Every so often I contemplate writing my own history curriculum for the kids. This usually happens when I look at the curricula available and lament their shortcomings. So far none meet my standards, but I don’t really have the time to write my own. So I get various books about different times and cobble together a history curriculum without creating a textbook. Right now it’s fairly easy. But really, would it be too much to ask to have a textbook that isn’t just dry dates, doesn’t separate different cultures as if they existed in vacuums, doesn’t exclude Judeo-Christian history, and doesn’t exclude Asia and Africa?
Did you know you can get apps that will have stories in a foreign language and English, or a combination thereof? We have some for French (Princesses Learn French, Puss in Boots, Little Red Hen, and Cinderella), and Kieran and Charlotte love them. I bet they have them in other languages, too. I love that they are willingly listening to these stories and playing games, thus learning some of the language. I don’t know what there is for older kids, but these are great for younger ones.
Speaking of apps used in our home school, I also found the Homeschool Helper app. Let me tell you, it’s amazing. I can set the subjects and how I’ll grade, and then input lessons and grades. There’s also a place for the child’s reading list, attendance, and field trips. Every week it emails me a backup, and I can generate reports as wanted/needed. It certainly helps keep me organized! Well worth it, in my opinion.
I decided that our home school needed a patron Saint. After all, I need all the prayers I can get. I had Kieran and Charlotte suggest a couple of Saints (unsurprisingly, they suggested St Kieran the Younger and St Clare of Assissi), and then I also had a few suggestions. I wrote the names on slips of paper and folded them, then asked the Holy Spirit to guide us. I had Kieran draw out a name, and it was St John Bosco.
Violin has started back for Kieran. Last year Charlotte was the challenge; this year I think it’s Leo. He gets very angry when I prevent him from grabbing the scroll or bow during practice. Amazingly, Kieran can continue playing even with all the distraction.
One of these days the kids will see that the hieroglyph blocks are fun for more than just building towers. Occasionally one (usually Charlotte) will allow me to point out a word on them, but this is rare. For some reason they don’t seem nearly as excited by hieroglyphs as I. They just don’t know the joy of dead languages yet, even though Kieran attended my hieroglyphs lectures with me as a baby. I’m sure listening to Prof Eyre and Roland has stuck with him, he just needs a reminder. 😉
I’ve loved that Kieran has proudly told people that he is homeschooled when they ask if he’s starting back to school. Part of me wonders if he should be so forthright about it, but at the same time, I’m glad he’s excited about it.
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