So, in Homeschool Revised Part 1 I wrote about the fun stuff we added to our school week. Today I want to talk about where the professionals came in.
Though I studied French into college and feel comfortable instructing the boys for first year French, I am thrillled to have found a native French speaker to teach them. A friend of mine had found a French tutor and asked if we would be interested in joining them for French once a week. The boys are fortunate to have un homme français for an instructor, and I must admit some relief to have French off my plate.
Next, and as one with a BA in English Literature the irony is not lost on me, I found someone else to instruct the boys in writing. I'm so thankful for this decision! I don't have to do everything just because we homeschool. Truthfully, I was letting writing slide. I don't particularly care for the program that Tapestry of Grace provides.Personally, I found it difficult to implement due to a lack of clear instruction and accountability (my opinion).
I much prefer our new program, Shari Barrett's Put That in Writing; it is clear, concise and I love the daily instruction. I had emailed Mrs. Barrett, as she is local and offers some writing classes, alas she was not available but directed me to another woman who has taught the program for many years. Our new instructor is a delight and is so familiar with the subject and program that she is comfortable allowing the boys to whiz by or take more time on the various ideas in the book, as needed.
I think it is easy to put too much pressure on oneself when homeschooling... what a weight lifted to give away the preparation and teaching of French and writing!
Next time I'll post on some of our other curriculum shake ups... our writing book wasn't the only switcheroo.