Bringing your kiddo home this fall?
Here are four things you need to consider when beginning homeschooling:
I compiled a Homeschool Mama Reading List just for you! These books are ones that have taught me everything that has helped me structure my homeschool.
Structuring a home education for a twelve year old? Your twelve year old and MY twelve year old aren’t the same. In fact, I’ve had three twelve year olds living in the same family and they aren’t the same either. So take my suggestions with a grain of salt, but gather ideas.
You can’t teach the same way to each child. They’re different. Your goal is to tailor an education for each of your kids differently.
This twelve year old might have too many extracurricular activities. Presently she’s in choir, dance, youth group, piano, drama classes x 2. But she has also studied violin, attended soccer camps, joined a baseball team, gymnastics, sailing, and kayaking camps.
And then there’s our family activities: travelling, canoeing, hiking, and cross country skiing.
Oh, and there’s studies.
Somewhere between mid-September to early May, we do formal studies.
Presently, she‘s learning fractions and decimals.
She doesn’t struggle with math, but she doesn’t love it. Though I am available for consultation, she doesn’t need me to read directions and explain most things.
She writes a blog about cooking, alongside her other writing activities, some writing prompts that are Pinterest-inspired, some personal letters, and using a program by Jump In (from Apologia Press). Once a week she completes a page of Editor in Chief, a grammar intensive workbook.
And this mama doesn’t peek. I’m not concerned with grammar and spelling, or scanning her thoughts. Rather, my goal is that she comes to understand her own thoughts and her own self.
She does memory work.
Train that brain, baby. Any passage is useful: Bible verses, poems like Mother Teresa’s Anyway, EE Cummings, Robert Louis Stevenson, or Latin prayers.
She studies second languages.
Or I will be more specific: she’s exposed to languages. How does one learn a language unless they’re required to use it in everyday?
We have studied Spanish, are presently using Ecoutez Parlez for French, and Latina Christiana for Latin. We learn English derivatives in Latin which increase English vocabulary and word recognition. On our travels to Kenya, Italy, and Ghana, we spent a month pursuing conversational Swahili, Mampruli, and Italian. This was a more useful building block for true language acquisition than any verb conjugating we could learn at home.
She reads and discusses early American history.
Today we looked at the ratification of the American constitution. Once a week, she writes everything she remembers from her readings in her history notebook.
She studies science.
She started with a physics kit this year and filled in occasional afternoons with Apologia’s Swimming Creatures. The National Geographic chemistry and physics kits I found at a homeschool convention provide lots of exploration too.
In her spare time (and yes, she still has spare time), she plays piano, films her sister’s rainbow loom YouTube channel, creates music videos, writes stories, crafts, cooks, bakes, hangs with the neighbor dogs, and reads (her recent fav I Am Malala).
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together“Vincent Van Gogh
Are you considering homeschooling your kids?
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I’ve got a course that will get you from “I don’t think I can do this, I’m too uncertain, nervous, or afraid” to “I know I can do this, I’ve got this girlfriend.”