Thursday, December 4, 2008
I really like homeschooling, which is probably b/c I was a teacher once upon a time. I love lesson planning and talking with the students (which now happen to be my kids, so the stakes seem higher) and seeing how much they learn as we go along. It really helps to have a great curriculum and we have found one in the form of Tapestry of Grace. It is a Christian, classical, academically rigorous curriculum that fits us perfectly. And the biggest benefit...it was designed to teach multiple ages. The kids learn the same stuff, but fit for their grade level. I think God had in mind all along that we would homeschool, preparing me by calling me to the teaching field. My least favorite part is teaching my kids to read...not that I don't love reading to my kids and spending the time with them, but this is the area where I feel very inadequate. I failed with Anya 4 years ago, when she was in Kindergarten...when Maiah and Anya went back to school for that 2nd semester, she was really behind. She caught up during the semester and ended up at the top of her class, b/c she is smart, so that was good. Maybe if we had stuck it out for the year, it would've worked itself out, who knows. Now Olivia is in Kindergarten, and so far I think we are maybe doing OK, but it is hard to tell. We are using the "Explode the Code" primer books and she likes those and is learning her letters and sounds. Plus we are enforcing the letters with her Handwriting book. I pray that I am doing well enough!