Thursday, February 17, 2011
Potential and Possibilities
So that leaves me back where I always fall - eclectic homeschooler. Which of course, means thousands of options and possibilities. Right now, I'm concentrating on my oldest. She has specifically asked to do some work "on the computer," so I think we'll use PowerSpeak for a foreign language. I am also planning to take my family to Costa Rica for a month for a living language program, but that may or may not happen next year. It will happen at some point - I'm determined!- but the timing is TBD right now. And I own Auralog, but I think I'll hold off on that until she has a firmer base. It seems like a very good program, but perhaps too unstructured for her right now as she doesn't speak Spanish at all.
As for the other subjects... sigh. Math, we will stay the course with Teaching Textbooks and Math Mammoth. She is absolutely improving with these two programs and while math isn't her strong area, she is making strides. Art and Music - right now, I think we (a) get lots of these just living life, visiting museums, going to performance, talking with artists and musicians, learning an instrument, etc.; and (b) I like my approach for the rest - we do monthly musician studies (this basically means reading a biography, watching a biographical movie, and listening to lots of his/her music, followed by creating a reflection (either by drawing or writing); in art we do a weekly project (we also do so many other art projects they choose I can't always keep up, so I know we're covered). But the "meaty" subjects of Language Arts, History and Science... I'm still researching options and getting her input. There's lots of potential for a wonderful year, and I'm looking forward to it!