This is the second part of the New School Year Post. In the first part we discussed our methodology and our independent studies in this part I will discuss our 1 Teacher Directed course Writing and our Guided Studies.
Writing: We are continuing with IEW (with both the TWWS & SWI) and I plan to use for all of our Elementary level writers. Right now I think we will transistion into a different writing for Middle School & High School Writing. IEW has a teaching DVD for the students. However, I still need to guide them through their first lesson in each Unit. Then they are able to write on their own for the next couple of lessons (about 2 weeks), until we get to the next unit.
During guided studies there is either a live or recorded teacher. I am still able to maintain my role as tutor while the children receive expert instruction.
Art: Last year we took art lessons because we had an additional income stream that is set to terminate anytime now. Additionally, I am trying to lower the overall cash outgo of our homeschool. Since I wanted to continue Art education but cannot afford the expense and I am bearly able to draw stick figures we are switching to DVDs. We will be using Feed My Sheeep this is a DVD course with a workbook for each student. This is a multi year course and I believe we will be able to use it for at least 3 years.
Music: We believe it is important to be able to make a joyful noise for the Lord accordingly our children will participate in the PGM Choir.The PGM Choir is a free award winning homeschool choir in our area. The three oldest will both do bell choir and singing. We will also joyfully continue Piano lessons with Ms. Bethany. In Piano we are planning on participating in a couple of competitions as well as taking the theory tests.
Co-op This year we will participate in a PE Co-op that meets on Fridays right before PGM Choir practice. Once a month this co-op goes on a field trip. We are really excited about this opportunity to take field trips, exercise & fellowship with other homeschoolers on a regular basis.
This may seem like a pretty full schedule and it is but keep in mind we do not do every subject everyday. I hope your homeschool is both fun and challenging (for the kiddos not Mama) this year!