“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I strive to make those words a reality in my home daily. I love how music fills our space and makes it seem more interesting and loftier than it really is. I am an art-lover and take time to admire beauty often. We play great music all day long to go along with our schooling.
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The greatest service we can do to education today is to teach fewer subjects.
No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty,
and when we force a boy to a mediocrity in a dozen subjects,
we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.
~ C.S. Lewis
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OUR DAILY SCHEDULE
The following is an overview of the core subjects we will cover in the 2013-2014 school year. We study subjects together when I need to be ahead of him. When I have a subject I don’t want to teach such as music or a foreign language, I find a mentor or class. This schedule leans toward engineering and science because that is my student’s interest. This is the beauty of homeschooling. My child does not have to wait until he is older to study the fields that suit his God-given interests. I can incorporate academics around his interests so that he will be equipped for college.
- BIBLE – Community Bible Study
- WRITING – History-Based Writing Lessons by IEW.
- GRAMMAR – Our Mother Tongue by Nancy Wilson
- SPELLING – Spellingcity.com and Sequential Spelling by Dan McCabe.
- VOCABULARY – We use a variety of FREE online flashcard sets to study common roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Our favorite site is Quizlet.
- HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, SOCIAL STUDIES – Streams of Civilization
- SCIENCE – Exploring Creation with Physical Science by Apologia
- MATH – Saxon, Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org and Timez Attack http://www.bigbrainz.com/Multiplication.php
- TYPING – I use a typing tutor program that allows me to use my own homemade typing tests. We often use text from scripture and speeches.
- LIFE SKILLS – Homeschooling is our lifestyle. Whatever we are interested in or need to learn becomes a subject we study, for example, we have studied consumer math via discount shopping, making a favorite meal, solar cooking year round (even in adverse weather), natural health remedies, identifying edible weeds, basic auto mechanics, general maintenance and repairs.
- HEALTH SCIENCE AND PE – We use our gym membership for regular PE classes such as Pilates and Yoga. We also do swimming and strength training.
- MUSIC AND ART – We cover these through out the year, but have not used a specific textbook
- SCIENCE FAIR – We participate in our science fair each year.
- ROBOTICS – a Lego Robotics team
- COMMUNITY SERVICE – My son and I teach chess and tutor in math.
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The most effective kind of education is that a child should play
amongst lovely things.
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I do not know who the author is, but I agree with her and like how she wrote this:
What I Really Want Them to Learn
This is the standard by which we assess planning and curriculum choices in our home.
Bible – That they may know absolute truth. “And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15
Reading – That they may read and comprehend God’s Word. “They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.” Nehemiah 8:8
Communication (written & oral) – That they may share their faith clearly and with confidence. “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” I Peter 3:15
Literature – That they may learn character through the experiences of others. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Phil. 4:8
Theology/Doctrine – That they may know what they believe and why. “So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” Ephesians 4:14
Math – That they will understand that God, through his very word, establishes and maintains time and order. That we are stewards of God’s resources. “He determines the number of the stars;he gives to all of them their names.” Psalm 147:4
History (church, world, and local) – That they may see the providential hand of God at work in the world around them. That they may learn from those who have gone before. “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” I Cor. 10:11
Science/Nature Study – That they may learn about the Creator by studying the design of his creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God,and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
Foreign Language/Geography – That they may proclaim the Gospel to ALL. “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15
Art/Music – That they may learn to express their worship of Creator God. “He put a new song in my mouth,a song of praise to our God.Many will see and fear,and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3
Note to self: The other stuff doesn’t matter. It’s just a distraction from my real purpose.