Right! I still have parts of our homeschool plan for next year to tell you about!
Our 2013-2014 School Year Plans
- 2013-2014 School Overview
- Planning & Scheduling: Start the Day
- Cultivating Responsibility & Engagement with One-on-One Meetings
- Circle Time 2013-2014
- Latin Lessons
- Elementary Lessons (Bible, History, Science, Literature
- Preschool & Kindergarten
I relied on independent work, with a daily checklist, quite a bit last year out of necessity for the pregnancy/newborn exhaustion I had. It went well, but I’ll lighten up the independent work checklist for several reasons:
- I don’t need them busy or all on their own this year, because my energy has returned (at least, enough of it; a full night of sleep would be nice).
- Several of the things they did, like filling in blank maps, they learned so well that it would just be busy-work to continue to do them.
- Their written narrations from readings will be done during our lessons instead, and will be fewer since we will also be doing a writing class. To do independent written narrations would be overdoing it, I think.
So, here’s the independent work plan:
Daily, before they can be “done” and play, they are responsible for ensuring the following are complete, corrected, and put away:
- Their math (if they don’t finish during the morning allotted time, it becomes independent work).
- Their piano practice.
- Latin practice.
In addition to that daily work, we’ll outline their week’s work during our Monday Meeting:
- They’ll pick 2 books to commit to reading that week. I’ll give some direction, but these could be history-related, nature/science, biography, or Good Book. On Fridays, I’ll check in about these and we’ll add them, with a short review, to their goodreads accounts. This constitutes a large part of my History Without Lesson Plans scheme.
- They’ll tell me what their goal is for typing practice. I’m envisioning either a words-per-minute goal or a “beat the game” type goal; we’ll see as we get into it. We’re going to use Typing Instructor.
- They’ll be responsible for making sure homework for the writing class I’m teaching and the speech class they’ll be attending and the neighborhood book club is complete. We’ll talk about what that involves at our meetings.
And that’s it. I want them to have time to pursue projects, to read, to play with legos and with friends, and generally to lead a full life that includes doing Real Things. So, I think this is plenty of academic work.
As much as these are areas of knowledge and skill they are developing, I want them also to learn responsibility, time management, and accountability. I want to pass on as much ownership of the process of education to them as they can responsibly handle, and the only way to figure how much that is is by continual trial and error. After all, learning is an act done by the learner, not the teacher, and becoming a “lifelong learner” is only possible if the learner desires it and owns the process.
I’m looking forward to this school year. And that’s good, since we start in three weeks!