Saturday, September 20, 2008

School Is Upon Us!

School is starting next week for the fam. Everyone, with the exception of me, seems to be ready.

Collin is taking a class on Chaucer's Troilus & Criseyde, Introduction to Graduate Studies, and a "directed study" with one of his professors. *I* think it is going to be good for him to get the analytical side of his brain in motion again.

Thane is taking a class, through our charter school, that is created to give the kids a "kindergarten experience". He'll be reviewing (I say 'reviewing' because he already knows it) the ABC's, memorizing poems and nursery rhymes, working on handwriting, and even participating in a play at the end of the year. I am glad he is getting the opportunity to learn in an environment like this. Magnus was able to attend preschool at our church and it was a fantastic experience for him. Oh, and the class is only once a week for 2 1/2 hours.

Magnus is also taking a class...a science class. This came as a huge relief to me as I still had not planned out my science for this year. I know we are going to start/continue Barb's Nature Study, but beyond that, I only had a few ideas mulling around. His class is once a week for an hour. They are going to be studying habitats and animals. I am hoping to expound on it and complete some activities like lapbooks, other hands on stuff, and reading.

I am having a hard time. I don't feel prepared. When I don't feel prepared, I start feeling inadequate to teach. I know that is a bunch of baloney! I am a good teacher and I know what my boys need. It's just hard. Maybe it's because of everything else that has been going on in life. Moving across country...away from my friends...away from my church (that I loved!)...away from the familiar...away from everything. I haven't made any friends, have only met a few people. We haven't found a church and that is really discouraging. I don't know where anything is, with the exception of In-n-Out Burger, Safeway, and Target (I know...what else does one need!?). Wow...I didn't intend to write about his, but obviously it is weighing heavy on my heart. Alright. I am off to think about this some more. I'll post about our school plans later.

6 comments:

Dawn E said...

I can only imagine how hard the adjustment must be at this time. I pray you guys find a wonderful church soon, full of "bosom friends" who'll support and love you. You are going to do a great job homeschooling this year. Once you dive in, things will look much less daunting...at least they did for me. :)

Brittney said...

Dawn...I truly appreciate your kind words and do covet your prayers. I guess it's the "diving in" part that is the challenge. :0) But come Monday I'll just go for it...

zelda said...

I have a feeling you will have a great new group of friends soon. I'm sure it didn't happen by accident at your last home. Being at the charter school will probably speed that up for you.

Good luck on Monday! You won't need it but a little of it never hurts.

Hope to see you guys soon.

allenacademy said...

I just want to let you know that you are not alone! I'm feeling almost the exact same way, except we don't even have a Target. Our furniture hasn't arrived from the states, so I can't get organized, and the box of homeschool supplies I ordered a month ago has not arrived yet. We started school two weeks ago, but we definitely haven't gotten into our regular groove yet...

Good luck on Monday - I'll keep you in my thoughts :)

Amy :)

The Families said...

Don't be absurd. You know you are as qualified as anyone else to teach your boys. Don't let me read that on your blog again! You are the curriculum queen after all.

Tina in WA said...

I couldn't imagine what you are going through (always lived in the same place), but you made it this far. *Ü* I am sure God has something wonderful in store for you and your boys! He always provides for his children. Chin up my friend. *Ü*

~Tina