Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's May!

And do you know what that means?

(I'll bet you didn't know that the teachers are worse than the students!)

And then our Summer-At-Home v2.0 begins!

This is the last big push of the (public) school year, which means it's a hectic month.

At work, I have last minute music therapy assessments to finish, files to organize, progress reports to write, and student information to gather for the person who will be serving my students over summer school.

At home, I have to finish getting the garden planted, plan the entire summer curriculum for my own boys, compile materials for the projects we will be working on, figure out our schedule (including Ty's sensory breaks - new this year), pick a knitting project or two (or five), and I'm feeling that springtime urge to clean my house from top to bottom.

Never fear, I will be sharing much of this right here at My Purple Brick Road! (I know. Try to control your excitement. I can hear you groaning with boredom and clicking the "delete blog" button on your Google Reader....)

The most important thing, the thing that is weighing most heavily on my mind, is what and how I will teach for summer school. Some of it is dictated by Ty's school curriculum - I've got to get him caught up on spelling, math and writing so he's not too far behind when he starts second grade. I'm a total newbie, and since we only get to homeschool during the summer... the learning curl is a bit flatlined.

Ahem. So if anyone has any general advice on homeschooling, helpful links, books I can get at the library, etc., I am happy to hear about it!

There are several blogs I will be scouring for tips and wisdom (you know who you are!), but I welcome all comments!
Have a great day!


  1. A friend of mine from high school, Leslie, homeschools her daughters. I will point her to your blog if you don't mind and she might be able to help you with some resources. :)

  2. I'd be happy to talk to you more about our experiences.

    I'm not sure what specific learning glitches you may be working with, but I was recently introduced to a specialist, Dianne Craft, at the Greater St. Louis Homeschool Expo. She teaches a lot about teaching the right-brain learner (the one who needs more visual cues, colors, music, etc.). Her website is www.diannecraft.org. We just started implementing some of her suggestions for spelling and reading. She also addresses math.

    Feel free to contact me. I'm not an expert at all, but have homeschooled for 3 years with various needs -- and we've tried things that didn't work and have found things that we love. - Leslie


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