Hi everyone and thanks for letting me join this board. I joined two other home school groups today and am putting basically the same message so forgive me if some of you are in the other ones as well. :)
This is my first year home schooling. I am a stepmom
to three boys - 16, 9 and 7 - and a mom to a three year old boy. We
have my stepsons 60/40, which means they are with us Monday through
Wednesday, their mom Thursday and Friday, and then we alternate
weekends. I arrange all the home school curriculum and homework, their
mom follows up on her two days. It's a different arrangement. We
are Jehovah's Witnesses and so I try to incorporate a lot of Christian
home schooling on our days. We do Bible reading and memorization, family study out of various resource books, and other Bible activities.
now I am struggling because the two main reasons we pulled them from
school were so they could catch up (they were in the worst school system
in our state at their mom's house) and so that they would enjoy school
more. The first is happening, but no one seems excited by any home school subjects.
I think I am TOO organized. I have lesson plans planned out two weeks in advance and there really isn't a lot of wiggle room in our schedule.
What do y'all do to keep your kids engaged and interested? What kind of projects do you use to incorporate a few of their subjects together?
I'd be happy to list what books I use. The main ones are A Beka math, Hooked on Phonics (for the 3yo and 7yo), and some "Daily" books for English by Evan Moor publishing.
I'm mostly happy with the books, but need some more simplistic English for the 16yo. I need to engage my kids more so they can hopefully grow to love reading and learning new things. What do I do? I feel so lost at times. Thanks everyone!
(My question is "what books do you use to teach grammar to a high schooler?"
It needs to be simplified. Basic grammar lessons. Introducing subjects
of sentences, nouns, pronouns, and such. He never had a very good
English education and needs to catch up.)
SAHM and teacher to my kids. 3yo DS, 16yo, 7yo, and 9yo stepsons (50/50). Hippie chic, cloth diapering mama, natural childbirth advocate, and still in love with my wonderful husband after we've been through so much together.