stuff. But, I need some ideas for math. I don't know what the best math curriculum to use, what he will really connect with. I guess a lot of it is going to be trial and error... Any of you other homeschooling mamas have tips for me about deciding the best curriculum? 

I also need some help with planning our daily schedule as well. I am thinking a four day "real" school week, with the fifth day being used for field trips, park learning days, messy art projects and intense science experiments. I am pretty pumped about that and think it sounds fun. I am also going to plan on getting started at around 9am and being done between 1pm and 2pm, maybe earlier if we're lucky.... 

I guess I am just looking for tips and advice from other mamas, so if you have any, send it my way! 


2 comments:

  1. Dawn it sounds like you are well on your way! You are going to be a fabulous homeschooler! Coming to visit from my giveaway today. Good luck BTW. I have to say that teaching testbooks is by far my first pick for math. it took me a long time to try it and I am so glad I did! I have an extensive review on it ( on my site) just do a search if you are interested. 4 days and light day is what we do too and I love it. That way appts. and other things get done on Friday. We have to grocery shop too , right? As for schedule ..it really depends on you, your kids needs, and your style. This year I am moving from guided to him being more independent so he will have more control...he's 5th grade. Blessing to you!

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie! You have a great blog and I know it is going to be a huge resource for me, especially during my "newbie" phase! :) So happy to "meet" you!

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