Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Start date

Or lack, thereof. W

We (by we I mean me, of course) keep getting asked when we are starting this year.

I hate this question at the moment.

I don't know when we are starting! This grown up stuff is hard!

Last year and the year before I had all my supplies in hand far advance and I was READY. I was excited.

This year I have none of that. Well, I supposed that I am excited, but I can't claim to have all my supplies in hand. I can't claim to have stared at the calendar and picked a day that we will jump back in.

Anyone else in limbo? Do I just need to stop whining, make some choices, and begin?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Math option

For the budget conscious.

Strayor-Upton Mathematics. Book One is grade 3 and 4.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

School district, continued

After more discussion with local homeschoolers (thank you!) I have drafted a reporting letter. I will not be sending in the forms they requested. The forms ask for more information then Wyoming statue requires.

Instead, I am sending a letter to the effect of:

Assistant Superintendent
Appropriate Address

Intent to Homeschool

Sweet Pea Lastname (DOB such and such)

Our curriculum is sequentially progressive because it is provided by publishers who recommended these publications for the grade level and above.

Following is the curriculum:

1) Science: God’s Design for Heaven and Earth- Planet Earth, the Universe, and Weather and Water

2) Writing: Language Lessons for the Very Young Vol. 1 by Sandi Queen

3) Civics: This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States by H.E. Marshall

4) History: Child’s History of the World by V. Hillyer

5) Mathematics: Saxon Math Grade 2

6&7) Literature & Reading: Ambleside Year 2: Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb, Pilgrim’s Progress Book 1 but John Bunyan, Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty, Understood Betsy but Dorothy Canfield Fisher, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, McGuffey’s Readers

And that is ALL I am sending. Fin.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Preschool looks really different

The second time around. Little Bird is four. FOUR. How did my sweet little toddler get to be four?

Well, she is.

This means, in the Mama's house, that it's time for more serious (LOL) preschooling. She's not attending a program outside the house, we're doing it here.

This will focus a lot of just readiness to sit and learn. And phonics. That's the other biggie.

Sweet Pea was reading proficiently at 4.5 and ideally I'd love it if Little Bird was, too. I think she'll be able to- she's sounding out CVC words and really just needs some mom time and practice.

We'll keep slowly working through Saxon Math K with the goal of being ready to start Saxon Math 1 in a year.

I feel a lot more laid back about it. I took Sweet Pea's K4 year really seriously. Little Bird reaps the benefit of my experience, though, and should have a sweet, low key year.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

School districts

My district sent me homeschool forms to fill out.

I have not filled them out.

They are requiring more information then I am legally obligated to give.

I am not a confrontational person, and this makes me nervous.

But I am not willing to send in what they want.

I hope to get this resolved, soon!


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