This year we started school a little earlier than we normally do. We started on July 1st. The reason for this is because Dh will be deploying next year and we wanted to be able to take some time off before he leaves. He is due to leave in January of 09′.
I think my main problem this year is keeping things on track. I love organizing, but can never seem to stick to it. I have even started a management binder to help me out this year, but I am still having trouble. One of the things I notice is that the girls tend to not do their work as good as they could if I am out of the room and doing other things. They want me to sit with them all day. Sorry, can’t do that. I will give them their assignments and then leave the room trusting that they are doing what I ask of them. Unfortunately the truth comes out around test time. We are also really trying to focus on study habits this year.
I am curious, do you stay with you children while they are working? Do you just hand them their assignments and walk away or do you go over each and every lesson with each child and then let them do the work. What about if you have more than one child (which most of you do). I find that if I am working with one child you can bet that the other one will come up to me and ask for help. I suppose that until my last child graduates I will continue to look for better ways to teach our children, because I just don’t feel adequate right now. I don’t think I ever will.
Moving on, here is what our 2008-2009 agenda looks like.
S. 10th grade
Teaching Textbooks Algebra (we love this)
BJU Writing and Grammar (we attempted Jensen’s Grammar, but it just wasn’t for us)
Notgrass American History
Apologia Biology (both of the girls love this curriculum)
Spanish (we are using Rosetta Stone)
S. also started taking cello lessons this past year
A. 9th grade
Teaching Textbooks Algebra
BJU Writing and Grammar
Abeka World Geography
Apologia Physical Science
A. will continue playing the violin
We also try to throw in a few misc. things along the way to keep things exciting.