Thursday, July 30, 2009

Curriculm

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We have our curriculum.
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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.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds great so far, Kat. And I have shared in your pre-panicking thoughts in terms of Scott, too. If this year doesn't go better than his 1-3rd grades did, I'm right there with you. And I think they won't get very long to figure it out!

    So, tell me (just in case), did everything come as a pre-packed package with your curriculum, or did you have to choose which textbooks to buy? Inquiring minds and all...

    Missy

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  2. Everything was selected for me as a 'core' package.
    Math Text / Work books and supplies
    Spelling Text and Work books
    Language Books
    Literature Books
    Social Studies Text and Work books
    Health & P.E. Text / Work books and supplies
    Music DVD and CD's
    Art Books and supplies
    Science Text / Work books and supplies

    as well as
    computer
    monitor
    printer

    what I have been given is the core basics, what I have is the freedom to add in things like youtube videos and DVD videos and replace things like Wii sports and music to aid me in teaching the core objectives.

    the most stress relieving thing was that the Lesson list is created for me, Now I can edit it to fit my needs, but at least I have the basic recipe.

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