The kids are back to an open homeschool curriculum.
We enrolled the kids last week of June. We spent about 40K for the registration and materials. Quite a sum considering that we did not order books for Orvik anymore as we intended to use Kuya’s references when he was in Grade 4. (I was able to keep them inside the plastic boxes in our laundry cage). Nonetheless, it is better than getting them to regular school which would have cost twice or even thrice as much.
This new setup impelled me again to craft the kids’ whole-year academic goals. I have spent hours designing their Language Arts program to make sure I cover all four macro skills they need to be adept at — reading, writing, listening and speaking. It was quite nerve-wracking. I was rewarded with a tingling, painful butt at the end of the day as I sat endlessly for hours fixing the kiddos’ schedules and arranging their lessons.
For my eight-year old, I assigned 15 paperbacks of different genres for his reading program. I had to scour Booksale to get good reads for the little one. It did not disappoint. I got two Astrosaurus books hoping he’d finish it within two weeks. Lo and behold, he devoured both books in one day! The first book, in fact, he read with much gusto in one sitting. The little man did not let the night pass without making sure he was done with the book. What a voracious reader. So far, of the 15 items in his list, he’s already done with seven books, three of which were 100plus pages thick. And to think we are only in our 3rd week of homeschooling!
Arrrgh. I guess I need to go back to Booksale again to satiate his inquisitive mind. (There, that’s the reason why I think twice in buying crisp, brand new books: they are read in an instant, and I have to say good bye to my bucks all too soon.)
Penmanship and Speech go hand in hand. I let the little man write in cursive and after which, he memorizes and recites his written work. Within two weeks, he’s done with three Bible chapters – Psalm 1, Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 and a poem, titled “Pray, Always Pray”. Yup, he was able to memorize and recite all three chapters by heart.
Next in line is the poem, “Only One Life.” This is the same poem his kuya memorized and recited before friends and family when he was just 9. Presently, he’s working on some poems after I showed him the poem I wrote about him. Oh, the little one badgered me that he‘d write his own version, and to this I conceded even if he was supposed to do something else based on his schedule. But the joy of learning is in its spontaneity. In our homeschool, I have long learnt not to operate in a box – that every single moment is an opportunity for the kids to discover, learn, pursue their interests and unleash their potentials.
Having read my poem, my eight year-old composed this for me (with my corrections):
I told him I didn’t understand line #20 which read: they are you for.
He said, “Oh, Mom. It really should be, “they are for you. But since it doesn’t rhyme with What are moms for, I had to jumble the words.”
I burst into laughter.
Whoaa. I have a poet in the making.