Meet the Scientists and Test Subjects
Tom and I will be the lead investigators in Our Great Homeschool Experiment. Since I have been blessed to stay at home with the kids, I will do most of the teaching and observing of our test subjects. Tom will be teaching science though so he will have an active role in the experiment, too!
Our oldest son will be affectionately known as Test Subject #1 or TS1 here :) He is a very bright, very focused boy. Focused on whatever he is interested in, that is. Like sports. And baseball. And sports. Did I say that already? Getting him to focus on less interesting subjects can be a challenge but one we hope to overcome with a fun, challenging, individualized curriculum. TS1 began homeschooling in fifth grade during the 2011-2012 school year.
Our youngest son will be affectionately know as Test Subject #2 or TS 2 here :) Like his big brother, TS1, he is also very bright. TS 2 is very different from his big brother personality wise. He is very carefree and flexible and silly. TS 2 can be quite sensitive though and sees mistakes as personal failures, so in addition to academic work this year, we will be careful to build up his confidence and help him to see mistakes as part of the learning process. TS 2 began homeschooling in second grade during the 2011-2012 school year.
While our daughter went off to full day Kindergarten for our first year of homeschooling, she will be transitioning from Research Assistant to Test Subject #3 (or TS 3) for the 2012-2013 school year! TS 3 is a sweet, agreeable little girl who loves to help. Our plan for next year is to strengthen here pre-reading skills and build on them to get her reading. We will also do some basic math and writing.
If you'd like to contact us here at the lab, please e-mail one of the Lead Investigators at: homeschoolexperiment (at) gmail (dot) com.