Here in New York school starts right after Labor Day. We usually start our official homeschooling year the following week. Today our books arrived and what a heavy box it was! We use Covenant Home Curriculum which is a Christian, classical method of education. We’ve been using it since my daughter was doing Pre-K and she is now starting third grade. This year my son is starting Kindergarten. I love this curriculum. As a former public school teacher I like the structure of it. It is very organized and comes with a scheduling guide, tests, and grading masters. They even offer grade auditing.
I was planning on including photos of all the books, but there are just way too many!
I need to work on tweaking our schedule. I still have a few weeks to work on that. I use the scheduling system from “Managers of Their Homes” by Steve and Teri Maxwell. You fill in each time frame for each person in the house with what they will be doing during that time. Everyone knows what they should be doing by looking at the schedule. I also plan on revamping our chores. The Maxwells also have a very helpful book called “Managers of Their Chores”. You can use the ideas in the book to suit your family. For us, the kids have various chores that they do three times a day; morning, after lunch and before bed. It includes things like dressing, brushing teeth, bible reading, setting the table, etc.
I have to say I am excited for the fall. There are still a few weeks left of summer and although I plan on enjoying them and getting some more swimming in, there is just something about fall. It is my favorite season. I love the crispness in the air, the leaves changing colors, apple picking, baking, drinking hot tea (and not sweating), wearing jeans, sweaters and boots after a long summer of shorts, t-shirts and flip flops and drives out on the North Fork of Long Island. What are you looking forward to this fall?~Theresa