Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Year Takes Shape...No Thanks to the Teacher

God's graciousness astounds me sometimes. When I let go entirely of the upcoming school year, putting it at His feet in all faithfulness, He delivered.

Two days passed and then it become very clear what our year should look like. We'll learn via literature-based theme units, using only high-quality literature......only books with expertly crafted sentences and well-woven tales, allowing my children's hearts and minds to soar like eagles in all their grandeur.

The year will begin with Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of five Newbery Honor books. My Peter wants to be a farmer so he can work alongside his family--family togetherness being everything to him. He'll love Ms. Wilder's beautiful prose depicting the rhythms of farm life, showing what faith on the farm looks like on a daily basis.

Farmer Boy is the story of Almonzo's childhood on a upstate New York farm in the years 1866-1867. It covers one year of his life, from age 9 to 10. Almonzo works hard to show his family that despite his youth, he is capable of greater responsibility on the farm. A horse lover, Almonzo dreams of being allowed to raise a colt of his own someday.

There are many free online literature study units available for Farmer Boy which incorporate social studies topics, science and nature studies, cooking, related reading about the time period, and farm-product making. We are excited to begin!  Praise God.

Following Farmer Boy we will read The Wheel On The School, the 1955 Newbery Medal-winning novel by Meindert DeJong. Peter loves birds and will delight in this edge-of-your-seat tale about school children trying to figure out why storks no longer nest in their small fishing town, while in a neighboring town they nest yearly. The idea of bringing the storks back intrigues the entire town, bringing them together in ways they'd never imagined.

Newer Newbery winners deal too much with adolescent drama, but this precious tale, while simple, speaks volumes about people and their interactions with one another and about thinking outside the box. It would captivate any student interested in engineering, as well as in birds.

As we study Holland and storks, we'll incorporate many science and social studies topics, new recipes, related reading, and create a lap book to record our learning, as we'll do for all our thematic literature units this year.

I couldn't be more excited about this year. The Lord brought it all together so perfectly, so shoe-string budgety. I'm amazed at what He does when we get out of the way!


Evenspor said...

This is what I love best about homeschooling - what's best for each family is between them and God. I would much rather have God dictating that than some Senate committee.

Christine said...

Amen to that, Arwen! Thank you for stopping by.