Home School 2017
Today is actually a public holiday since New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday. However, I cannot start school on a Tuesday. The curriculum we use has the weekly schedules all printed out nicely and I try to follow that. I know I don’t have to adhere to it strictly; if there are public holidays, or whatever, just move the work over to the next day. But doing that makes everything off-kilter and more difficult. We might end up finishing a book on a Monday, instead of Friday the week before, and start a new book on Tuesday, instead of Monday, which is the proper way to do things. So, over the years, my children have resigned themselves to doing school on a public holiday. Besides, they’ve been on holiday since November 12, so it’s been seven weeks, and that’s long enough.
I started home schooling when my oldest was three. Jeremy is now 20. I still don’t rightly know how that happened. He is doing some courses through Open University online.
Susannah just finished Yr 12 and is waiting for offers from universities.
Benjamin is in Yr 9 this year and is studying English, Maths, Additional Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 20th Century World History.
Elizabeth is in Grade 5 and is doing what Benjamin did four years ago!
We are also reading through the Bible using the Bible reading plan from the Navigators. I really like it because there are four readings each time, two from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. Of the OT, one is from the Poetry Books, and one is non-Poetry Book; of the New Testament, one is from the Gospels, and one is from the Epistles.
Another big plus is there are only 25 readings a month (300 the whole year), so you can have some days off — Sundays, for example — without falling behind!
I regret not doing this with the older two. We just followed the Bible reading schedule as prescribed by the home school curriculum. This meant that certain books were read several times over the years, and certain books were not touched at all.
Now with the younger two, we only do the Bible readings during school days, so it takes longer than a year. We started this in 2014 and managed to read through the Bible twice by the end of 2016, so that is twice through in three years. I’m thinking of stepping it up a bit more this year so that we will finish it by the end of the year. This will mean reading on Saturdays and school holidays. We’ll see…
Today’s readings were: Genesis 1-2, Psalm 1, Matthew 1:1-17, Acts 1:1-11.
We’ve read the Creation accounts before and, as always, I am struck by how different they are. The name of the deity is different (“God” in Chapter 1, “LORD God” in Chapter 2); how this deity interacts with his creation is different; even the chronology of events is different!
Psalm 1 is one the children had to memorise waaaaayyy back in Grade 1 (part of the curriculum). Whether or not they can still recite it is another matter….
Matthew 1:1-17 is the genealogy of Jesus. It is an interesting list because it starts with Abraham and ends with Joseph, who was not, biologically speaking, the father of Jesus. Methinks Matthew tried hard to make things fit with his theology. For example, seven and its multiples are considered “godly” so he tries to make the generations fit into blocks of fourteen generations. This meant that some people had to be left out.
There is a note in my Bible that says the writers of the Gospels were not as interested in historical accuracy as they were in relaying the overall Good News.
Acts 1:1-11 is about the ascension, something which is not typically celebrated in Protestant churches, the way it is in Catholic and Orthodox churches.
I borrowed Alexander McCall Smith’s School Ship Tobermory as a fun read-aloud for the family. It is geared for children (8-13), but anyone can enjoy it.