Okay, as you can see plans have changed.
Actually a lot has changed recently in our education plans. This past week we sat down as a family and talked about our upcoming plans and goals for the school year. I asked the girls what they wanted to study more of, and I made a list of goals that Papa and I wanted from each of them. Like working on our sewing skills and more musical instrument exploration. I have decided this year to follow my children’s interests.
I have struggled so much this year with trying to recreate a “Waldorf” school at home which has brought very negative feelings about school from Miss Sky. This is something I NEVER wanted and when first starting out homeschooling I didn’t do. Yes we read Grimm’s and studied saints but we did it “our” way and had lots of fun. It wasn’t until I started seeking advice from others of what works for THEM(yahoo groups and blogs) that I began to doubt my own abilities as a teacher. Unplugging from the internet was the best thing I have ever done in helping me to get back on track.
Learning never stops and there is no way I will ever be able to teach my girls everything. It is my job to teach them the skills needed to learn like reading, writing, and problem solving skills so they have what is needed to teach themselves. For me school starts the moment we wake up and ends the moment we fall asleep at night and doesn’t stop for summer vacation.
So here we are, I wouldn’t exactly call us “unschoolers” because we are still working on grade level math but everything else is up to the girls. We start the day with “circle time” gathering around the table making a list of goals we want to accomplish for the day ,like Miss Sky wanted to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, then we go about living. We will always do math first as Miss Sky says “to get it over with” then the rest of day is theirs.
The girls decided they want to start reading the Magic Tree House series so while at the library we picked up a few books. Miss Sky found what she wanted to read and I found some books to round out our study.
Dinosaurs Before Dark and Research Guide #1 by Mary Pope Osborne
Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs Kathleen V. Kudinski
The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible Paul S. Taylor
Stone Girl, Bone Girl The Story of Mary Anning Laurence Anholt
DK Dinosaur The Essential Guide as well as the Disney movie
BBC’s documentary Walking With Dinosaurs
Each Little received a new sketch book (or passport) to use as a scrapbook and a notebook for note taking.