Last time I said that Tamarin’s Individual Education Programme had come to an end – but not our homeschooling. (Drum roll)
Tada! Next year Tamarin is going to do Grade 10 (first year)!
The first year part is just to prepare for what I deem to be probable or inevitable: i.e. that it is going to take a few years to reach this goal!
Is it attainable? To jump from a more or less Grade 4 level to Grade 10? It’s a leap of faith that’s for sure, but with the amazing progress that Tammy has made so far, anything and everything is possible. Her subjects will be Grade 10 Math literacy, Geography, Tourism, Computer studies, English and Afrikaans. Why Grade 10? Her parents feel strongly that she should be benchmarked and that Tammy herself has an emotional need to be in a grade. Grade 10 has fewer subjects than the lower grades, and much of the groundwork for these subjects have been done already.
The math literacy book starts with fractions and decimals and rounding off: we have done this, so this should not be impossible.
Geography starts with learning to use an atlas and maps. We have often used maps and the globe in the past, so this is not totally new. The calculations of area, speed etc seem a bit “Wow!” ( Draw a cross-section of Koffiebus… Determine from the section whether tog station number 10 and benchmark 1237.9 are intervisible.What the…”?!!!)
My objective is to use the geography content as I have used previous themes: that is to use the content as basis for conversations and all grammar work e.g. to Rewrite sentences as questions. I first want to skim through the work with her, and then later return to the same work and “dig the hole a little deeper”. She first needs to just know the basic terminology in her bones. (In the geography book there are more than 17 words on the first page alone that she does not know yet !)
Apparently computer studies deal with the use of a computer (it’s not computer science). Tammy likes working on the computer and she generally remembers computer methods very well.
The languages will present the greatest challenges. She is still a long way from writing essays and magazine articles and headlines! And as for Afrikaans: we’ll have to start at Grade 1 level!
Her parents firmly believe that is the way to go and I am up to this huge challenge. It will be a team effort between me, Tammy and her parents. How do you eat up an elephant? Bit by bit. My job is to cut it up in small digestible pieces and to make the eating fun and to sustain Tammy’s appetite till the last mouthful. Tammy’s job will be to swallow, chew and digest, swallow, chew and digest….. a big job. Her parents’ job will be to cheer from the sidelines and to make sure she eats up her bit in the afternoons, so that she will be ready for the next plateful the next day. (That is they just have to check that she has actually done her homework.)
If God helped Annie Sullivan to help Helen Keller, who is to say God will not help us? We can only succeed with His help and with Him anything is possible! We just have to be obedient, even if the going is tough!
Php 4:13 I am able to do all things through him who gives me strength.
Rom 8:14 And all those who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Rom 8:28 And we are conscious that all things are working together for good to those who have love for God, and have been marked out by his purpose.
Rom 8:31 What may we say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
To anyone reading this: Have a special, blessed Christmas full of joy in the comforting arms of Jesus. May your last day of the year be a time for reflexion and a time to receive fresh inspiration for the New Year and may 2011 bring many blessings, hope and fun! Enjoy the holidays.