Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A "Soft Start" to the Homeschool Year

Came across this article this morning, calling for a "soft start" to the homeschool year. I have done this for years, as have a number of other homeschool families I know. We call it "easing in".  The idea is that instead of having a "first day of school" where you jump into all your subjects, we start slowly, with just one or two subjects a week, until we are at full schedule.   It helps both student and teacher to get adjusted to new subjects, new schedules, new routines, without feeling overwhelmed.

I only have one high schooler left at home, so for my 10th/11th grader (5 year plan), it looks like this.  Two weeks ago he started Algebra 2, which involves meeting 2 mornings a week with a teacher for a small group tutorial, and also his weekly basketball training session.  That's all the "school" he did for 2 weeks. This week we add Chemistry and Spanish, for which he attends class one morning a week and works independently the rest of the week.  We also started watching some history videos. Two weeks from now,  we will add English (literature/writing/vocab), which I will be teaching 2 days a week here at our house, with 6 other students. We'll also start back with guitar that week.  We'll be working on a nutrition elective a little at a time as well, and I have a list of books for us to work through -  biographies, Christian worldview, character, etc - so I'll probably start that next week, with  me having one read-aloud going ( yes, for a 16-year-old!!) and him having another that he is working on.  I'm also determined to get him in the kitchen and teach that boy to cook this year.  Being the baby, he is much too accustomed to Mom taking care of him, and seems to know to how to get me to do it without me even realizing.... voodoo, I tell you.