Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

The beginning of many homeschool posts July 21, 2009

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I’m so excited!! I just bought the bulk of Jack’s 2nd grade homeschool curriculum this evening from someone on ebay. We’re going with Sonlight 1+2 Condensed with the advanced readers just in case you are interested in finding out more about it. The package I bought also includes the science stuff we need too. We’ll have to buy a couple of work books, some more consumable items, and math stuff. I need to make a decision on which math curriculum I want to use. I’m basically as dumb as a rock when it comes to math so I have no clue what to go with. I may end up using Singapore math or maybe Miqon math. I need to go back to the homeschool store (without Andrea…tear) and look through math stuff. I’ll also be going with Handwriting Without Tears. I’ve heard really great things about that. We’ll be starting school in about a month so I need to get on the ball.

The curriculum for history, geography, science, and language arts is primarily made up of a whole slew of books. And not text books. Like actual little novels and stories and stuff. The stuff I’ve chosen is “literature based” so we’ll be doing lots of reading and discussing together. I’m thinking that Jack and I will spend lots of time curled up together on the couch or the bed reading and talking and that sounds pretty cool to me.

I’m sure this whole experience will end up being FAR more challenging than I realize right now. I think Jack and I probably have a pretty rosy idealistic view of how this is going to be. I’m still extremely green on the whole homeschool thing and I’m sure I know absolutely nothing compared to what I’ll know at the end of this school year.

But this is what I know right now:

– He will learn more in less time than in public school.
– He will be encouraged to create, invent, and pretend.
– He will be able to do school without a shirt on if he wants to. Pants too for that matter. Who cares?
– We can read books on the trampoline.
– I will finally have a Bible study partner.
– We will have fun.
– He will grow me as a mom.
– I will become a little less dumb at math.
– I can’t screw him up too bad in nine months.

I can’t believe we’re really finally doing this. We’ve kicked this idea around since before Jack started Kindergarten. But now is the right time.


One Response to “The beginning of many homeschool posts”

  1. thestunzfamily Says:

    What you know is right and you will know more by the end of the year as you said. So cool! I’m excited for you. I will miss being with my kids this year but it’s right for them to go to the International School.

    Keep an eye on Teaching Textbooks for Math. Right now they only start at 4th grade but he may be ready for that one in the 3rd grade. There is a placement test you can do after this year is up. Anna did the 5th grade math in her 4th grade year. Homeschool kids are just smart like that. đŸ™‚

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