I think I’ve finally got things figured out for school this year.
First off…..I’ll have my 8, the same 4 grandkids. A friend asked if her 2 kids could join our homeschool PLUS we are adopting a sib group of 7.
If you didn’t add them up yet, that means we’ll have 21 in our school this year!!!
Now I need a little schoolhouse like Little House on the Prairie. I have two marker boards but they aren’t nearly as big as the Little House blackboards (I guess I could make it so LOL).
We will have:
- High School – 3
- Jr. High – 4
- Elementary – 9
- Tot-school – 3
- IEPs – 2
This should work out beautifully.
We will be doing almost everything together except math and language arts.
The high school kids will have a couple of extra independent lessons. They are each signed up for a class at Landry Academy (online).
- Jaime is doing a CSI class.
- Ashley is taking Forensics Anatomy.
- Donald is doing Automotive.
I asked the kids which era of history they wanted to study. Studying the wars won out unanimously. So we will be focusing on the wars the United States was involved in. There are about 47 of those.
The timeframe is broken down into eras:
- Colonial Period – 1630-1763. The only real war during that time is the French & Indian War. Not really the United States but on American soil.
- Revolutionary America – 1763-1783
- The Young Republic – 1783-1815
- Westward Expansion – 1815-1860
- Civil War / Reconstruction – 1830-1876
- 2nd Industrial Revolution – 1871-1920
- WWI/Depression – 1914-1933
- New Deal / WWII – 1933-1945
- Postwar America – 1945-1960
- The Vietnam Era – 1960-1980
- End of the Century – 1980-2000
- 21st Century - 2001+
My plan will prayerfully go something like this:
To study each war during these time frames. The whys and whatfores of the war.
We’ll read books pertaining to the wars. We may watch a few movies.
We’ll read other literature from authors, study some of the art/artists, and sciences of the same timeframe.
Not spending a whole lot of time on some of them, and lots of time on others.
It won’t be so easy doing fieldtrips but I’d like too. We’ll be headed to Texas to get our new kids, but the Alamo is way to far out of our path.
I’ll probably have each child that is capable to choose a person/s that interest them and write a report. Of course the high schoolers will have much more indepth reports.
Some reports will be given orally so as to work on speech class. Some book reports will be given orally as well.
There will be other books in the book basket of that era that kids can peruse at any time during that study.
I’m going to be building this as we go, so I’ll have to take copious notes to be sure I stay on track and get at least the minimal covered that I want to cover. We may not be able to take the 6 week winter break we typically take, we’ll see.
Most all the math is coming from Math-U-See. All grammar from Easy grammar. Phonics/Reading/Spelling will be from Rod & Staff. Our Bible/character study is from Apologia.
We’ll add in some sewing, woodworking, crafts, home ec, as we go. Some of these may be related to the era we are in as well.
Six of the kids will be taking Confirmation class once a week for the next two years (Pastor will have seven in class….six of them ours LOL).
I’m thinking that each of the kids will be assigned a box of some sort (not huge). As they finish their crafts/projects, they can put them in the box and when Christmas and birthdays roll around, they can go into their box and choose a gift to give. If they wanted. This way I won’t end up with 15 of the same thing in our house and it will bless someone else like God-parents, grandparents, and mentors from church.
So that’s my plan.
We are waiting to start school….well, to start group school…until I hear back from Texas to whether we can homeschool the kids (5 of the 7 are in school) from the get go.
The high school kids have already begun their Landry Academy classes.
What are your plans for this school year? Are you using a set curricula? One company or many? I’m a bit eclectic…so many companies to choose from.
Praying you all have a blessed school year whether your kids are in public, private, or being homeschooled.