Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A sleepy update on homeschooling

Compared to my usual posting frenzy and frequency, it's been a while since I've spit out an entry. I've been so exhausted lately.... I'm not sure why... probably just wearing myself out mentally.

Anyway, Keagan's birthday party went well. We had a blast, and then slept really good afterwards! I have pictures, but I won't be able to post them until later (because I'm tired and lazy).

On the homeschool front, I've fallen in love with Sonlight curriculum. I'm about to order a boatload of stuff. It's expensive (in my opinion, but I'm uber-cheap), but well-worth it and can be used with all of our children when they are ready for it, so that's a plus.

Sonlight is Christian curriculum that focuses on reading. I really love it, and it's right up my alley. They offer a lesson plan, which you could follow strictly if you choose. My children are so eager to "do school" all of the time that I'm running out of ideas, which is why I decided to purchase curriculum. I'm super picky and was a bit discouraged after sifting through dozens of options, until I found Sonlight, and I instantly knew this would work for us.

I'm really not about structuring lessons every day, but I definitely don't mind a little structured hour or two... and I know how much my children love books, so I know they'll love spending time curled up on the couch with me as I do their read-alouds. I'm really looking forward to the history side of things because I love history.. and world culture as well- and even the Science is quite intriquing, which I enjoyed up until highschool (Chemistry was NOT my strong point). I can't wait to try some of the "Discover and Do" things!

The kids and I have been talking about it for the last few days, and they are so excited about it. I cannot order it until October when finances allow, but we're eagerly awaiting it! I love how their eyes light up at the idea of "all those books". I love to read as well, so.. I'm not sure who is more excited!

Btw, for all of those checking in on our Hurricane Ike updates- my friends, Dave and Lisa, as well as my grandmother (Genell) have electricity back now. Praise the Lord!

I'm tired. I need to go comb out my freshly washed hair before it dries like this (raaaat's nest!). Goodnight y'all!

4 comments:

Britty. said...

do you have montesorrie (spelling?) teaching in the states? Its an unstructured way of learning (its more on reading and learning from eachother from teacher to student) involves a lot of artistic ideas and whatnot

jt_brown said...

I am encourage to see your blog. My wife and I have three children 1,2 and 4 and have been homeschooling... well since they were born. We believe children are much more capable of learning than people give them credit for. My wife has an interest in women who homeschool and blog often asking how do you find the time? Keep the faith sister and may god bless you. I will let my wife know about your blogg and I am sure she would love to read and learn from your experiences. As well as have someone to bounce thing off of. JB

Luke said...

Mandy,

I look forward to cheering with you on Box Day, so please let us know when that happens. I'm super excited about this next phase in your homeschooling adventure... and may it be the best yet! Keep us posted, please! [smile]

~Luke

Kristin-Homemaker@Heart said...

jeeze woman, brush your hair. LOL