Today’s the big day! Writer’s in Residence, Volume 2: Journeyman is available from Apologia, and for a limited time, it’s on sale! This program is available both as a bundled set (student book and answer key) and as a separate student book.
Archives for August 2017
All though elementary and middle school, I was a pretty easy-going homeschool mama. I learned to be flexible in my planning and scheduling, and I put together really fun units and courses for my kiddo. I thought I had it all down.
And then high school came near, like a dark cloud looming on the horizon.
Insecurities hit hard and fast. We can’t keep going like we are! It’s fine for middle school to be fun, but high school? That’s when it all gets real, right?
Over the past decade or so, Apologia has set itself apart as a publisher of high-quality, easy-to-use science curriculum. Its conversational tone, depth of content, and huge array of activities make it an easy favorite.
Over the past couple of years, though, this company has really ramped up its game in other subject areas. Literature and writing are two of them!
We’re a pretty fiercely independent breed, we homeschoolers. We like to take things off the beaten path. Explore the unknown route. Forge our own way, and teach our children to do the same.
Sometimes though, we tend to forget that we’re not actually on this path alone.
Homeschooling is an odd, eclectic blend of rugged independence and tight community. We each do our own thing for our own reasons, but we do it together. In a weird way, our individuality unites us.
I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in Oklahoma, we’re kind of known for winds that randomly “come sweeping down the plain.” Not the gentle, breezy type, but the ones that leave trees laying in your yard and have roofers stopping by out of the blue to provide bids.
Those winds come out of nowhere, act in ways that you can’t really anticipate, and disappear just as suddenly as they began.
Life is kind of like that sometimes.
Do you ever feel that everywhere you look, all you can see are moms that have it together? Their outfit is put together, they’re not rushing, their kids are well-behaved. They can even remember where they parked their car.
Meanwhile, your coffee’s been sitting on the counter for an hour and a half now, you have no idea where your child put his math book, and choosing to wear anything other than yoga pants results in a chorus of, “Oh, are we going somewhere today?”
Or is that just me? (Somehow, I don’t think it is.)
Ah, the thrill of a new homeschool year. Books ready to dig into, shiny new lesson plans to implement, a well-structured schedule that will work.
If you’re anything like me, you get excited over the spring and summer by all the prospects of what the new year will bring. It’s fun to unbox all of your new curriculum choices, and seeing the mailman or FedEx guy walk up to your door with boxes of books makes your heart leap for a moment. There is such a thing as “new book smell,” and it’s wonderful.
Many, many moons ago, my beautiful little boy came home from his first day at a new school, crying and asking me to homeschool him. Having had him in private schools since preschool, homeschooling was really not anything that was on our radar; two weeks prior, I distinctly remember telling some new friends who homeschooled, “I’m sure it’s a fine idea, but y’all are nuts.”
Well, back to that fateful day: my son was excited to start a new school, as we had just moved to a new city and state. He loved his old school and teachers and had no reason to think that he wouldn’t love his new one. Then, we walked into the classroom.
Unschooling may be one of the more controversial topics in the world of homeschooling for a couple of reasons:
First, this method is so very different from how many of us grew up that (at least at first) it’s hard to trust. Second, it’s a method that is often very misunderstood. It’s not a method that will work for every family, and that’s ok; however, Unschooling works incredibly well for some, so it’s worth investigating. And even if you decide not to jump in the deep end with this method, there may be facets of it that are well worth implementing in your homeschool.
I couldn’t figure out why it was so difficult for me to write this post…I love unit studies. I love researching them, designing them, planning them, and teaching them. Why should it be so hard to write about them?
Then I realized…it’s because I’ve got so many ideas for units I want to write floating around in my head (and my Pinterest boards) that I want to write those. And I will.
And I’ll make them available, so keep checking back!