How’s Everyone Doing?

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How’s the first month of the 2012-13 school year going for everyone?

It has been a tough, tough month for the Murphy family, but we are surviving by God’s grace. I’m sorry I haven’t been active on the blog, but I encourage you all to help one another via the Facebook page.

Lord willing, I’ll be feeling better in October, so look for fun “extras” on the blog soon.

 

3 Responses to How’s Everyone Doing?
  1. Diana says:

    Blessings to you!
    May the Lord strengthen you in body, mind, and spirit!

  2. Melissa says:

    In looking at the September sample, it seems that you’ve streamlined things very nicely. It looks much simpler, more doable and I like that. I am curious, though. Will there be any Geography in the coming months? As in, mapwork? I believe there was mapwork scheduled last year, so I’m curious if that will be added. Also, what about Shakespeare? Meaning, “Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare” or the like? Would you ever schedule those in or should I just add them if I want to? And, Aesop? Are you all finished up with Aesop since you did it last year?

    Thank you so much!

    In your introduction, you suggest waiting until 7th grade for grammar. What are your thoughts on programs like Primary Language Lessons and Intermediate Language Lessons from Emma Serl? I’m thinking for my 4th grader.

    Finally, you mention that MUS is good for self-paced learning at a later time. How would you approach that? I’m thinking of having my older one watch a video lesson and if she gets it, just let her watch the next one? Or possibly, have her watch a lesson and take the test and only stop to do the practice/review if she misses anything on the test?? She is 9 and has only formally done parts of Alpha. What are your thoughts on that? And, my younger one? She just turned 8. Would you say she could hold off on formal math altogether or would you start her in MUS on a regular schedule???

    Thank you. I hope your fall is looking up. Blessings to you and your family.
    Melissa

    • Susanna D says:

      Melissa,
      I read your post and wanted to reply because I use MUS for my children and thought I could offer some insight. The dvd lessons are great for self directed learning, but I would caution using them as the only part of math. My kids have used MUS for several years and sometimes I think they “get” it from the dvd but when having to do the math, I realize it is one thing to watch someone else doing it and a far different thing to do it yourself. The suggestion in the curriculum is that you do not move on to tests or new lessons until they have mastered each lesson. In other words they should get A’s on each test. The worksheets are very worthwhile for you as teacher to assess their understanding of each lesson, even though they are self directing. Some lessons are mastered very quickly, others are not. The ones that are can be tested sooner than the ones that are not. Some weeks you may fit multiple lessons in and some lessons may take multiple weeks. The way the curriculum is set up builds precept upon precept, so they need to have good understanding before moving on to new lessons and you are the judge of their understanding. In my experience, it pays off in the long run to take longer on lessons than to rush through. As homeschoolers, we are not bound to specific levels and time frames. If mastery is our goal, it is a far better goal than how quickly and how much quantity we achieve. I hope this helps some.
      In regards to your other questions, OH is not concrete, so add or subtract what you want. If you want geography, add it. Shakespeare, add it. Aesop’s, add it. You can do it. I know I relied on following plans because I didn’t have the confidence to step out on my own… but you can do it! Have confidence and try what you want to add. I am sure your children will benefit from what you feel is best for them.
      Many Blessings to you all!