Today, I would like to do a bit of reflecting about our first few weeks of homeschool. This is a brand new year in curriculum, schedule and even students! I think it is so important as a public school teacher or home educator to continually reflect on where you are at, what has been working and what might need to be changed! I will be focusing on different areas over the next few days. First, I will start with what has changed this year from last year. So let's take a peek:
Another change has been the schedule. This by far is my favorite change! We have changed to a semester schedule and the pressure of the day has been alleviated. We are no longer rushing to finish! We have the time to "take our time" in our lessons. This has proven to be a very effective move. Our days are filled with many smiles and fewer tears, actually no tears so far this year! It also gives plenty of time in the day for silent reading and art projects.An added bonus is that it means fewer headaches for Mom! It's a win-win! :)
The third change is with our curriculum. I have been a faithful ABeka supporter for the past three years. This year I took the plunge, researched my own curriculum, and bought what I thought would work best with my girls. This has been an amazing move! We still have structure but we also have more freedom. I love the Bob Jones curriculum as it is a bit more colorful and interesting. I also like the progression. The Apologia Science has already been a topic of focus on this blog and I will once again say that I love it!
Tomorrow, I will be talking about some things that we have been successful with as well as areas we need to strengthen. Friday, I will write about what we have accomplished so far this year! I hope to see you there!
As today is Library day, we are about to head out to the van. Our library is BRAND NEW and is about a mile down the road from us. We are loving it! Happy blogging!