I’ve had to refocus and get back on track a few times already this year. I think that’s pretty typical for any homeschool family. I’d say it’s really important for new homeschoolers to do this. At first, we weren’t sure of how much time we’d have or what kind of restraints we’d have. When first choosing our classes, I went for all the basic subjects and knew I could edit as needed.
When we first started and for the entire first grading period, we did the basics. Our subjects included English, Math, Spelling, Social Studies, Science and Reading. On top of that, K was doing Religion, Handwriting and Journal. We don’t keep up well on the Journal. For some reason, I can’t bring myself to enforce that one.
I had some “specials” ready to go at any time, but we didn’t do them much until we had our schedule down and all the basics. Some might call these electives. For the 2nd quarter, we added Life Skills and Safety, P.E. and Health, Music, Art and Spanish. Spanish has been totally dropped. One of the things the pissed me off about public and private school was that she was forced to learn Spanish. I don’t think any child of any age should be forced to learn a certain language, especially when it’s for others and not that child. Anyway, that’s a personal choice. However, we will add a foreign language later, but it will be K’s choice and we’ll do it right with curriculum.
Life Skills is all about things that will help her in “real life”. Sometimes it’s cooking, cleaning or working on the car. Other times, it’s people skills, careers and other such topics. Safety is just that, different types of safety whether it’s storms, fire, working on a car or cooking. We do this one day a week, which is the same for all the “specials”.
P.E. and Health is pretty much what it’s called as well. In Health, she works on what it’s like to be a girl, parts of the body, diet, food pyramid and more. We’re not strict about P.E. as long as she’s getting exercise. Often it includes chasing her dog around the back yard until they drop. She’s also in a homeschool bowling league one day a week and that’s a good indoor workout!! Right now in Health, she’s doing the respiratory system, so it entails many things.
We haven’t done much for Music yet. She’s learned about a couple composers and types of music. She’s very diverse in what she listens to. Everything except Hip Hop/Rap. She enjoys learning about all things Music. Art is much the same. We’ll pick an artist, she’ll learn about that person and then try to recreate one of their works. We haven’t done much with this class yet, but we’re expanding. She really loves working with different mediums, so this class will definitely grow.
In the next installment of “Homeschool 101”, I’ll discuss schedules. Subjects very much has to do with schedules, time limits and length of class.