chumash is chugging along. chana is planning to go to daycamp this summer. she'd like to go to sleepaway camp, but it's expensive. perhaps if she ends up being homeschooled for high school, we'll send her to sleepaway camp. i know a lot of homeschoolers (myself included ;) get a little itchy about the socialization question. but i can tell you, it's not the ability to socialize that is a problem. and it's not the opportunity to socialize. what does become problematic is 1. close intimate friends and 2. a large social group.
as 6th grade approaches, there are a lot of social/physical/emotional changes going on for girls (and presumably for boys, but i have no idea yet). girls who were friends for years switch allegiances and interests.
i'm hoping chana will meet some local girls this summer. she's old enough to walk to their houses by herself on shabbos. it will be luck of the draw if she clicks with any girls and becomes close friends with them. both she and sarah went to local daycamp at various points. they had absolutely no trouble integrating, socializing, and making friends. but they never clicked with anyone enough to keep the relationship going.
anyway, in past summers when chana chose not to go to camp, we kept our schedule the same as during the rest of the year, including chumash. but she will probably not have enough time to devote to chumash. though i would not like to drop it completely. i have to figure out how to do chumash over the summer.
but a project i would really like to pick up is navi. i really think chana would enjoy it. however, i tried getting the little midrash says and it was both too difficult and too boring for her. she didn't enjoy reading it. i think she needs it to be more personalized. i need to tell the story on exactly her level, and choose which stories to tell.
this is going to take some preparation. you may or may not know that i'm not a "prep" type homeschooler. i sit down and whatever happens, happens. but i think regarding navi, like the pesach seder, a little thought about
- where my child is at
- what approach would be enjoyable
- what specifically i'm going to teach and how
will go a long way. i particularly would like to attempt an "unschooling" approach here, as a prototype for the future with the boys. i don't have to worry about skills, because chana is getting skills via chumash. i just want to make this really enjoyable. i want her to love it. i wonder if i'll be able to do that. i'm imagining that i've been hired to teach a course. that the child will remember and love for the rest of her life.