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Old 05-27-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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DS doesn't want to take a summer break and asked to jump into schooling now. He is five, I want to give him a hands on montessori-like education, and also use a bit of "unschooling" techniques. right now he is interested in cars. So I thought hey, let's wind that into a history lesson, and I'll make him a timeline of car history. I spent over a hour and a half finding the info, and then the pictures and making it into cards. I spent most of last night sifting through an online curriculum trying to find activities. I honestly had no idea teaching was going to be this much work! Pease tell me my effort is worth it!

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Old 05-27-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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It's worth it.

That said, this is why I buy programs that already have it done for me. But, you won't be able to find something like you are describing pre-made. What you are doing (the current unit/idea) is outside the "norm" and you wouldn't find that. You could find history timeline pieces and activities pre-made (and science and Lit and on and on), but you would have to use what is available...probably not the history of cars in that way. So, you'll have to decide it that part is worth it.

Personally, that sounds like more work than *I* would be willing to do. I would have checked out some library books about cars and the history of cars and read them and done some crafting and have him help Dad change the oil and give him a "tour" of the engine or something like that. That doesn't mean my way is right or wrong. I will say, I have 6 kids 7 and under....very limited time.

ETA - My library trips are super easy. I search their site online and put things on hold (a LOT of things on hold....like 20+). Then, when we drive by, I just run in and return what I have and get the new stuff. Takes like 5 minutes tops. (I always do it with my husband and leave the kids in the car or at home.)
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It's worth it. It probably will take less time for you to prepare as you go.
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It's worth it. It probably will take less time for you to prepare as you go.
This is probably what I should have said.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:00 PM   #5
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As a parent and teacher, sometimes I'm a little too enthusiastic and my DD doesn't respond the way I want or anticipate. I have learned to provide a little and then as interest escalates provide more. Getting books from the library or watching something helps me gauge her interest. Even topics she loves, does not translate into wanting to know the ins and outs, at least not right now(she just turned 6).

It is worth it. Maybe not in the moment but it will eventually pay off. Hopefully in your case all that work will get a sooner rather than later enthusiastic response.
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It's worth it.

That said, this is why I buy programs that already have it done for me. But, you won't be able to find something like you are describing pre-made. What you are doing (the current unit/idea) is outside the "norm" and you wouldn't find that. You could find history timeline pieces and activities pre-made (and science and Lit Andrea on and on), but you would have to use what is available...probably not the history of cars in that way. So, you'll have to decide it that part is worth it.

Personally, that sounds like more work than *I* would be willing to do. I would have checked out some library books about cars and the history of cars and read them and done some crafting and have him help Dad change the oil and give him a "tour" of the engine or something like that. That doesn't mean my way is right or wrong. I will say, I have 6 kids 7 and under....very limited time.

ETA - My library trips are super easy. I search their site online and put things on hold (a LOT of things on hold....like 20+). Then, when we drive by, I just run in and return what I have and get the new stuff. Takes like 5 minutes tops. (I always do it with my husband and leave the kids in the car or at home.)
I like this! Sounds like me on grocery trips! I never thought of doing this for the library too!
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As a parent and teacher, sometimes I'm a little too enthusiastic and my DD doesn't respond the way I want or anticipate. I have learned to provide a little and then as interest escalates provide more. Getting books from the library or watching something helps me gauge her interest. Even topics she loves, does not translate into wanting to know the ins and outs, at least not right now(she just turned 6).

It is worth it. Maybe not in the moment but it will eventually pay off. Hopefully in your case all that work will get a sooner rather than later enthusiastic response.
This! Im a little more relaxed now than I was at the beginning of the year, and we tend to "graze" over a lot of topics, and then when he shows a lot of interest in something we will go into it further together, often just a little bit at a time.

You will definitely learn as you go what works for you and what doesn't, and some things that REALLY appealed to you will end up getting tossed because it doesn't work the way you thought. Homeschooling is a constant state of mind and you learn to be flexible in so many ways to accomidate for everything. Its so challenging and definitely worth it.
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Thanks ladies!! I had a big "aha!" Moment yesterday and decided to sit down and plan out the entire year. I'm hoping this will in turn, help me plan out my months and weeks a little faster! A few things aren't planned. Art projects will likely be from browsing Pinterest as I go along. But the bulk is complete! It will also help me know what to buy for the month, since we have a monthly budget for the hands on materials. So if anyone wants a montessori curriculum listed by month let me know and I'll email it to you! I know there are albums online but they weren't organized enough for me!
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Thanks ladies!! I had a big "aha!" Moment yesterday and decided to sit down and plan out the entire year. I'm hoping this will in turn, help me plan out my months and weeks a little faster! A few things aren't planned. Art projects will likely be from browsing Pinterest as I go along. But the bulk is complete! It will also help me know what to buy for the month, since we have a monthly budget for the hands on materials. So if anyone wants a montessori curriculum listed by month let me know and I'll email it to you! I know there are albums online but they weren't organized enough for me!
I'd love to see your curriculum! I'm currently planning pre-K for my ds. He sounds a lot like yours so I think your ideas would work for me as well. I'll pm you too!

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Have you looked at homeschoolshare.com? It is nothing but unit studies, pretty much all ready for you surrounding a book. You'll usually find a list of "extra" books you can add too. I found this with just a quick search: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/trans...on_lapbook.php
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