Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We are finishing up our second year of using Tapestry of Grace. We started at the beginning with Year 1 last year and are in Year 2 Unit 3 right now. I love it so much, that I talk it up whenever the opportunity arises, so today I looked into becoming an Affiliate and have decided to do it. So I get credit if you click on one of the icons on my blog. If you decide to buy something, you can put give my code (on-line or by phone) and I will get credit for your purchases......my code is "shannonrop." If you are looking for a Christian, classical, history-based curriculum, Tapestry is what you want. When we stopped homeschooling 5 or so years ago to send my kids to public school, I had already heard about TOG and knew that if we went back to homeschooling, that is the curriculum we would use. My thoughts hadn't changed when we got back into homeschooling in the Fall of 2008. It is the best out there, as far as I am concerned.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
We think we are going to have our two oldest daughters, in 6th and 8th grades, take some electives at the public middle school here. Michigan homeschool law says that homeschool kids may not take core classes, like math, history, science, but that they can take electives, for free. So my 6th grader wants to take Band, which is great, b/c she wants to play trumpet and I can't teach her that! There is a local-ish homeschool band here, but it is expensive and a 35 minute drive one way, so her going to the public school is more convenient, as it is only 2 blocks away. My 8th grader wants to take the speech/drama class, art, and the foreign language class. The FL class is really cool....they get 6 weeks of French, 6 weeks of German and 6 weeks of Spanish. So the girls can get their school "fix" and can take some cool classes at the same time.
So the kids are watching the DVD of our musical, "A Case of Monkey Business" which is basically Tarzan, but Tarzan is a copyrighted name so we couldn't use it without paying money. We really should be doing school. But I am feeling lazy this morning and the kids are all occupied and getting along......We'll get to school today for sure, but I guess it won't be a normal day.
Monday, May 17, 2010
So my MIL said the other day that she thought dd7yo should go to "real" school next year b/c she thinks dd is getting lost in the crowd of her other siblings. DD has been homeschooled the last 2 years in K & 1st grade and has never had the classroom experience. We had already been thinking about sending ds5yo to school for a year of Kindergarten in the fall, so he could get a taste of what a structured environment is like....we are definitely more unstructured here at home, as it should be. So now we are maybe sending two off to school in the fall, but only for one year. (We would still homeschool the older 3.) Which means a public school, in all likelihood. Though we are looking into a local Christian, classical school which would be my choice, since we do classical ed. here at home. Will be interesting to see what happens. Though I am SO not looking forward to being on the school's schedule. If the 2 kids do go to school in the fall, they will miss about 2 weeks right off the bat, as we are planning a trip to Colonial Williamsburg then.