Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Homeschooling - Here We Go!

Welcome to our third Lueker Munchkin blog and thank you for following us along! I intend to continue to post and share many pictures and stories of our daily lives, but I also want to begin shifting the focus of our blog a little more towards our school activities. I think this should be a pretty natural (and hopefully interesting) transition given the ages of our munchkins.
While Reagan would not technically begin Kindergarten until this Fall, we have decided to go ahead and dive into our curriculm primarily using the classical education methodology. We also frequently use many Montessori ideas. If you are interested, you can learn more about the curriculm and approaches we are using by viewing the "Homeschooling" section on the right side of this blog. 
Since the Fall of 2010 we have been working with the girls to see if we thought homeschooling would work for us. We have used this time to determine what curriculums/methodologies work for us, joined a local co-op (the Bluegrass Homeschool Learning Cooperative) and in general have worked to hammer out a schedule that is the most productive and successful for us. Through the encouragement of a couple of other homeschooling friends we have also setup a dedicated classroom in our house (it's still a work in progress but we're getting there). We have viewed this as our "trial" period so we could hit the ground running this coming Fall. We have learned a tremendous amount during this time and we now feel confident this is the best option for our family. And, as it turns out and I mentioned above, things are going so well we have gone ahead and officially started our Kindergarten curriculum for both Reagan and Kennedy.
I can't stand to have a post without pictures so here's a teaser of an upcoming post on our recent study of the Earliest People. We began by attempting to build a Shaduf, an early form of irrigation system by the first farmers in the fertile crescent, and ended up branching off to build a replica of a "mudbrick" house we had been learning about as well.

Thank you again for following the journey of our three favorite munchkins!

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