Thank you. THANK YOU!
Of course, now all we can think about is this new adventure. It has made us look at and think about our current adventure in a different way. Not "we better milk this summer for all its worth" or "well, when the girls go back to school we'll have to....". Our whole way of thinking has changed. Our plans are new and exciting. To be totally honest, we're a little giddy. Giddy, I tell you!
In addition to the advice and information from experienced homeschoolers (which I am incredibly thankful for and will accept at any time, thankyouverymuch!) many of you who are discerning whether or not homeschooling is right for your family, or are planning to homeschool sometime in the future, have expressed an interest in following along as all this unfolds. And since this is the beginning, what better time to start than now?
First, if you'd like to read my very first discernment post entitle Confessions of a Wannabe Homeschooler , it might help to know that you're not alone in your questions and concerns. Maybe we have more in common than you think!
Okay, onto what's happening now...
What I've Been Reading
Michigan is extremely homeschooler friendly. We didn't know that when we moved here, but God is super clever and has choreographed out all sorts of wonderful "coincidences" in our lives, so this one just isn't that surprising to us in retrospect. I share this with you because it'll help you to understand why, despite the fact that we live in a very highly-rated school district, our parish is rife with spectacular homeschooling families, some of whom have been instrumental in giving us the confidence to make this leap.
What does this have to do with reading, you ask? Patience, my friend! I'm getting to that right now. One of my fellow parishioners, whose brain I decided to pick during doughnut time after mass a few weeks ago, asked me if I had read Elizabeth Foss' book Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home.
If any of you has read this book and know me or went to UD, your reaction to my reaction is probably going to be something along the lines of "Well, duh!" but I'm gonna go ahead and say it anyway: My goodness, I just love this woman. I love her interpretation and implementation of Charlotte Mason. I love her appreciation for family and living books. And of course, I applaud, cheer, do a mental jig at her insistence that people come up with their own ideas.
Books! Ideas! Nature walks! Books! Art! Music! Books!
What We've Ordered
I've not planned everything out yet (I know. It's been several HOURS since we finally made our decision. What is wrong with me???), but I already know that I will not be purchasing a formal curriculum for these grade levels. But I did, at the request of my dear children, hop on board with the Top Secret Adventures Club from Highlights Magazine. Basically it's like "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego", but there are multiple villains who you chase through different countries by finding clues hidden in word and critical thinking puzzles.
What We're Making
Alright. I saw this totally adorable and "easy to make" alphabet mat online and I was all "this looks so easy!" and the girls were all like "yeah!" and I was all like "let's make it and we can teach Paul to spell!" and they were all like "double yeah!". And wow. I will have to do a post all about our efforts because "easy" is apparently a relative term. As in "This is easy relative to sewing an elaborate wedding gown for the Duchess of York". This is about how far we've gotten:
So there you have it. Phase 1.1 of operation Borobia Academy (not its real name. Pretty much I'm not planning on giving it a name. Should I? Feel free to weigh in on that. Or anything else for that matter). As always, your advice and suggestions are encouraged!