I know I mentioned to you all that we began our school year last week...
2012 is a year which marks a few changes in the Sunnyside School room. When we began homeschooling in 2009 I truly didn't know if we would last this long & if it would suit us, but we have been pleasantly surprised how well it works for our family ~ sure it is a whole lot of work for me at times, but I've always said that I'd rather be busy than bored & I thoroughly enjoy the teaching side of it! I love spending time with my children. Even on the difficult days ( & there certainly are those) I wouldn't change it ~ each child is unique & a blessing from God! This year I have 4 'official' students with Eli & Jud beginning what is their 'official' education!
These are their " First day of schooling" photos for the year:
free typing tutor online over the holidays & although he still has to complete it I have been pleasantly surprised with how well he is going with touch typing. This year he will continue to study Maths, English, History, Science, PDHPE & Art ( including drama & music) as per the requirements.
ELI & JUD ~ I hate to bundle these two together all the time, but in this situation I'd be writing the same thing. The boys begin kindergarten this year & I've decided to embark into using the Spalding method for their literacy component (which lets face it makes up most of their schooling). I'm a little hesitant as I don't know if I have a complete grasp on the method, so I'm studying up. It really is an excellent, well tested method that gives fantastic results. I am hoping to bring in elements of it with Zai & Ellie as well as I think it can only be beneficial to their literacy skills. The boys will also complete Maths, History, Science PDHPE & Art at a foundation level. These are such fun lessons & a lot of what we are doing for first term is a revision of what they did last year in our preschool times ( let me recommend doing a good preschool program with your children the year before they begin their official education ~ I made ours up myself, but it has been so beneficial to my boys (& was so much fun for me :) ).
As with every new year I like to do a new MOTH schedule & since I just L..O..V..E... reading other people's schedules (I am wondering if I'm normal) I thought I'd share ours with you just in case you are like me :) (Remember a schedule is only a guide of how your 'perfect' day would go ~ none have ever gone perfectly yet!)
HERE is the link to an actual copy of our schedule
(Sorry I don't know how to put a word document directly on here).
You may be amazed at how much time I've set for school work. Our course I will admit is rather work heavy, but I also like to leave plenty of time for schooling in case a concept takes time to be understood or some distraction happens ( which is rather often for one of my students.... I'll let you guess which one). Also we only school 4 days a week leaving the 5th day for get-togethers such as our homeschool group (monthly), a dance class with other home schooling families or some farm work which requires a day off the books. If we end up with an extra day (which is rarely), I always find some kind of project for the children to complete. This gives me flexibility & still I am able to make sure they cover all the required work.
I've found if I'm dilligent in getting up on time & keeping myself in schedule during the day it helps everyone be on track as well.
Today I'm joining up with other Aussie homeschooling Mums:
I hope you all have a wonderful year full of learning & fun!