2018-2019 School Year Plans: Elementary Plans for the 8 & 10 year olds

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I suppose my two middle kids would be in 3rd grade and 5th grade respectively, but as homeschoolers we know that such labels mean little when it comes to individual students; and it’s individual students we’re planning for and teaching. These two make a good pair to teach together, like my older two did, during the elementary years. So I’m combining them here in this planning post as well. When I was working through Plan Your Year Autopilot, I made … Read More

2015-2016 Elementary Group Lessons

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This will be the third year that my good friend & neighbor (what a blessing that she’s both!) will swap kids twice a week after lunch so that each group can get the sort of activity they should have: for middle kids, learning in community; for little kids, open-ended pretend play (and picture books, too). Both groups enjoy not being interrupted by the other. So, lessons for the elementary-level kids are at my house, and here’s what I’ll be doing: … Read More

We Want Open Doors

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Originally written in April 2010, near the end of our first first-grade year. Now we have finished the second first-grader’s year! If it is true that all real education is self-education, then this almost-complete year of “First Grade” has not been such a loss as the partial and skipped and missed check boxes on the lesson plans might lead one to believe. “Therefore, teaching, talk and tale, however lucid or fascinating, effect nothing until self-activity be set up; that is, … Read More