Making lists, of course!
I love lists.
I made a “next year” list which I populated with the things that worked last year. So it has things like:
- 2-3 Shakespeare plays (audio, picture book, movie/play)
- Elementary lessons (2 hours 2x/week; Bible, history, and science)
- Circle Time binders
Plus, I also included ideas for improving upon our successes. For example,
- Act out one scene per Shakespeare play.
- Add 5-10 minutes of handwriting + spelling for Knox & Ilse
- Take advantage of having a group for E.L. (review games, discussion)
Then I added ideas for solving what didn’t work, such as
- Make Latin a priority this year
- Ensure 2-3 quiet reading afternoons per week
- Put in place a solid daily & weekly review habit to improve consistency
I also made a list of problem spots and brainstormed ideas, particularly logistical, to improve the next year and streamline things (because I love streamlining things):
Each child gets his own bin for his stuff with his own stocked pencil case. I tried each child having their own crayons/colored pencils years ago and it just meant double the number were everywhere within 3 months. I think now the older two are old enough to care for and clean up their own (and buy their own replacements if they don’t). The younger ones will still have a share bin that I keep for school times, and then we have a collection of all the old, short, broken year-end leftovers they can use anytime.
Make it easier for kids to get audiobooks going themselves; set up a routine for making sure iPods are charged. Is there a way to prevent earbud cords from tangling?
Make reusable school checklists so they don’t have to be printed or found every Monday, to lower resistance and administrative hassle.
Purchase a dining room cabinet to keep the things we use daily handy and accessible and hidden.