I’ve made some last-minute changes to my homeschool plans.
Yesterday I thought better of my idea of doing the same novel study with all three big kids. I asked K to choose a book from a more advanced list; instead, she looked at the most advanced list and said, “This one has all the good books that I want to read!” She had a point: the list included Life of Pi, Pride and Prejudice, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, I am Malala, and The Lightning Thief. If there’s one thing I already know as a homeschooler, it’s that if the kid shows excitement and interest, go with that. So last night saw me downloading a Boomerang (the Brave Writer novel study unit, not the Australian weapon) for The Lightning Thief.
I won’t bore you with all the details, but I’ve tried tonight to get the materials ready to a point where the kids will be excited about getting started. I’ve bought them special mini-notebooks for our first writing project. These I paired with matching pens. The kids caught sight of them and were already eager to start writing in them. E illustrated the cover of hers. You can buy curriculum, but you can’t buy excitement like this… but you can buy cute new school supplies, and that’s almost the same thing.
I’m starting tomorrow off with some Hebrew and Judaic Studies: we’ll be learning Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) which is sort of a “greatest hits” of rabbinic Judaism. All the good quotes are from Pirkei Avot. We’ll discuss the first line, then I’m assigning it as copywork so they can practice their Hebrew writing and reading skills. I’ve got Hebrew notebooks (with the aleph-bet on the back in print and script, for those who aren’t sure) ready, the copywork lines are printed out (in both print and script, which was way harder than it should have been because Google Docs was inadequate), and I think that’s as ready as I’m going to get tonight.
I look forward to regaling you with stories of our first day of homeschool tomorrow. In the meantime, wish me luck.