Back to School!

I spent last week making assignment grids and praying for our upcoming school term, and I think we are ready!    Tomorrow brings a celebratory breakfast of doughnuts!  (Several of the children haven’t ever eaten a doughnut, and as responsible parents, we must remedy that lack.)

Our days will flow similarly to years past.   I’ll continue to meet with the olderest three (ages 12, 10, and 8) more as a college professor–meeting a few times through the week to present material, assign, and grade work, but allowing them to work independently and manage their own time between class sessions.  They’ll come to me with occasional questions, but mostly they’ll have freedom to interact directly with the materials and schedule their own study time.  Koine Greek continues to be an exception to this–it’s a subject we do best studying together.

The youngest three (5, 5,  and 7) need me to guide them directly, and their academics are done in a cozy, homey, interactive, way with me right beside them for each step.  It’s a fun balance for me, as I enjoy the two very different teaching roles with the different ages.

Although I can’t imagine others will find it interesting, I’m posting our new, autumn schedule below.  It’s really more of a written routine than a rigid structure, but generally, it’s a pretty accurate picture of our day’s scaffolding.

For those interested in seeing our eclectic curricula choices, I have the basic stuff posted under the “curriculum” tab at the top of this blog.  Go to the curriculum tab at the top, then click on the sub page link for “curricula year-by-year“.    Kaira’s mostly doing the things in the 8th grade section, Kendra 6th, Keianna mostly 4th, Keegan some 1st, some 2nd and some 3rd (he’s uh… diversified?), and Kieran and Kiffanie are still primarily in Kindergarten level work.

PrairieFrogs Fall Schedule (Click to Enlarge)

PrairieFrogs Fall Schedule (Click to Enlarge)

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5 thoughts on “Back to School!

  1. *Several* of your children haven’t ever eaten a doughnut… and you passed your home study? You hid that very well from your social worker. I just can’t get my mind around this. 😛

    • Don’t be too impressed, we don’t study Hebrew at all–my Hebrew teaching consists of showing them how to use a transliterated lexicon. *blush*

      Greek had two things going for it: 1) Like Hebrew it’s a major language of the Bible and 2) Like Latin it’s a classical language and a building block toward a sizable chunk of English word roots. Latin and Hebrew lost out because they could each cover one of those bases, but not two. (There’s also the fact that my brain just can’t seem to wrap around the Hebrew language much at all.)

      It’d be cool if a few of the children study Hebrew at some point as an elective–but it won’t be “required” in our school because mom’s not quite that scholarly. 😉 Maybe a few of the children will take interest in Hebrew and we’ll do an online class or find an enterprising seminary student to tutor…

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