Dec 31, 2009

More Homeschooling

I've determined that the most challenging part of this process for me is knowing what I should be teaching. You'd think it would be easy to find the standards for each grade level, but not really. However...I did find a list on the World Book's website. That will help. I'm thinking I can make a little checklist for each grade, so I have some guidance as to what lessons to prepare.

I also found a great site for PreSchool and Early Elementary literature centered lessons.'snew.php I've printed the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Giving Tree, Goodnight Gorilla, and I will never NOT EVER eat a Tomato units. Going to try to do one with the girls over the weekend...we'll see how it goes. :)

Came back to add:  A dear friend helped me locate the State of IN standards for each grade for each "subject".  (Thanks!) 

Dec 30, 2009

Homeschooling Maya...our journey

OK - I really think, with the uncertainty in my job situation, and the stress she's been under at school, that Homeschool Maya next year is the right thing to do. So, I have about 6 months to prepare...first for the summer, where I will be working with both girls, and then for full time school for Maya starting in August. Hopefully this will be a good place to keep track of ideas, links, etc. I think my FIRST step should be doing reseach about how to be successful, how to approach things, and how to make it enjoyable. The rest should fall into place after that. I have a book at home called "The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start" ( ) - I guess I should start our journey there... ;)

Here's a start...

The Pioneer Woman Homeschools -
Pre-K themes, ideas, etc.
Charlotte Mason Approach - Free Curriculum
LOTS of Stuff -
More Free Stuff - AtoZ Homeschooling -