JMJ100 *In our evening prayers, Melissa has been praying that she can understand French better, and so I took the hint and researched some French resources. Melissa and I sat down with a French book I found in our over-stuffed bookshelf, and shared some laughs as we exchanged some elementary dialogue.
Ring the School Bell 100/180 days
Wow, day 100 of the school year! Some classrooms throw big parties on this day. Maybe next year!
The academics went well today. Algebra 2 and Sarah are getting along quite well. I have given up trying to help her as she appears to be doing well without me. She has thrown hints my way, that I am hindering her progress. That is great, and frees up some of my valuable time!
In our evening prayers, Melissa has been praying that she can understand French better, and so I took the hint and researched some French resources. We sat down with a French book I found in our over-stuffed bookshelf and shared some laughs while we exchanged some elementary dialogue. We found out that they speak French in Madagascar. I didn’t know that.
One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling, is the ability to tailor the curriculum according to your child’s needs, and the ability to change what is not working mid-semester or mid-year. The child is not stuck with a one-size-fits-all textbook. It is also wonderful to have the choice to step away from the traditional textbook for a while sometimes, and look at other enriching resources.
Adapt the curriculum to your child, and not the other way around. Don’t forget that you have the option to do this, unless of course, it is a mandatory text in a traditional school. But chances are, if you are reading this, it is not the case.
Signs that it might be time to change things up include: unsatisfactory or no progress in the subject in question, complaints from your child that they are not smart in math or whatever subject it is, downright protests when assigned work, sloppy work, or even tears.
I definitely don’t give up on a curriculum right away, but if there seems to be a persistent theme of the above, then I take a look around to see how else I can accomplish the same instructional goals. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Ebay has provided us with ample used curriculum over the years, which I have later resold, many times for the same amount of money as the original price!
One example of my experience with changing curriculum multiple times, is with life science or biology, starting in the junior high grades. Concepts were getting rather complicated, and so I needed curriculum that would basically self-instruct. Sabrina just wasn’t “getting it” with the textbook approach, and so I tried a program which was internet-based and included lectures. She was still having trouble.
We finally came up with the idea to supplement her program with monthly workshops at the science center. (we later used these workshops for chemistry classes also) These workshops, which were geared towards homeschoolers, included life science labs that made biology come alive for her. She especially loved learning about the physiology of the eye. In the end, she walked away from that subject, feeling successful, and having learned fascinating concepts about herself and life around her.
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”
Start here to get the story from the very beginning:
Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette