Saturday, August 25, 2007

First Week!

Well, we did it. We completed our first week of school. It went quite well, inspite of the fact that we homeschooled in the most disastrous homeschool room one could ever imagine. I had wonderful visions of cleaning up that room and organizing it before we began; but after a few hours of cleaning, I realized that we would not be starting school until January if I waited for the homeschool room to look lovely.

Do you have one of those rooms that collects all the items you don't know where to put? All summer long, if I didn't know what to do with it, into the homeschool room it went. That was not long-term thinking. Oh well, I've managed to work through chunks of it throughout the school day.

Our schedule is quite packed right now. My oldest daughter (will be 14 in two months), is now doing two-a-days. No, she doesn't play football. She's training to be a ballerina and goes to ballet from 10:00 -11:30, then comes home to do her school work, and returns for her afternoon classes. I'm really happy with all the choices we made for curriculum so far. Here is what she is doing:

Cambridge Latin (I'm still waiting on the teaching DVD's to arrive, this counts as high school credit.)
Analytical Grammar (We'll do the 3 year course in 1 year - it will be our last indepth grammar course before she takes the SAT)
A Fresh Approach Algebra I (Seems to be going really well, so far. No need for my intervention yet; but she's still reviewing pre-algebra.)
Basic College Math (Yes, she wanted to do two math courses just to make sure she was ready to leave basic math behind)
Sonlight 100 (She'll then study for and take the American History CLEPs this summer)
Cursive Copywork (Because her beautiful cursive has gone downhill. I created a copywork devotion for her called Cursive Contemplations - now available through HomeschoolEstore.
Write at Home ( Essays and Research Paper workshops
Apologia Physical Science (she's doing the Liveandlearnpress lapbooks that go with this, which are fabulous! I have a sneak preview of their Physical Science, but they have them for all the Apologia courses - including all my elementary books!)

She's also taking a lot of electives including competition speech through a local arts academy for high school homeschoolers, called Artios.

Although we are super duper busy, the year is off to a great start! I'll share how things are going with the younger ones soon.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Jeannie, for the free E-book! This will be great for my 13 year old son. Just wanted to say, I LOVE your blog and have it bookmarked so I can visit often. Blessings ~ Renay

Anonymous said...

Thank you for generously sharing yet again. You are a real blessing! Your ebook is exactly what I want for my son right now. As for that "one room" well, I have 2 of those! LOL! And I highly doubt I am as busy as you are.

Laurie (British Columbia)

Mercy said...

I was just looking at the curriculum you recommend (or those that worked for you) and I'm wondering why you only recommend Story of the World vol 2-4? You are not the first person to say that. Personally it bothers me that as a Christian she wouldn't take the stand for Christ and make it a full Christian curriculum. I am looking right now at My Fathers World for my son and they use SOTW vol 2 -4. I have only briefly looked at vol 1, so I'm not sure what to think.

Anyway, I was just curious why you don't recommend volume 1.


Jeannie Fulbright said...

I think when we teach history, we should teach it from a Biblical Worldview. It is not man's story of human history and achievement, but it is God's story. So, though I like SOTW Vol. 2 - 4 for it's interesting prose and format, it does not ahieve the goal I have in mind for teaching history. Volume 1 takes it a step further away from that goal with it's reference to BC as BCE and some other things. If you use SOTW, I recommend a guide like Truthquest to give your children a foundation in a Biblical Worldview. Truthquest gives you chapters to read from SOTW, so it's a great companion.

Lisa said...

that's nice to know that I'm not the only one that has the school room not looking like a school room that we will be working in. :) Lisa

Thankfulheart said...

Great article Jeannie! As always it is a delight to read your posts! I heartily recommend Ruth Beechick's book A Biblical Home Education for help in teach a Biblical world view in all subject areas!