ByGrace3 Posted July 5, 2012 Share Posted July 5, 2012 If you were rigorous in the grammar stage do have any regrets? I don't mean about parent's attitude or how you handled it, but simply a rigorous academic focus in the early years. I have been thinking a lot lately about academic rigor and balance thereof in the early years. I am not exactly sure what I am looking for, or even that I can articulate this well, but I am going to try! :tongue_smilie: We homeschool for several reasons. On the top of the list are Biblical literacy, character development, and rigorous academic pursuit. This three prong goal works together to fuel our homeschool, and I do not believe in sacrificing any of them at the pursuit of the other. Perhaps I am in denial but I do believe we can pursue all three without compromise. :tongue_smilie: In the grammar stage (k-4) I often hear (and read) of a minimalist attitude when it comes to academics. I am not a minimalist. I believe in establishing a strong academic foundation in the grammar stage on which to build upon in logic and rhetoric. Could everything I teach in grammar stage be "caught up on" later? Yes, but then I could be using that time instead to "build upon" the foundation already laid. I agree that the 4 R's are primary. We prioritize Bible, Laguage Arts and Math. Science and history are seen as "extra" but we do try to get to them regularly. I do prioritize play and understand that a child learns best through play in the younger years. All preschool is play based in our house, and while K transitions slightly, we are not workbook people. I desire an academic homeschooling experience, but I also understand that each of my children have different needs, and am willing to be flexible. For example, dd finished first grade and hates school. :( This makes me sad and while I may need to accept that she might never "like" it, I want to do what I can to develop a love of learning in her and have made some changes in curriculum to this end for next year. While I do desire academic excellence, I also desire my dc to have plenty of time for play and plenty of time for us to be a family outside of homeschooling. Sometimes I feel we are a "homeschooling" family and not just a family. Does that make any sense? :confused: For first grade, dd probably spent 3/3.5 hours a day on what we count as "school" (math: 45 minutes; LA: 1 hr 15 min; piano: 30 min; history/science: 30 min; read aloud/projects 30+) I imagine next year will be similar. However, adding ds in K, the schedule seems to take over the day. (ds 5: OPGTR, HWOT K, RSA/MM 1A joining in for science and history) dd is in the early stages of competitive gymnastics and is at the gym about 8.5 hours a week. Add a toddler to the mix and activities for ds, church commitments, and well, things are busy. Honestly, busy is good. I tend to waste too much time and not invest it where it should be when we are not busy, so I kind of am ok with it. But in the back of my mind I am wondering if I will have regrets. Will I look back and think we should have spent less time on "school." I do fear if we did less school we would replace it with nothing, and I know I would regret that. We are a part of a large homeschool group and have regular field trips and outings. Telling me to just relax and enjoy my kids, go on nature walks and "learn" just doesn't work around here. It isn't my personality or my kids. I know we need a schedule, a plan, but yet, I fear I am doing something wrong by doing it this way. I think mostly this is fueled by my dd constantly saying things like "I don't like school" or "I hate reading" etc. Is this just a part of life? learning is work? I want to do what I can to facilitate a love of learning, but I don't want to sacrifice learning to get it. dd loves Bible and science and we are not making any changes here. dd has a hard time with math, she does fine but it is work. She is working above grade level here and my plan this year is to slow it down, add more games and have her get closer to grade level to ease the dislike for math. History: dd hated history this year. Partially bc I got frustrated with her lack of comprehension (same for WWE). I know I need to work on my attitude here, and I also am switching to SL for history to give her an experience I think she will enjoy. (stepping off the 4 yr cycle is a sacrifice for me! But I think it will be worth it!) :tongue_smilie: She loves read alouds and I am hoping this will make me more consistent with them, since they are "scheduled." ;) LA: dd is reading well, but she doesn't "like" it. She is reading through the SL grade 3 readers, and when she finishes these, will move to the grade 4/5 readers. I also hope to get her interested in a series or something she will actually enjoy. Spelling (AAS), FLL, and handwriting are fine. WWE is a struggle. She has some issues with some of the details, but goodness so do I! :lol: We are planning to continue with WWE 2 but if it continues to be a battle, I am willing to switch. ok, now that I have written a book, and have no idea what I am looking to hear . . . :lol: thoughts? Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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