Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Homeschool Blog

I've worked laboriously on this weblog. I've spent many long hours into the night on this thing and finally I think it is ready for show and tell! I have decided that I have just too much stuff I want to say about homeschool and the only way to do this is to start a new blog for just that purpose.

The kids are still working through their Math and Reading. Mr Darling and I have decided they wont be taking time off this year. Tink would be going into 7th grade in the fall if she would have stayed in public school. Instead she will be going into 5th grade. The cool thing is that for the first time since preschool she will be doing all of her work at one level. Its taken 3 years to undo what the public school did. Its taken 3 years to give her confidence that she can open a book and do the work in it. Yes, she still had a sensory disorder and she still falls very low on the bell curve for short term memory but we have made huge strides and we are proud of that.

Peter is going into third grade but needs to spend the summer brushing up on phonics and spelling and finishing his Math. He wasn't taught any phonics in the public school and since I just pulled him out in January we couldn't get through the entire second grade in just those few months left. He will be ready to go into third grade in everything but phonics though so I suspect that by Christmas he will even be caught up in that.

Today I am suppose to tutor my granddaughter but I don't think I will be able to. My back is totally killing me.

I'm still sorting through the books and papers and getting the files in order. What a huge job! Tomorrow I plan on going to the Exodus homeschool store and returning some books. Im then going to buy Peters next Math book. Im thinking that the Academy where the kids take some of their classes will pay the 200 dollars needed for Tinks Teaching Textbooks. I'll have to check up on that.

In the meantime you all just have a look around and enjoy yourselves. I am no where near done with this. If you would like your home school blog to appear on the sidebar then just let me know in the comments and I will add you!

14 comments:

  1. This is lovely Mrs Darling. I have really enjoyed reading your homeschool posts at Dispan Dribble over the last three years and its great that you have a special space for them.

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  2. I am so excited. Although I love Dishpan Dribble it will be nice to come here for homeschooling info.

    Thanks for the chat.

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  3. Oh good...a nice place to chat about homeschooling!

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  4. WELL done and Congratulations on the new blog ,its lovley :) Yes, I know what you are going through ,it took us an awful long time to give Aideen (aged 11) confidence in herself and her work , now at last she of her own acord will pick up a book to read ,just for fun...yeah Homeschooling :)

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  5. This is great! Your new digs look lovely. :)

    Here's a question for you: What are your thoughts on the Charlotte Mason combined with Classical Education approach to homeschooling?

    I used The Weaver unit study curriculum the last two years, but I've got to find something different. Any input you have - and I know you're busy - would be fantastic. :)

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  6. ah bluecastle you delight my heqart. I will address this tomorrow.

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  7. Found you!

    I have found Spelling Workout to be good for teaching the phonics of spelling. Level 2 & 3 goes through the long and short sounds, if memory serves, and some things are so easy they can just be skipped if there is nothing specific to be gained. I would imagine the curriculum you're using will be similar if it's Abeka. (Did you mention the curriculum and I missed it?)

    I have my son in Spelling Workout because he did learn some with phonics, then found Calvin and Hobbes and taught himself reading beyond that so I can't be sure how much phonics is understood.

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  8. I put Peter in Spelling Workout 2 just this week! :)I too love those books. I had a level 2 on my shelf so I didnt even have to go buy one!

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  9. Love, Love, LOVE the new homeschooling blog!! We'll be resuming school at our house in just a few short weeks - feel free to add us to your sidebar (if you'd like!). We are so, very excited!

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  10. I love your new blog. Its great to read all your homeschooling posts in one bit.

    I use Spelling Workout (UK ed) with Josh and he loves it and his spelling has really improved as a result.

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  11. It looks great-I'll be here often!

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  12. Will I ever stop posting as one of my sons?! Oh, and I hope your back is feeling better today. My DH has chronic back pain. praying for you.

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  13. I like the look of your new blog! I'm wondering though, should the author of the quote in your header be Henry Ward Beecher? In the header it says "Hanry". I hate to bring it up when you are in pain, but if it were me I would want someone to point it out.

    I'll continue to pray.

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  14. Aha Brandi you are right, I checked over and over for typos and didnt see that. It must have been the heavy meds! Its not going to be easy to change because its written right onto the collage not added into the blog description with a widget. sigh

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