As I have indicated in several recent posts, I have not been satisfied with the level of engagement in our studies this year. So, I have been spending some time thinking through the "must-haves" for next year.
Our list of subjects. I am happy with this list and feel that we cover a wide variety of essentials, with room to explore special interests. Note: this does not include preschool for the youngest, as I am committed to unschooling him until the first grade to really allow him time to just explore his world.
History - World & US
Reading - Classics related to World History
Science & Nature Study
Next year we'll add Beginning Engineering and Latin.
Looking at how we are approaching these subjects this year, I see the problem. Do you?
Readers/End of chapter questions
How to bring wonder into our lessons?
How to guide us toward mastery and engagement?
What has been successful in the past?
|nature study in the field|
|getting our hands dirty|
|bringing lessons to life outside of a workbook|
|reading, reading, reading|
The plan next year will be different:
Great Books and Living Books for History, Reading, Science with writing/spelling/grammar lessons in relevant, living work ala The Well Trained Mind and Charlotte Mason and Thomas Jefferson Education.
Hands on Engineering projects
Art supplies, concerts, cds, guitar and piano lessons, and http://www.drawspace.com/
Nature Study in NATURE (gasp!)
Supplies for science experiments
We will all be busier, but this plan will save money and force us to all, especially the kids, to actively participate in learning. Our focus will shift once again from workbooks to working together. They are ready and that's my job!