Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Planning Time of Year

It is July.
Since our new school year usually starts mid August,
I thought it might be time to start
the planning process.
Yes, probably late starting by most standards,
but it is what it is.
Really enjoying our Summer. Smiles.

Starting point:
Gathered resources we have collected
at various events like home school conferences
and used book sales.
Sorted through and stacked or bookmarked
what looked interesting.

Time to think about how we want
our schedule, I use that word loosely, to look.
Do we want daily, weekly or monthly goals?
We have tried all three.
What seemed to work well for us after much tweaking,
was 3 week goals.
Now, this applies to my oldest, 8 year old son only.
These goals will be for his
math, reading/language arts, history, and science.
Since he is 8 yrs old now, he has a little more
of what is called "formal" learning, loosely formal
in our home. Smiles again.

Daily rhythm:
This is the core substance of our home.
My children thrive with a daily rhythm and so do I.
We have a daily rhythm in place right now, but with the upcoming
Fall activities, this will need to change somewhat.

Still pondering on how our daily rhythm will look.

Toddler time:
With our daily living, new things are introduced gently
to the twins.
Unstructured play, unstructured outdoor play
is their main course.
But, should I start doing more?
A little more structure?
Through song and dance, the twins know their ABC's,
numbers to ten, and colors.
With the exception of the Summer months,
we have a painting, a baking, and a crafting day,
these are part of our daily rhythm.
Reading aloud and together, we do.
Should I do more?
My answer for now is no.
I might have a color, a number be our focus for the week, maybe.
Tried this before and I did not continue to follow through.
It felt so unnatural to me, tooooo much like "school".
No, for now I will let things happen.

Well, much to be done.
Still in that pondering stage.
I think I will tackle World and American history first.
Will keep you posted with what
our 2010-2011 blueprint will look like.
Knowing tweaking is a home schooling right.
Many blessings.


Nikki Olivier said...

Although our school year starts in January here-we're also thinking about following more of a structure at the moment. I'm thinking and rearranging and reading more.... but it seems like such a BIG thing to do (the planning) that I'm feeling a little snowed in! Just how do you decide what to do for HIstory etc.-how do you choose books?
Enjoy the rest of summer!

Michelle said...

I told my husband I needed some in-service days coming up soon to plan! I have most all my materials and cannot wait to go through them. Oh, the beach looks sooooo nice!

Mamawild said...

this looks awesome. i know what you mean with the eight year old...a little more formal. i have 2 in middle school this year and 1 in the 4th grade (she's 8). i would love to see your loose schedule or the rhythm of your days, also how many days a week do you school 4 or do you school 5?

can't wait to see updates to this post.

Blessed Mommy said...

Nikki and Mamawild-I am getting things together slowly, not sure when I will have things set. I will post as I work things out, thanks for your interest. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I dislike this part of homeschooling because you can get lost in all that is available. I don't want to just be a "school" at home, I want our home school to much more deeper, inspiring, and well, more fun.
Apologize for the poor grammar. Smiles. Looking forward to relearning/learning as well.