Well, I have grand hopes for our summer. Of course, we're busy like crazy, so i don't know how much school will get done. Rose Bud is going to earn $20 a week watching Sunshine two mornings a week. And I think I'll pay Daisy something to watch him for an hour the other two mornings
My plan is to do some school with Banana Boy on a regular basis, mainly some reading. He's never been much into books and so I haven't read to him as I should have. He's interested in science, so I think we'll read through some sciencey books together.
I've been meaning to blog about a great resource on the net that I'm going to loosely use with Sunshine. Many of you who already homeschool, probably know about it, but I wanted to share it for my adoption friends.
It's a homeschool curriculum for preschoolers called Letter of the Week. It's fairly rigorous academically, which is not popular in all preschool circles. But if you are able to be flexible and to pick and choose, there are some great ideas and suggestions here and it's very well organized for you.
Now, Sunshine is 3, but in looking through this curriculum I realized that in some areas he is no where NEAR age level in this curriculum. So what I am doing with him is to go all the way back in her Brightly Beaming Babies and Brightly Beaming Toddler curriculum, which is for newborn to 2, and I will be "catching him up." I figure he missed a lot of things as an infant that he would have gotten having one-on-one with a mommy. So we'll be doing little snippets, maybe at a more advanced pace than on the schedule. Part of this I will be having Rose Bud and Daisy do with him during their playtime with him.
I have to sit down with the printouts and pick out some specific activities. I'll try to post the schedule here as I get to it.
As for the rest, the plan for Daisy is to continue with grammar, spelling and math as well as state geography (we're about half-way done) and American history.
Pepper will be doing grammar, state geography and American history, plus math games.
Banana Boy will be reading with me, working on HIS reading, and playing math games.
And I told Rose Bud she should pick out something to study for the summer. Being Rose Bud, she immediately got out her Key to Fractions book and started working through it. She was bound and determined to finish the whole book that night. I finally made her go to bed at 9 pm with 4 pages to go in the book. She's in Book 3, so that project should keep her busy another week or so (there are 10 books total). Actually, she and Jay Bud, next door, are interested in WWII, so I may steer them in that direction. Probably I'll just get her a bunch of books to read. I remember being absolutely obsessed with the Holocaust when I was that age and reading tons of historical fiction about kids who lived through it (like Anne Frank). edited to add: actually Anne Frank did not live through it, as she died. But she lived it.
In addition to all that, we have swimming lessons (Pepper, BB and Sunshine), gymnastics (Pepper), T-Ball (BB), Bible Camp (Rose Bud and Daisy), VBS (everyone) and 3 vacations (a 4-day church campout, a week in a cabin in Missouri and 4 days at Family Camp) A special end-of-summer event will be Pepper's tonsilectomy. Oh, and RoseBud has 3 days of band camp.