We are taking the entire month of April off. So far, it has been less productive than I had hoped, but a much-needed break nevertheless. Last night, very late because I am a night owl, I pulled out my notebook, lesson plan for Old Fashioned Education, and all of our non-academic books. I spread out all the books on the couch, opened my notebook to the OFE scope & sequence, and looked at what I have.
This year we have been covering a smattering of OFE’s Years 1 and 2, because the boys are in 1st and 3rd, and I want to begin with Year 3 in the fall, together. I realized that we hadn’t been doing as much of the reading as I wanted, and that I want to get through a few of the books by the end of the year. We have May, June, and July to go. 13 weeks total. Our line-up for this last trimester:
Bible: a Proverb a day, memory verses from
A Brother Offended by Doorposts, and 40 Missionary Stories by Eggleston (We haven’t begun this yet– I hope to read it 3 days a week, possibly completing by the end of the year)
History/Biography:Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston (4x/week & will complete it)
Nature:Among the Farm-Yard Peopleby Clara Dillingham Pierson and finish up Herriot’s Treasury for Children (3x/week)
Literature:The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter (2x/week with narrations) and
A Child’s Garden of Verses (we never read less than 2 per day & will complete this before the end of the school year)
Geography:The 7 Little Sisters Who Live on the Round Ball That Floats in the Air by Jane Andrews (2x/week & will complete it– I enjoy this book!)
Science: Units on Plants, Animals and Insects from Considering God’s Creation (2x/week)
D1’s IEP will expire on April 26th, which then completes our daily trip to the elementary school for an hour of Resource Room per day. I can’t tell you HOW HAPPY I AM about this. It is liberating knowing that I won’t need to get my son to something on someone else’s schedule. We continue for the rest of the month, even though we are off, because it is the final stretch. Even this week, as much as I dislike taking him to the school, I feel so great just knowing that while all the other kids at the school are stuck stressing out over the WASL testing this week, my son is NOT. (And yes, they wanted him to take it. As a homeschooler he is not required to, and I thank the Lord SO MUCH for this!!) We will have him independently assessed shortly, to fill the requirement for the state.
Since we’re all in the home stretch as far as school is considered, please tell me, do you have any special plans for the remainder of the year? Mine are to take as many field trips as we can find, and to spend a lot of time outside. Pretty simple plans, really. Oh, and to find my boys some friends who are also homeschooled, who would like to do things like go bowling or to the park, things like that. 🙂 Post me your plans! Maybe we can get ideas from one another!