Monday, October 10, 2011
Today's challenge in homeschooling? Explaining continents, countries, states, colonies, cities, and their differences. It took a while and a lot of repeating, but we made some headway.
I decided to keep the 1985 edition of Bob Jones University Heritage Studies because it discusses our country and the role that God has played in our country becoming a country. So today we discussed the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and how we became 13 States. Can you name all 13 States? I can . . . now. Before today's lesson, I had to Google it so I would have accurate information.
After lunch we will tackle Science, Spelling, Reading, and of course, Beka's favorite Hooked on Phonics. I am keeping Elizabeth in Lesson 1 because I want her to read better and not quite so stilted. Right now, reading is not her strong suit, but I have faith in God and Elizabeth that He will help her tackle this problem and conquer it.
I am wondering about our Science bean though, it doesn't seem to be doing much changing these days. Did I pick a bad bean? Or do they actually roast them before you buy them as Chris suggested?
On a happy note, I am starting to do a Women's Bible Study with my friend Heather. We are going to study the book of Romans. And I decided to do my own study of 1 Samuel. I'd like to refresh my memory of Biblical History since I am working with the girls are learning the Bible and it's history. It is one of many reasons why I decided to home school - the freedom to teach my daughter's about Christ and remove many of the distractions I found myself fighting with Sarah and Elizabeth both.
I am eagerly awaiting our English workbook, and Science Teacher text that I found on e-bay and I have a complete Heritage Studies kit coming but since today is Columbus Day, the mail won't be delivering today.
I also find myself wondering if I have lost my mind. I am no teacher, but I also know that letting Washington State be in charge of the girls schooling isn't a good option either. I've been struggling with this decision for quite some time now - home school, don't home school? In the end, I realized that it is better for the girls to be at home and to have me teaching. I have a large dry erase board, we are slowly gathering supplies and resource materials, and at this rate, we'll definitely need to move into a house by next Fall so we have more room for home schooling. I'd like to no longer pay for a storage unit and it would be nice to have a garage as well.
I hope you all have a good week.