Anytime I bring up anything related to school this summer
our boys tell me to be quiet, so I am quietly preparing for
next year, because we have decided to homeschool our youngest
two, SJ and AJ for second grade. I am collecting books and ideas,
which is really one of the funnest parts of homeschooling,
and thinking through our schedule and what we want to accomplish.
I like simplicity as far as school is concerned,
and one book I have appreciated is called
She has a lot of back to basics ideas, which I like.
I also like a literature rich curriculum,
so a lot of the books we are using are
from the Sonlight Reading Lists.
We are using a different math curriculum,
called Life of Fred, which I am looking forward to.
Hopefully our kids will like it, it uses stories to teach math.
I have selected Read Aloud books with an American
History theme, and we plan to take advantage of
local museums and go on lots of field trips.
I am hopeful for a fun year!
But then, usually my dreamy notions of how homeschool
will be are rudely shattered by kids who are crying because
they don't want to write in their journal, or learn their