Ok, so after all the encouraging posts in my other post I made about deciding on homeschooling or not, I decided to get things going on paperwork and planning the curriculum so that it is ready if I do decide to homeschool, even if I don't this is a good base on things I can start working with her on now anyway. Now in my state anyway you have to teach 5 basic subjects regardless of grade. These subjects would be Language Arts, Science, Health, Math and Social Studies. I did some research on what a kindergartener should know at the end of the year, some activities to go along with the subjects (though for the most part came up with my own) and typed everything into an outline. The outline is required by the state if you aren't using an actual acredited curriculum, if you use and actual curriculum you can just tell them which ones and the textbooks you use. I came up with my own and don't plan on spending money on one, especially for kindergarten. I think I came up with a lot of stuff that is good and made a 3 page outline. I will not post it on here since it is so long, but can give you the gist of it.
Basically for each subject I think there are sub topics like Science you have the topics of plants, animals, living vs. non living, weather, The solar system, individual planets, the sun, the moon, stars etc. So under each sub topic I wrote basically how I'd teach it, such as photos of these things, observing weather, collecting rain, looking under the microscope at various things, outdoor field trips, bird watching (plan to get a bird feeder and go to the park) and identifying birds from a book. Anyway, this is how I did each subject. Now when you homeschool I know you can just be done for the year when you can completed all the course work, in my state it requires 1,032 hours for an elementary student to be "in class" and I know with everything combined I can do this. I have to send in how many hours my daughter would be "in class" each month so basically they would know how long it takes to complete.
I'm wondering though since they don't check in or anything here, how will they know? I plan to keep records of length of class and I consider trips to the park, zoo, and grocery store even as class time when I am teaching her different things. I just don't know why they require me to say how many hours a month she'll be being taught when it depends on how quickly she grasps everything...maybe it doesn't really matter because we'll be done when we are done, but just wondering.
Also here it is not required that the "students" take any kind of state tests or anything like that, if your state doesn't require them, do you still write out a type of test or maybe have kind of an oral exam? I mean obviously you have to do something to see that your child has learned everything they need to, but I'm curious what type of tests you use. I think especially for my daughter only going to be starting kindergarten the only written test will be when she has to write numbers, letters and a bit of addition and subraction too. Otherwise I will just ask her questions and let her ask questions.
I'm giving myself a month to get a sort of schedule set with her preschool work so i know I can handle kindergarten and if i can do that and my boyfriend agrees (this was discussed in my other post) then we will go ahead with it in the fall. I may work part time and then do her lessons when i get home, with my boyfriends work hours he can likely be home for the part of the day I would work so we can keep away daycare as much as possible (daycare is why i started staying home in the first place).
I'm really starting to get excited now that I'm getting things typed up. Other than the lessons outline and a few things to fill out about who will teach (me), our "school" name, and mine and my ex husbands signature (if I end up having to get that since he is her dad) this seems pretty simple to get homeschooling going!!
I plan to use my own curriculum, use many sources on the internet, get some books for some of it, a child's microscope and telescope, and things like this to go along with my teaching. We have been planning to get a zoo pass, which I believe also gives free or discounted admission to the wildlife "safari" park outside of town (wolves, bears, elk, large birds etc) and a childrens museum pass again in order to have some trips. Also we have a couple nice parks near by, one of which has a lake (water specimen for science!) and then a bird feeder for observation, a plant for her to grow and then I also have many crafts and games planned to go along with this. I have the Hooked On Phonics program with a game cd for letter sounds, my mom found this years ago at Goodwill brand new for just a few dollars and now it can be put to use! I am also going to be getting her in dance lessons (my boyfriends mom wants to pay for them) and this will be a great activity for her for exercise, learning something she enjoys and socializing. I also plan to bring art into almost every subject because she enjoys that and I do too.
I have so much goin on in my head right now and am so excited to get this going. I think if my boyfriend sees how I'm teaching her and how much she can learn at home then he will be fine with it. We are still looking to see if I should go back to work or not (or maybe just part time) and that does matter too, but I can't deny the fact that since I've been staying home with the girls, motivation has gone down for things, I just didn't feel like I had a purpose anymore and got bored and everything, but with this all getting put together I'm finding motivation again and really look forward to hopefully homeschooling. I am kind of excited that I get to learn along with her on some subjects or relearn things. I plan to bring a little Spanish into her teaching and do full on Spanish as she gets older because I took it in highschool but haven't retained a lot, I think in today's world especially in the US it is good to be bilingual and helps with the job situation too, I also would like to learn it again myself.
Anyway, I think thats all, and I'm curious what you guys think of all this, does it sound right on target? Thank you!!!! You ladies are awesome!!!