Monday, August 8, 2011

Homeschool Year Drawing Near

Wow - I am anxiously anticipating the start of the new school year. This year, my darling daughter will be a 1st grader - which is hard enough to believe!! That means that we will be spending just a little more time of our day to school activities and learning (more than Kindergarten). That also means that, after much prayer and discussion, we decided to join a co-op. I am not sure who is more excited about this adventure - myself or my daughter!

The curriculum we decided on this year is:

Sonlight - Introduction to World History - Part 1 with grade 3 readers. This will be the History, Geography, Reading, Language Arts (spelling, vocabulary and grammar) and Handwriting

Singapore Math - Primary 1A/1B

Apologia - Exploring Creation with Astronomy

And then these will be the classes that she is taking via the co-op:

Ballet - Beginner 1-4

This class is for girls to who have little to no experience in ballet. In this class students will learn the basics of ballet. Students will also learn how to use their dancing to worship God. We will be preparing a dance to perform at both Celebration nights. This class will include stretching and warm-up exercises as well as dancing. The girls are expected to participate in each part of the
class as the exercises help strengthen their legs for dancing as well as prevent injury. Ballet is something beautiful to watch but requires lots of hard work as well.

Keepers of the Faith 1-4

The purpose of Keepers is to teach girls “to learn to walk in the steps of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ, day by day, moment by moment, in every situation.” To earn charms, the girls will
be memorizing Scripture, building Godly character and learning new skills while completing fun projects. Additional Information at:

Spanish 1-3

This is a beginning Spanish class which emphasizes oral communication of a variety of topics at a basic level. Students will be taught basic vocabulary and an appreciation of the Latin culture through visual, oral, aural, games, songs and activities. This class is designed for students with minimal or no previous Spanish.

Since it is called a co-op, that means it is a cooperative effort between hired teachers and parents. So for the sessions I will be in the nursery, parent meeting and then helping teach "Faithfully Fit". You might be wondering what this is. Well, it really could not be any more perfect for me. If you follow my blog, you'll know why. Here is the description:

Faithfully Fit

This class (for girls only) is a combination of fun and challenging exercises set to upbeat,  contemporary Christian music to get the heart pumping! Exercises will include cardio kickboxing, hilo aerobics, strength training, Pilates, and more. A strong emphasis will be made on the need for students to be equipped with God’s truth, in order to protect their hearts from the world’s lies on what true beauty really is. Students will be encouraged to pursue holiness and purity in their lives with thoughtful class discussions related to pleasing God in areas such as fashion, modesty, self-control, gossip, friendships, and godly relationships. A related devotional or workbook may be used; students will have light homework, including the use of a log/journal to record assignments of physical activity (usually 3 times per week).

Also this year, my daughter is moving up with the big kids in our Wednesday night program at church. This is a huge change for her and I am sure she thinks she was ready a long time ago. I am not sure if I am ready to send her up there with the other kids (ages 6-12). I am anticipating a lot of tears. So if you think about it on Wednesday evenings, you might send up a little prayer of protection for my darling daughter who just doesn't understand why boys like to play rough.

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