The Future is Now.
-I’m planning the fall curricula, the year-long unit study on Manitoba that we’ll do in 3 years that is going to rock, the summer travel plans, and summer activities. I’m all awhirl with possibilities and yet I have a feeling of a rootedness that comes from knowing us and knowing we’ll have a blast in the upcoming months.
-Daisy Yellow has put together an inspiring set of posts for prepping for the summer months. It’s a great time to muck about with your kids, playing and creating, but in the moment we’re not always full of ideas or the energy to gather supplies. The first post talks about getting a project list going, organizing the process, and gathering up supplies before the summer begins. The second post lists a whole slew of wonderful projects you might want to do.
-On our walk/jog in the wind and hail today we talked about making a summer list of things to do, one for each of us. An Adventure List. Things we want to do, create, experience, achieve. I know many families do this sort of thing, but we’ve never done it formally. I think the kids are at great ages for this sort of ownership of summer. Do you do this? What are on your lists or has been in the past?
-I am very excited about homeschooling next fall. I’m 99% certain we’ll be trying the Sonlight literature-based curriculum. But in the meantime, I’ve got a plot hatching in my mind for our summer semester. A little background: Sandra, despite having vision issues that have slowed her reading progress, is an avid writer. She’s 12 and has been working on a novel for more than a year. Last year I ordered “The Writer’s Jungle” and promised her that we’d have a blast doing authorly things. I haven’t had time to pursue writing since having kids, other than blogging, and was looking forward to freewriting again. This year, though, her reading started to really take off and we spent our time enjoying and developing that, leaving “The Writer’s Jungle” on the shelf occasionally throwing baleful glances at me. Summer’s coming, though, and bringing a change in motivation and setting. I had an idea: what if she and I used the 3 months of summer to focus on writing? We usually school year-round, and the idea of writing after biking to parks with picnics or while sitting on the deck in the shade of the apple tree is entrancing.
I’m rereading “The Writer’s Jungle” in preparation and trying to sort out a rhythm. She’s going to want to work on her novel, but I think that many of the initial exercises shouldn’t be novel-based – except to explore settings and backstory, perhaps – to avoid the emotional mess of revising her precious work right off the bat. So it seems like our time should maybe be divided between just writing on her novel and on Brave Writer exercies. Copywork can still play a role in this, of course, and give us a break from the heavy lifting of creating and revising. Have any of you done a writing-intensive session with your children? Do you have any tips?