Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Year My Mother Read to Me

I got really discouraged last week. I feel like I'm failing my kids in so many ways. There isn't enough of me to go around and honestly I'm naturally a slacker. I began to question why I'm homeschooling in the first place. Scary. I am still in the process of pondering what my priorities should be.

I have come upon a theme/focus for this year...The Year My Mother Read to Me. I plan to read aloud to my kids every day from books that I consider to be classics. The 3R's will be next in line with writing being the more important of those three for the 11yo and 14yo. Next, I plan to shore up their weaknesses...whatever their specific needs are. And last, I will strive to find time for Latin, grammar, science, etc.

It's a real plus that my children like to be read to. They seem to view it as a treat. I was a little worried this week when I chose to read them a retelling of Don Quixote. I wasn't sure they would find it interesting after all of the Alex Rider and Percy Jackson and the Olympians we've been reading recently. Guess what? They begged me to continue reading each time I suggested that we find a stopping place. It felt good. It felt right.

What about Alex Rider and Percy Jackson? They'll still be around. Who can give up fast paced adventure stories...and cute boys? c:

Saturday, October 10, 2009


We aren't getting to Tapestry of Grace. I believe it is an awesome program, but 14yo dd is struggling to get the basics done each day (Algebra l, First Form Latin, Analytical Grammar, and BJU Biology). I don't know how we can add more to her plate. So, I'm considering going back to LCC (Latin Centered Curriculum) recommendations. Latin, math, and composition. Of course there is more to it than that but if we can get the core subjects done, I'll feel like I've given the girls what they need.