(the back story)
This time last year we decided that we would return to homeschooling this school year, the decision was initially based on the fact that charter school Zoe was attending was moving a little too far for our daily commute. She’s been there since 2nd grade and up until this past year it was a good experience for her, but as this year progressed things took a turn for the worse and to be honest I wish I had pulled her at Christmas. I kept talking myself out of it, she needs closure, I’m not ready to take her on…i need to plan better, all valid, but as a result over a period of 5 months her self confidence lowered steadily and she lost her love of learning and apathy set it. Of course part of this is age, at almost 11 hormones are raging, as it attitude. . .
So as we embark on this homeschooling journey I have my hands full….My main goals for this academic year are simple
1. To build self confidence
2. To (re-)install a love of learning
(the academic plan)
We plan to integrate language arts, math and art into our social studies as much as possible.
We are beginning the Fall using Pandia Press History Odyssey Ancients Level 2 to supplement this History/Geography Program we will be using Mapping The World With Art by Ellen McHenry which includes a lot of map making and atlas work.
Related literature will include:
Tales of Ancient Egypt (Puffin Classics)
by Roger Lancelyn Green
by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Golden Goblet (Newbery Library, Puffin)
by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
And for integrated Math she will be reading
As well as doing some Compass Drawings: Construction designs using a compass and a ruler (Grades 4-6)
, and some Geometry & Measurement Grade 6 (Kumon Math Workbooks)
for practice starting with Grade 5 and onto Grade 6
She is also signed up for a Minecraft Homeschool class, this was mostly out of curiosity, she likes minecraft but is not crazy into it, it sounded interesting, a different way of learning so we’ll see how it goes! 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
Also for language arts:
We will work with the “Mega Words” work book (as this is a continuation on what she has already been doing) and the “Wordsmith Apprentice” for extra writing practice. As well as a unit study on The Giver Movie Tie-In Edition (Giver Quartet)
They’ll be Latin, and Spanish (hoping to use Rosetta Stone Homeschool Latin American Spanish when the budget allows)
They’ll be Art projects, Photography and Music (Guitar, Ukulele and Drums, songwriting too!)
And of course anyone who knows Zoe knows they’ll be athletics, Soccer in the Fall, Basketball in the Winter and Baseball in the Spring…and plenty of adventures in between I am sure!
We are not sure what comes next academically whether we will continue to homeschool beyond 6th grade or whether we will apply to The Academy at Charlemont and pray that somehow we can pull it off, or whether The North Star Self Directed Learning will be a better fit for us, she has expressed interest in both options or whether we will settle in at home. We will wait and see how this year pans out