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Sunday, August 2, 2009

CURRICULUM GOODNESS



Last night I couldn't sleep. I just couldn't stop the ole brain from cranking. I was thinking about delicious babies being born in mama's bed (my last client was a home birth), I was daydreaming about paint colors for my bedroom walls and organization in my home-yes, that was a true daydream-hee hee, I was thinking about the moon and the stars and how they are the same no matter where on earth you are viewing them.

I was thinking about how this baby boy lying next to me, sleeping so soundly, was going to have a birthday in another month and some change and will be turning 7 years old. How his eyes seem so beautiful, even when closed. How is hair in perfect locks of nutmeg brown are growing down in spirals, long and soft and the little fine baby hairs on his ears and in between his eyes are diminishing. He is growing up.

So I got up and decided against all of the odds to write his home school curriculum in a spiral notebook and really take a look at what our year beholds. I don't put them in pen, as it always changes but wanted to see what we are working with. Since we school during the summer months as well, I am not sure what grade he really is in. Some K stuff but according to our state and his age, probably 1st grade. He learns something every day, every minute, every second. He blows me away with his words. He whispers prayers at bedtime that crack me up and then make me look at my own heart. His is honest and pure and really expecting God to answer him, no doubt. I teach him, life teaches him, his brothers teach him, my friends teach him, books teach him, toys teach him, his imagination teaches him but oooooooh how he teaches me!

He teaches me to slow down, he teaches me to speed up, humility, softness, hardness, faithfulness, patience, fun, dancing, singing, drumming, guitar playing, painting, how to look and marvel at bugs, how to eat certain parts of plants, how to dream how to play and pretend. How to be true, not worrying about bills or friendships or love.
So, the curriculum I choose seems shallow to say the least as life teaches us so much that cannot be bought or chosen or perfect.

Here is my attempt to give him an education but his is greater than mine
STEWARDSHIP: Various outings and gatherings to help people in need, food banks and vegetable storage and sharing and too much to list...this boys a "giver" for sure

NATURE STUDY:
The Nature Hour blog
Anna Comstock Handbook of Nature Study
our own nature study
Nature Journaling (walks, books, camping, etc)
Poster Picture Study ( I got some really awesome vintage posters of nature and on the back is some really great info, for instance the life of a grasshopper and what one eats, how it lives etc...-then he draws a picture of it in his Nature Journal and shares a sentence or 2 about what he's learned)
My Father's World curriculum

MATH:
Christian Light Math
Cuisenare Rods and activity book


READING, SPELLING, PHONICS AND LANGUAGE:
Explode the Code
My Father's World curriculum
Phonics Pathways
Queen's Language Lessons for Little Ones-I SUPA LOVE THIS ONE!!
Queen's Copy Work


SCIENCE:
My Father's World curriculum
Our Father's World 1st Grade
Apologia Kids Explore Creation Zoology 1
GOAL: HUMAN BODY, PLANTS, ANIMALS
Tons of Library books
HISTORY:
History for Little Pilgrims
The Pioneer Sampler

MUSIC/BIBLE
My First Study Bible
Sing the Word from A-Z
Wee Sing Bible songs and stories

GEOGRAPHY:
Queens Homeschool supply (can you see a pattern here? I love Queens!!!) http://www.homeschoolcreations.blogspot.com/ blog
Geography Songs: Sing Around the World
Leapfrog World Map Fun Facts

These are just the ones I recall. We visit the library weekly and he helps me cook, make tinctures, rose beads and tell stories. He helps me with chores and harvesting from our gardens. He learns most things, as we all do, during life.
Waking up with mom at his side even seems to teach him something about family and love. We dress up, go camping, read books, play games, do puzzles, take naps (occasionally!), go to Royal Rangers (like boy scouts at church), fish, watch the stars, take rides, make jokes, pray, just life...really, and I have faith he is learning all the while.

We talk about birth and babies and nursing and nurturing (placentas and perineums are no strangers at the dinner table!!) We have many many gatherings and our house is usually filled with friends and their children. We have parties and visitors and music most days. He has grown to love live music (like mama and pappa) and he sees everyday melt downs and joys and hardships and victories. I try to keep nothing from him. So...now I am geared up for the new school year and hope that I have the courage to turn him in to the state as a student-hee hee-I will- but haven given thought to keeping him a secret..hee hee again!

Pray for us if you will and know that in all things, we give glory to God. When we forget, may we have a reminder. When we fail, let HIM lift us up and dust us off. Our lives are so filled with ups and downs (all of us, right?) but my prayer is to get the knee pads on and give it to the ONE that can fix it. Nothing is perfect, especially when trying to teach our children so know that this is just a trial run, most learning will come as the year unfolds.
One love!










2 comments:

Kristen's Raw said...

Such a great post!!!!

Julie said...

we have done mfw twice and love it! i love the way it is set up and i love the way she tells you what to do and say!!! i have not been very good about following a curric to finish so we have never finished MFW but we liked what we did!!!