I think anyone who is or has looked into homeschooling can say that finding out your style is one of the most important first steps i taking the leap. I prayed and looked into a lot of different things with my husband before coming up with what we are going to do, at least for now. I guess if I needed to label my style it would be eclectic, with Charlotte Mason tones. We are teaching a Christian worldview through all subjects and using the Bible as the basis for all that we do. I know that I can not plan the next 10,5, or even first year ahead of us completely. I let go of that notion rather quickly! I do, however feel that I have a sense of what we will be doing through at least the first half of this year, as long as it goes smoothly. Our little one will be coming off of two years in the public school system so there will be some major adjustments there. I know a lot may argue that I should give her the whole summer to decompress, but I feel that I know my daughter and that wouldn't be best for her. So, the plan is to start on July 30th on a year round schedule which gives her a month off before going back into it. I am not using a first grade "out of the box" curriculum, but instead am using a lot of different resources pulled together. It will look a bit like this:
Math: Horizons 1 (I have heard mixed reviews on this product, but feel that the spiral approach will be best for my daughter. We shall see)
Science: On Eagle's Wings: Considering God's Creation (I know that this curriculum is set at a higher grade level, but I think it will work really well for what we want to cover this year) and living books for each subject area.
Social Studies: A few different curriculum items for certain subjects, but mostly living books and hands on activities. I'm going to focus a lot on geography this year and we plan on covering: Mapping, Continents and Oceans, and American history at least through Westward Expansion
Language Arts: I am also using a lot of different resources for this subject. We are going to be working on phonics and undoing a lot of the whole word learning that she has done in public school. She is an emergent reader with a few bad habits. I am also going to be working a lot on handwriting since this was never addressed in public school. I will be using A Reason for Handwriting A for this. We will also be doing Read Alouds and activities to go with them.
Bible: We will be using a lot of different resources and activities to go along with a straight walk through the Bible and family worship times. This subject will also be weaved throughout everything we do.
So on paper it looks like I don't have much of a plan, but I feel confident that it will be a great year! I am planning on using my daughter's strengths and interests to guide out learning. I think lapbooking will be a great outlet for her with a lot of what we do. I also love Pinterest and all the ideas on there :)