It’s that marvelous time of the year where we get to talk Homeschool Planning.
When all the papers are crisp, the plans are neat, and the energy is renewed after a week at the beach.
This will be the year of consistency, of health, of clean houses, too, while we’re at it. Everything will be great and magic and wonderful this year.
Yeah, this will be our eighth year of homeschooling and I’m seeing a pattern. This year will be a lot like last year, actually. There will be areas we work hard in and see some improvement – not only in academic areas, but in how we apply ourselves (myself as much as anyone).
But let’s forget about that for a moment and just look at the grand and glorious Plans.
This will be the overview, big picture post, and the followups will be more on particulars.
This year our students will be
- 12-year-old, 7th grade boy
- 10-year-old, 5th grade boy
- 7/8-year-old, 2nd grade girl
- 5/6-year-old, K-1st boy
- 2/3-year-old, toddler girl
Our days will be made up of these blocks:
- Morning Convocation (previously called Circle Time)
- Independent Work (7th & 5th only)
- Tutoring Time (plus extra one-on-one “Colloquy” time with oldest)
- Elementary Lessons (mini-co-op with my friend twice a week)
- Quiet Time
New This Year
- Grammar of Poetry & Art of Argument
- More narration
- Independent Bible study
- More audio books (we were light on audio books last year because I didn’t have my act together)
- More drawing
- Book of Centuries & reading journal (i.e. commonplace book) (7th grade)
- Individual math tutoring instead of a group math block
- Map blobbing
- New strategies for student organization
- Writing tied to history & science rather than being a separate subject
Content We’ll Study This Year
- Memorize poetry, Scripture, catechism, mottos, and more
- Ancient history, including Herodotus & Plutarch
- Geography & mapwork
- Heidelberg Catechism (for 5th & 7th)
- Phonics, reading skills, & spelling (for 2nd & K-1)
- Literature, including Shakespeare
- Math-U-See & Calculadder drill
- Nature study
- Cursive & keyboarding
Plus, of course, seeing as this is a fresh and bright new school year, I will also keep the house clean and tidy every day, keep consistent records of homeschooling, update the whiteboard every morning, and cross off every item on my to-do list every day. This year, the children will never argue and will always hold their pencils correctly. What? That’s why I burn out after the first week? My expectations are a little out of whack? Ayup. That would do it.
Though there will still be messes made, confessions made, mistakes made, disasters made, misunderstandings made, yet we will continue, because it really is a good life, lived together, this homeschool journey.
Homeschool Planning 2015-2016 Series
- Our Homeschool Morning Time
- K-1st Plans for a 5-year-old boy
- 2nd Grade Plans for a 7-year-old girl
- 5th Grade Plans for a 10-year-old boy
- 7th Grade Plans for a 12-year-old boy
- Elementary Group Lessons
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