Sunday, August 21, 2011

Start of Our School Year!!!

Monday is the first day of the 2011-2012 school year for my boys and I have once again added more Geography to our lesson plans. They will be using the Social Studies/Geography on their Time 4 Learning lessons but I always want to go one step beyond. This means adding it from several other sources. My older son is starting 9th grade this year so we are adding World Geography for him and my younger son is in 8th grade so I am concentrating on the USA.
I am mixing it up with some US States Games, some workbooks and some board game playing. My older son will be playing with Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego for his computer, some workbooks and a few World Geography games websites I have found. 2 years ago we did the whole United States where each of them had 26 States and had to research, write and learn about them. And while that was cool.... I try to switch things up each year so it isn't the same old stuff. Hey, that is the whole point of homeschool isn't it... we can adjust, change, modify and switch around things as we see fit and our kids are the winners(for the most part) from it!
So, as I complete last minute lesson plans, charts, schedules..... I am getting the groans, moans and stink eye because as the teacher... I am ready to start the new school year and they are not. I am hoping that despite their disgruntles, they find the new year cool, exciting and challenging!
So..when does your school year start?