Finding that Christ centered Teaching:
Its so exciting a new year, that is one thing I appreciate about ‘school starting’. I used to get a great sense of dread like I was letting my children miss out, and I used to feel guilty because my children learned ALL day long, and not ending at 3:00, (technically they are when you really assess each opportunity and life lesson they experience)…but now I LOVE what we do and the continual learning that happens, and I am excited about a fresh perspective for myself, in our culture’s ‘new school year’ concept.
These are the things I am bouncing around this year, its more money than we’ve ever spent but my olders are getting older: I’m a needs to share with someone else to help myself kinda gal, so for those who’d like to step inside my mind, read the following!)…And I’d love to hear, what new things/new ideas are you trying to implement this year?
~Two kindles so we can put on such things as: Books from old school McGuffy readers, etc, which have scriptures and great principles interwoven (which I think I am going to do a few of those subjects from one of my friend’s website resource she shared, here), and we can put on books from the library and Amblesideonline which has really great old fashioned, religious and wholesome based down loadable books, for rich good sources, right on the children’s kindles and enable alot of what the olders do as self sufficient study, so I can work more with my emergent reader and tiny children’s nurturing and learning needs.
~I’ve looked at L.I.F.E. school, which looks like a really rich LDS resource where they really integrate all the subjects creating the whole experience of learning, like eating ‘cookies’ rather than just flour, baking soda, or sugar, that my friend Angel inspires so much with in this referred to analogy, shared here, (you won’t regret the time invested to watch this) but it looks like L.I.F.E. school has just one year of curriculum developed so far, and we aren’t there in our studies.
~Looking at the free samples, I love even more, what I see at the LDS Family School and we LOVED the history, but as much as I want to get sucked in to buying the whole year, I know that much would be like a K12 burden for us. And looking at it with Riley I think I might use their ‘scope and sequence’ for some literature ideas, and treat ourselves to the music section that I am really weak on teaching. But if I had the money I think I would do music, art, and science (the history I need isn’t developed yet, after all.) Oh how developed everything they have is, and it would be great to have the tools for all those studies assembled, with all the wonderful spiritual and self application each thing has. The more kids I have, the more I appreciate everything laid out for me due to brain shrinkage! (But one session of this sort of family study per week is about enough, and we can do like more read aloud and investigation of our own, that the friend I referred to above refers to alot.) But since we can’t have the history from LDS family school (because we are on year 3 which hasn’t been developed) which is to my mind the best history resource out there, unless LIFE school beats it, I am trying Simply Charlotte Mason for the year we are on, that my friend Sandy recommended to me; and it does have spiritual and Christ centered application. She also found one more great resource this year she wants to try accomplishing a similar thing, which I will have to ask her about and mention here, and we will certainly look into that as well for future possibilities.
~But as it turns out Riley talked me out of the science at the LDS family School, because he mentioned, kids are interested in stars and volcanoes on their own, so I will try to do something like my friend Sandy and I excitedly talked about after being energized by our symposium I refer to above, and which was Sandy’s idea: to take note of all questions that are asked and dig deeper together on those. So besides my Charlotte Mason nature walks and journals we want to do better this year, as we did 2-3 years ago, with on the spot drawings, and notes taking (and we had a great one this summer on a book we’d checked out plus butterfly the kids caught as an egg~we took notes and journaled a “skipper” we’d caught…I think a few of my white notebooks from Wal-mart and library and internet studies wrap up our needs for science this year.
~So after a blessing last night my worries about all these decisions floating around in my mind are abated and I am feeling ready to hop in with new or improved habits, routines, and using our resources and time more wisely! Ha! Atleast I am excited even if my capacities for change is a LOT slower than my brain!