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I love organizing things.

No, really! I do.

It’s the whole keeping them organized part that I’m terrible about.

Nevertheless, this is the system we’re starting out with. It has been a hit over at the Well Trained Mind Forums, and when the hive mind, as they call it, takes to something that hard, it’s best to sit up and pay attention. I’m trying to get better about listening to communal wisdom before I strike out on my own.

So I spent a lot of today ripping pages out of all our shiny new consumable books (Eep! Very hard for me. I am not a book ripper) and filing them in the appropriate weekly folder. So far I’ve got Marky’s math and Colin’s math, Latin and history all separated out and filed. I’m working on getting the science pages and supplies together. It’s been pretty exciting, not only because I like organizing, but because I’m getting a pretty detailed overview of what to expect. First grade is fun! The prospect of sharing all these goodies with Colin and Marky is pleasant indeed.


Oh, where do I even begin with this?

What curricula you use is influenced by so many factors– budget, time, religious perspective, educational model. The sheer number of choices in any given subject area can be overwhelming. In the end, you just have to pick something and go with it.

One of the nice things about home schooling is how much flexibility we have in this area: if, for instance, we use Elemental Science this year and we all hate it, or we think it’s not substantive enough, or whatever, then we can try Noeo or Academy of Science for Kids next year.

So. For the most part I am using suggestions given in The Well-Trained Mind. After spending some time reading the curriculum boards at the WTM Forums, I’ve added in a few things here and there. This is what we are planning for Colin this year, his first grade year:

Marky will participate in the Bible, Art & Music, Physical Education and Reading above, as well as working on:
We haven’t finalized the details yet, but I am anticipating our weekly schedule  looking something like this:
  • Monday through Friday mornings: Bible (in the mornings, as a family, before Peter goes to work), Math, Spelling, Reading, Writing, Latin
  • Monday and Wednesday afternoons: Science
  • Tuesday and Thursday afternoons: History
  • Friday afternoons: Music & Art Appreciation
I just hope we have enough to fill up our time. Gosh, I hope we don’t get bored.

Heh. YES, it seems like a lot. It is a lot. Remember, though, that all the morning subjects probably won’t take more than half an hour each, and the afternoon subjects 45 minutes to an hour. So, not counting the reading we do just for fun, we’re talking about four hours a day.

In any case,  if we do get overwhelmed, I’ll drop Latin. He doesn’t have to learn it in first grade! If we are still overwhelmed, I can dial back the intensity on music & art, or drop one of the phys ed commitments. Flexibility, remember?

That’s what I keep telling myself, anyhow.

Edited to add: No plan of battle survives first contact with the enemy, right? If you are a veteran home school mom cackling at my naivete and enthusiasm right now, please feel free to tell me in the comments. My feelings won’t be hurt. We’re learning as we go, here, and I welcome input.