Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Starting School

Ivy loved these baby goats at the auction in Sherman NY. They weren't so crazy about her
but she wasn't to be put off. She just grabbed them right out from under their mammas!

Well, I have decided to start 'school' a week early, trying to cram in an extra week before we leave for Ukraine. Here in TN, we have a long Christmas vacation so I may cut ours short by a week then, too. By Tennessee law I have to fill 180 days at four hours a day though I have no curriculum requirements. I am free to direct their learning schedule.

I am really very impressed by the Sonlight curriculum. I like how so much of it is relaxed and based on reading a wide array of books, allowing our children to be well-read while still having the knowledge found in textbooks. I am stealing their idea and combining some of how I was homeschooled and making my own way this year. Next year, I may buy one of their complete courses including teacher's notes and everything but for this year I can't afford it! One year is about $1,000 but that would be re-usable for each following child or several at once because of the type of learning it is. For instance, this year I am going to be reading A Child's History of the World to Hannah but Annette will be able to listen to the short stories as well. So she will be learning in kindergarten the same stuff as Hannah in third grade, just filtered through her 5-year-old mind.

Anyway, I am planning to fill this early week full of fun learning activities, no math or writing or such. I am going to teach Hannah to cook at the stove, Annette to tie her shoes, Hannah to ride a two-wheeler (no, she hasn't learned yet! But although we live on a hill, she can practice in the street now that it is a dead end.) That sort of thing. We're making a list and starting...tomorrow! ( Actually, we are unofficially learning this sort of thing all the time but I am going to be able ot count it towards our attendance this way)
A big thanks to those of you who weighed in, on the blog and otherwise. Kelli mentioned a website that I tried to look at and my internet went out but I do intend to follow up on that and some of you that homeschool may want to as well. Just read her comment on my last post.

Addendum: I looked into it and you may want to too! There are loads of cool door prizes and an open house, advice-sharing format. Here is the Link so that you can find out for yourself!
Thanks, Kelli!


Nataliya said...


Thank you for stopping by our blog! I really hope your dossier will be submitted very soon! No, we are not using Cathy Harris, our facilitator's name is Sergey Kazimirskiy.

I really admire your decision to homeschool your kids! Are you going to continue it when your Ukrainian kids come home?

david santos said...

Thanks for your work and have a good week

Anonymous said...

that goat in the picture is saying
maaamaaa it sounded so sad i put it down. that is for one second!

Melissa E. said...

That was my daughter Hannah.

Anonymous said...

Great job! I love getting a sneak peek at your school year... sounds like you have a great plan this year. I have a heart for TN - some day I want to come and visit that beautiful conservative state.

Come on by and say hello sometime.

socalval #44

Anonymous said...

Have a great year!


Andrea said...

Hi, Melissa, I just wanted to let you know that I have also started a blog: http://stangefamily.blogspot.com/
Just thought you might get a kick out of it now and then.

Kristi said...

Hi there! We used SL last year and this year we will use it for read alouds. Good luck with your homeschooling and the adoption!!

God Bless!

Melissa Markham said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip to the Ukraine. Sounds like you are having an awesome school year ahead.

I love your name too:) Have a blessed year!

Melissa Markham said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip to the Ukraine. Sounds like you are having an awesome school year ahead.

I love your name too:) Have a blessed year!

Melissa E. said...


Melissa E. said...

thanks. Just though I'd say that twice! *wink*

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your homeschool. We have something in common, my name is Melissa and I too have a daughter named Hannah! Have a great year. God's blessings to your homeschool.

Anonymous said...

Happy Homeschooling!!

Theresa #14

Tiany said...

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this “Homeschool Open House 2007” It has been such fun putting it together but getting a peek into your homeschool days has been the real blessing in all of this! Making some new friends along the way is the icing on the cake!

I greatly enjoyed your post,(loved the pic) it was fun getting to learn a bit about your family and your days!

I pray you have a very blessed, fruitful and productive homeschool year!

Please email me with the subject “Open House” and in the email please send your link number from my post (I need to know what number you are on the Mister Linky) so that I can get your gift to you!


Hugs & Blessings~