Things I’m trying this year:
- family copywork – I’m joining the kids this year. We’re doing the best handwriting we can for a timed period (that will gradually lengthen). I’m copying from Pride and Prejudice, Sandra’s got a poem to work from, and Tias is tracing over animal facts I wrote in pink pen.
- clipboards and checklists – for clarity and for placing the authority outside of me. If anyone, including me, wants to know about our plans for the day or how much we’re doing, we just check the list. It’s simple, Tias co-operates because it’s how he earns his screen time (TV or video games), and when I’m weak and tired I simply follow the plan rather than having to come up with something. That said, it’s a checklist that allows for a lot of gentleness and some improvisation
- a novel study – on the theory that Sandra doesn’t need to learn how to read anymore, we’ll be doing a study of The Whipping Boy using a Total Language Plus guide. Sandra’s so excited and can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail. She’s at an age where she really wants a paper trail. Which leads to…
- a homeschool log – it was Sandra’s idea, a place to write what we accomplished each day and a place for the kids to write what they liked about each day. Two days and counting…I’m remembering to do it, and I love to watch the little inner glow she gets as she writes her memory of the day.
Our back to school picture. Shot with a timer and against a light, but still a great capture of the story of the moment. But who are those giants and where did they put my little kids?