Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Older Child Adoption and Homeschooling - Advice Welcome PLEASE!

Hi!  My name is Suzanne and I am new homeschooling mama, ALMOST! :)

As the New Year begins, not only will our family be expanding but I will be venturing into the vast and exciting world of homeschooling. It will be a journey of excitement, learning, craziness and PANIC! Seriously, friends, I am going to be teaching an 8 year old boy how to read and write in English, among many other things! I think this is more nerve racking than working for Senator Inhofe!

Precious Anthony!

Wonderful Senator Inhofe

Several lovely ladies have been invaluable, providing me with ideas and resources, as I began to investigate and consider homeschooling.Thank you to everyone who has listened to and answered the plethora of question exploding from my head! Your help has been precious, and I look forward to learning more from you.

Now, friends who have yet to share their advice and thoughts, I will thank you in advance for your advice and look forward to your comments below! I would love to hear from anyone who has walked the path of homeschooling an adopted older child with English as a second language. PLEASE COMMENT AWAY!!!

The plan that is emerging from my muddled brain follows below. Again, any advice and thoughts you have to share would be so appreciated.

I am entering the unknown world of adopting an 8 year old, so I know I need to be prepared to make changes as I assess his current levels and skills.

Currently, Anthony's major subjects in school are Math, Chinese, and English with some various other subjects like art and music.

Language (Reading/Writing): I know my first order of business will be to assess his knowledge of English. I figure it would be a good idea to go through phonics with him. I have some Explode the Code books and am planning to get a copy of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. If any of this doesn't work with him, I can always save it and use it with Grace.
I would really appreciate hearing from anyone who has walked this road before me (Please feel free to send along my blog post to friends you know as well who might have good information or ideas for me).

Math: I am planning to use Singapore Math with him and will assess him initially.

Science: I was thinking of starting science with fun hands on experiments until we bridge the language barrier.

Chinese: We have a great Sunday afternoon Chinese Language School that starts semester two in late January which is perfect.

History/Literature: This will come with time so I will start by reading non-fiction books to him based in the classical style of education, meaning we will start with ancient history.

Bible: I am seriously considering using the Picture Smart Bible to start because I was thinking I could read the story from Scripture to him while he colored or worked on the corresponding drawing since he loves drawing and art.


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