I am not one to use a box curriculum per grade, and love to do as many subjects together as possible. Once they hit high school grades they do almost all of their work independently, other than history. History we still do together.
My goal in educating my children is to instill a love of learning in them and the ability to know how to learn.
This year we have studied World History during the years that Christopher Columbus and his sons were living. I use Genevieve Fosters' books on history. They are a great read and fascinating for anyone. This time period is fascinating because of all the intermarriage of the European royalty, intrigue over the thrones, military campaigns, etc.
We learned about Mozart, and Van Gogh this year too. We listened to a variety of music this year, especially The Piano Guys, as well, as Mozart, Two Steps From Hell (not a rock band, they do soundtracks - link here), Electric Light Orchestra (yes ELO). I laughed when I realized they were listening to ELO, particularly Mr. Blue Sky and thought it was so cool. Music from my youth! They also love to listen to Worship music which we play on Pandora or Spotify! I love that it is the soundtrack of our daily lives!
Rachel plays the cello and is progressing well. Her instructor is working on an arrangement of Gustav Holst's Jupiter for both cello and violin. Rachel is hoping Lindsay will learn it and that they can play it together. The portion they want is the one used for the hymn O God Above All Praising. Sarah is learning piano and is loving it! She played When I Survey The Wondrous Cross on Easter Sunday for offertory.
Today is our last day for this school year. We start in the beginning of August every year and work through, no snow days, but we do take vacation days, like when we went to Florida in September to do some work on Tim's mother's home. We also took some days the week before Lindsay's wedding and we took the week off after the wedding.
We meet with our evaluator this Friday and then take a break until August. We all look forward to this time, though we read everyday and they work on a bit of math over the summer. All very relaxed and enjoyable.
I'm glad that I still have children in the home to educate because I love it so. I have begun some preschool work with Kamryn too. So fun to see her learning. Its come full circle since I started with her Daddy, and now am teaching her. Her favorite thing right now is watercolor painting!
I'm thankful for the time that God has given me with my kids, and thankful to be building relationships with them and to be able to disciple them. The ones who've finished their K-12 education have gone on to be hardworking, caring, responsible people. I'm proud of them.
Vacation starts tomorrow, and for me that means a day to myself, as the kids will be spending the day with my parents. Kyle gets to spend tonight with them, going to a Barnstormers game, and sleeping in the man cave with Grandpa. I'm fairly certain there will be some Myth Busters, or Storm Chaser watching as well.
I am contented and blessed, and very thankful.