When you decide to homeschool in the State of Nevada (where we live,) you need to file a notice of intent, and an education plan for your child. I did just that a few weeks ago, today I received my written acknowledgment of receipt the proof of compliance with Nevada’s compulsory attendance law, that I need to save for future references. You only need to file a notice of intent, and an education plan once, in our state, unless you move to another school district. (You need to keep your own records of your school.)
I am so enjoying homeschooling! Both my daughter and I are excited about our project based learning model. During the fall semester, our project is going to be an in depth study of our State of Nevada. We have already experienced Nevada from North-South, visited all the major town/cities, hiked many mountain ranges, and driven hundreds of miles of backroads. This fall we are going to do a more in depth study, adding to our knowledge. Today we are learning more about an important woman from Nevada’s past, Sarah Winnemucca. She was before her time when it comes to education. I’ve been reading up about her this weekend, to be able to present her achievements in a way that a second grader can appreciate.
Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins was a Northern Paiute author, activist and educator. Sarah Winnemucca was born near Humboldt Lake, Nevada, into an influential Paiute family who led their community in pursuing friendly relations with the arriving groups of Anglo-American settlers – Wikipedia
Our main text book is; Uncovering Nevada’s Past – A primary source history of the silver state. A book written by two historians, native to Nevada. It’s a defined, and colorful book about the development of our state. Giving us a new, fresh angle. The book includes many stories about important Nevadan’s that we are going to dig deeper into (in the directions that capture my daughter’s interest the most.)
Our project to learn more about our State is a big project, including two field trips a month. The field trips are going to important historical places in Nevada, museums, and State Parks.
Our goal is to learn as much as we possibly can about our landscape here in Nevada; both the physical landscape with plants, geology, and animals, and the political landscape of the past, present, and future.
Each field trip is going to start with research (visits to the library, reading, interviews, and films,) giving us the historical, geological, and political background. During the field trip we are going to use photography, and videography as a medium of documenting what we see (in places were that is allowed.)
Many of the field trips will include hiking, and walking many miles, exploring different types of landscapes. After each field trip we’re going to analyze our experience, print some of our photos, write about what we learned, and express ourself with different types of art (clay, water colors, drawings. Etc etc.)
Observation of nature, application of the scientific method, and the correlation of science with other subject areas will be continued in the second grade science program. New areas of knowledge are introduced.
Daily journaling is a part of our way of learning. English reading, and writing is already a natural part of our daily life. English will continue to develop and reinforce previous skills by correlating English with reading, composition and writing. The child’s reading program will emphasize the application of skills begun in first grade. Vocabulary development will be continued. Study guides written as a help to improve silent reading comprehension will be used.
When it comes to composition and writing, oral and written communication skills and the expression of emotions, feelings, reactions, as well as independent and critical thinking will be promoted and encouraged. Formal lessons covering capitalization, punctuation, sentence combining and grammar will be used daily. An appreciation and understanding of drama, poetry, and literature will be extended.
Math is going to be separate from our main project. We are going to utilize two different math books, one that covers the national standards for 2nd grader; Star Wars Workbooks: 2nd Grade Math. The second math book; Counting Money, is a more practical book, that includes how to make a budget, and handle money. There will be practical math, and science in the kitchen as well.
Second grade math program will build upon and reinforces skills, concepts, and strategies learned in first grade. The correlation of math with other subject areas is continued, as is the practical application of what is being learned and the development of independent learning skills.
Music is a part of our life, and will continue to include concerts, singing, and dancing. We will also have Swedish on our schedule, to allow my daughter to learn more about her Swedish roots, both when it comes to culture and language. Around the holidays we are going to do volunteer work for local charities. To round up this semester I’m going to guide my daughter through the process of self publishing a book, featuring our Nevada Project (text, photos, art, stories.)
During the Spring semester, our projects is going to evolve around our neighboring states. One state a month. With the same setup, but not as in depth studies as we are dedicating to our state. Can you tell that I’m excited? If you are a homeschooling parent I would love to hear more about your setup? Are you doing school in a traditional way? Or what is your approach? Education is something I’m burning for. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education, some of my previous job experiences includes; being a preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, tutor, nanny, horseback riding instructor, 4H leader, and baby sitter.
I hope that your new week is starting out in the best possible way!