Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I think I've settled on an edge for my shawl, although I went through about 2 or 3 initial ideas before I realized they didn't look good on this particular edge at all. So I hit the stitch dictionaries again, and came up with this. I'm anxious to get the binding off complete and get this blocked so I can get a better idea of how this edge lays. If I'm satisfied, then it's just writing up the pattern, photography, pattern layout, then off to the tech editor, and then testers. You know...almost done.
As for reading this week, I finished Naya Nuki, and loved it. I started going through teacher manuals for next year and taking deep breathes. I've always felt excited for the upcoming homeschool year, and this year is a bit more intimidating for me. I've really been stressing out over how to manage 2 students, like most moms stress out when you're having a second child. You finally got a system down with 1, how in the world do moms of 2 manage? Of course, as a mother of almost 5, I now know you just get through...sometimes with tears...to a new normal that will soon feel comfortable. I'm hoping that rule remains true with homeschooling.
I think I've gotten over a hump, though. My biggest worry has been David's language arts program. I bought a great, advanced language arts curriculum when Silje started 1st grade. She basically started at 3rd grade level in this subject as it's her best subject. I nearly bought the 4th grade for her, actually, and I think she could have handled it. David does read very well for a little boy going into 1st grade, but I really don't think he's ready for a 3rd grade level in this subject. I've been trying to avoid buying yet more curriculum, and have been planning to just go through the 3rd grade level slowly.
That preliminary decision has not been sitting well with me at all. I looked into getting the 1st or 2nd grade curriculum, and then talked to Knut who talked me out of that. He pointed me to the shelf of language arts curriculum that we already owned, and said I should look at it all over again. So last night I went through and realized that I have everything I need for him in this subject...more than enough. The only thing I don't have is a daily schedule that pieces together these various elements of what I have.
So I just need to put together a work schedule, and that shouldn't be too hard. I've got a great grammar program, which I think I'll modify a bit for him, a great phonics/spelling program, as well as handwriting. We have a ton of books from old McGuffey readers to our bookshelf to the library to get his readers from. I think I'm going to put off the 3rd grade LA curriculum for awhile, which I know will disappoint David as he was looking forward to those books. I remember an education professor I once had say that the basic premise of teaching is finding out where the student is, and bring them to the next level. I know that sounds pretty elementary, but that has stuck with me. I settle down my nervousness pretty quickly when I realize that I just need to continue his learning from where he's at, and we don't need to make any leaps.
When I start stressing out on how I'm going to combine Silje and David's school day, and teach them from the same "core" curriculum of history etc. and how that's all going to be juggled, I try to pause and remind myself "just keep them learning." I'm at the point where I need to remind myself that they don't need to learn everything in the world this year. The perfection of the order of it all, and may not be as important as keeping their feet moving in the "learning journey." At least I hope...