I think it’s safe to assume your reaction would be one of those above…with the foundation of all of your questions being, “why??,” I’ll tell you why. Now when people ask “why”, I can just say, “refer to my blog.” That will save me loads of time. 🙂
1. My kids want to – And, it’s not because they think they’re getting off the hook to do hard work. They sincerely enjoy doing family things. They crave family nights, movie night, vacations, dates with their parents, cooking together, reading together, playing family games, etc. They have seen homeschool in action and can’t wait to get it started!
K12 – I have a friend who LOVES k12 for her kids…she is actually the one who helped me get this homeschool thought turned into a reality. (Thanks, Laurie!) After observing her family in school, having my kids observe them, and asking lots of questions, we decided to take the leap. K12 is an online public school, federally funded. You sign up, they send you everything you need for the year, and you’re on your way! There is an assigned teacher that you communicate with for help and support. The kids check into their classes online but still lots of the work is to be done off the computer. The curriculum gets rave reviews and is separated into lessons…so, you know JUST what your child needs to do and how to teach it. We are going to be doing k12 for History, English, and Spanish. Everything else…I’ve chosen to use something else. That’s one of the great things about k12 too is that you don’t HAVE to take all of their subjects. Obviously, if you choose to do the others on your own, you will need to buy the supplies. Not every state has a k12 program and a brick & mortar school typically sponsors it. Although I live no where near Washington County, I have chosen to join their Utah k12 program…Washington Online. I’m also excited that they are letting my kids take the same history class, even though they are in different grades…that’s great because they can learn together and I only have to prepare one lesson!* Update 6/12 – k12 was good for my first year, but there were several reasons it didn’t work for me. The second year I used Sonlight and liked it much better…except for a few things. This third year, I’ll stop using Sonlight, venture off and do some of the subjects (history, English, reading) on my own.
Music – I’m thinking this year we will start with the basics of musical instruments and classical music. I found the cutest books to introduce different composers to the kids, called Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers. I also want to find a CD for each of the composer to play during school to get the kids familiar with the styles. Maybe one year we’ll learn about folk music, the blues, the 60s, 70s, 80s, etc.! Fun! Eh, I think I might skip right over rap and whatever category Marilyn Manson falls into. 🙂
* Update 6/12 – I decided not to do art, music, and nature every year. We focus on the main subjects and choose one fun subject to study in the year. This last year we studied art and famous artists. Next year, we may do music. We try to use the summertime to do nature studies. It makes for a more realistic schedule, more in-depth study, and less stress.
So, wish me luck! I’ll keep you updated on our successes (and failures) 🙂