Friday, July 31, 2009

Book Lists

Museum of Natural Science has a list of books. Why? Reading will expand your mind!

Writing well. I want my child be able to write. I will put items in a box, and have him make a list. Then have him add a descriptive word to each item, and so on.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


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We have our curriculum.

I have his whiteboard and dry erase markers ready. The first two boxes have arrived, well the books part anyways. I am completely overwhelmed today - all of Magnus books arrived - 80 lbs worth.

I unpacked each box, each subject and checked all the equipment. It is all there.
Art 3
Health & Fitness 3 (Texas)
Intro. to Music
Introduction to Online Learning K-3
Language Skills 3
Literature 3
Math 3
Physical Education 3 (Texas)
Science 3 (Texas)
Social Studies 3 (Texas)
Spelling 3
Cursive / Handwriting (Grade 3) and (Grade 4)
Strategies for Success: Grade 3
Study Island

There are four more boxes coming for his 'classroom' in the dining room. Computer, Monitor, Printer, and Accessories. I know that he will have some online lessons. The online lessons blend text, photos, illustration, animation, audio, and interactivity, giving students an opportunity to see and examine aspects of the world that might otherwise be out of reach. Away from the computer, activities such as reading, planting seeds, or building a model keep things new and exciting and allow students to get hands-on experience. This is truly what I wanted, however.

WOW, with them all laid out on the kitchen table, that is a mess of books. The same thought kept running through my mind. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Yes this was my choice. Yes this was my decision. Yes I continue to stand by it. But that doesn't not mean that I feel 100% confident that I can eat the whole elephant. (I think we are going to need a bigger knife.)

The curriculum is the exact same one that the Klein ISD uses, so that at least reassures me that no matter what, he will be on tract with his peers. Once I sit down and map out my Lesson Plan, which is the next step and seriously a HUGE undertaking. Up until now, I have just logged in, googled and found what local community resources were available and taken advantage of them as they come. They never give you more than 90 days advance notice. How in the world am I supposed to pre-plan 9 months? The school does not have the online lesson schedule available yet. So I am PRE-panicking.

I walked way from the pile, went to the local library to get some more books about homeschooling and get some more 'education'. It is really difficult, Sverre would be more comfortable if I had that year of education classes at the University instead of boning up on math and chemistry that I took. I wish that he would help me feel more confident instead of pointing out all of my inadequacies, I am already a PhD in that. I did my best to explain that I know my objective.

I want my child to develop a love of learning, not just memorize the answers for the test, but to understand and love the process of learning. Not just read to get the skittle, but to read because he want to learn, to write because he want to share what he has experienced. Sverre continues to worry about him being educated enough to go to college. I want him to want to continue to learn even after college like his mom, or instead of college, like his dad.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Houston Zoo

Oh this was the best experience.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wii Music

We are going to be totally ready this year.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sign up Completed

Banking lesson courtesy of Chase and Wellsfargo Banks at Children's Museum and Kidtropolis

Texas Virtual Academy
We spent a couple of hours collecting the documentation to complete enrollment and faxed everything in.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Homeschool Mission Statement

  • Our purpose in homeschooling is to give our children an individualized, quality education with a solid foundation of civilized values, moral character, ethical standards, and honest charity that promote the individual and common good.

  • Our belief is that learning is a lifelong adventure in which the whole family shares; and that children minds readily absorb knowledge when they have stability in their surroundings, love, encouragement, and discipline, together with the freedom to wonder, explore, imagine, and ask questions.

  • Our goal is for our children to be independent thinkers, able to learn at their own pace, pursue their own interests, and develop confidence and self-discipline in the comfort and security of their own home. We foster and promote doing good and living well in the hear and now, and leaving the world a better place for those who come after.

  • Our plan is to love, encourage, teach, and correct our children; to protect them from negative peer pressure, false teachings, and bad temptations that would harm their developing spirit; and to surround our children with authority figures who believe that we should be excellent to each other.

  • Our hope is that we will raise our children to do their best, to realize their special talents, to be concerned for the needs of others, to become responsible citizens, to be morally wise, to be skillful and knowledgeable in every area that will be useful to them in their future, and to grow up to live fulfilling lives that positively contribute to society.