Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Adventures in Homeschooling, Volume I

Some of you may know we homeschool our two boys. Since this is our first formal year, we are taking it one quarter at a time. So we have laid out just the first quarter (8 weeks) of lessons, to span from now until Thanksgiving. We have chosen a theme for each week, from which history and science lessons will stem. We also cover math, handwriting, language arts, and Bible as appropriate for each boy and also relating as much as possible to the theme.

This week's theme is pirates. So, for instance, social studies will be (treasure) map skills and world geography, science this week will include magnets and how to use a compass, math will cover American coins and consumer skills. Bible stories we plan to study are fishers of men, Jonah and the whale, etc. Throughout the year, as situations arise, we'll include life skills such as cooking, sewing, computer skills and media and cultural literacy.

Monday we visited the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC. The boys brought their journals, as you can see them in the first photo doodling pictures of the fish and crabs in tanks. The museum featured a special exhibit on Blackbeard as well.


Anonymous said...

Pirate spelling lessons: Today, we'll start with the letter "R"! Tomorrow, "I"!

If ye had fifteen men in a dead man's chest, and drink and the devil had done for the rest, and if ye had at that point lost two thirds of ye original crew in said chest, then how many scurvy dogs would ye have had to start with?

Jax and company said...

Todd? Is that you posting?? After laughing, I went and added your suggestions to the master notebook, with adjustments.

Anonymous said...

Aye, 'tis I; I see my pirately reputation precedes me:

NORRINGTON: You are without a doubt the worst pirate I have ever heard of.

JACK: Ah, but you have heard of me!