We just completed our first week of using our new curriculum My Father's World Rome to the Reformation.
In the past I have been a "piece it together" type of person working off my own handwriting lesson plans. Using a pre-planned lesson grid has been a bit of a visual challenge to me. It seems that writing plans out helps them sink into my brain so I am having to reread the grids and notes multiple times to let them sink into my brain.
*** Note *** As I am writing the above sentence it occurred to me that my pregnancy fog is not helping matters with reviewing the lesson plans. I suffer from an extreme case of pregnancy brain. I consider it extreme because normally I am a very organized and fairly intelligent person. I would never dream of misplacing my car keys or forgetting an important document. However in previous pregnancies I have left my ATM card in the bank machine (mortifying to me) and didn't realize this until the bank called. I also lost my engagement ring for several months because I decided to put it in a safe place while under the influence of pregnancy hormones. This pregnancy is so far disaster free, but I do feel like I am living in a constant haze and I did ask my husband "What date is Christmas?"
Ok back to MFW... overall I think we had a successful first week. I did over-schedule myself and unfortunately had to leave the house every day for field trips, doctor appointments and play dates. This is not really doable in the long term, so I will need to adjust my schedule and try not to over-commit for the remainder of our school year.
- my kids really liked the simple hands on projects we did this week
- I really liked the simplicity of the projects
- I also enjoy the "Book Basket" which gives me 15 minutes to regroup my thoughts midway through the day
- so far I find the history to be pretty dry. Last year we used History Odyssey and our main spines were Story of the World, Usborne Encyclopedia of World History and A Child's History of the World. We found those to be very engaging. This week the majority of our reading came from Streams of Civilization and I find it to be written for an older audience. My kids are 9 and 7 and the younger one, especially, has that glazed look in her eyes. They do use more than one book for the history reading so I am hoping those hold our interest more. We really loved history last year and I want us to continue to be excited.