Feast your eyes on the world's laziest homeschooling mommy. She's swingin' her way through life, hedgehogging at every available opportunity. It's tough, but somebody's gotta do it.
Just ask those kids of mine. Yeah, she's cool alright.
So, here we are--ready or not for our first big schooling day--properly clad in the uniform d' Hallstrom: polo shirts and nice quality jeans/ skirts. Backpacks on and ready to roll.So, what is everyone taking this year? Let's start with Hud. Poor 'lil Hud, barely over 6 feet and only a freshman. One of his teachers was surprised he was only 14. "I thought he was a senior!!" Oh, now, he's not puffed up at all, now is he?
Classes for Hudson, 9th grade "shortie" and light eater.. LOL.
Modern European History
Hey!! What's this coconut cream pie doing here? Yum. OK. Non-sequitor.
Classes for Joanna, 11th grader and great inheritor of Jamie's room..
and maybe.. Sign Language II. (needs a schedule re-work)
Schedule for "Than"--"smiley dude" and big 7th grader (almost 13 year old)
Roots (Vocabulary class)
Sound and Sense (Writing class)
Mideival and Reniassance History (how do you spell those words???!! ugh.)
Algebra 1/2 (Pre-Algebra, Saxon)
Sign Language I
Schedule for Emily: our kindergardener!!
Fabric Fun (a must-have, highly academic)
Animal Science (actually kind of high brow for this age group)
Elementary Art (she's all about art!)
P.E. (we sort of missed this today, but 4 out of 5 isn't too bad)
Literature around the world (think: hearing stories and doing crafts)
These are the Hallstrom classes that the kids are taking, but to be honest with you, I actually teach Emily kindergarden skills at home. (Be still my heart.. she's actually teaching??)
While I'm still in my pjs and drinking coffee, Emily starts pulling at my sleeves and nagging me to start school. After a while, I give in, and we do one (concentrated) hour of school a day--even on the weekends. (She's such a tyrant)
What do I do for one hour? I'll have to show you some day. Although, it would not be fair for any new homeschoolers to watch us do school because she is one of those easy learner types who is very eager. It's such a blessing to end on such an easy note, with our "caboose" being so easy to teach. In general, we do pre-reading and reading activities, including writing. (For some reason, she has already mastered the alphabet and the basic phonetic sounds, which is what I would normally do in kindergarden). We do something called "Fun Thinkers" which reinforces the elementary math and pre-reading skills in a non-writing sort of way. We spend some time with the abacus, cuisenaire rods and a basic workbook.
And we do all of that in one hour? Yes. But I am very focused and know what I am looking for. (There's got to some advantage of being the 5th homeschooled child!!)
Let's put it this way. A very experienced mommy can do in one hour what an inexperienced one can do in two hours,
what the public schools can do in about 6 hours.. (and send home homework)..
So, there you have it. The hedgehog is schooling again. Jiggety jig.