The new year is quickly approaching (too quickly!) and I am feeling very ill-prepared! I cannot believe how fast time goes by! We are planning to start our homeschool year in August with a “soft launch” and then getting into full swing in September.
We will be doing most of our curriculum already in August but the kids will have one week off to go to a Prehistoric Animals Day Camp and we will be flexible other weeks as far as taking a day off here or there if we get invited to a park or if the weather is too hot to be indoors.
I tend to have a bit of a problem when it comes to homeschool planning. It is similar to my problem when going to a restaurant …everything on the menu looks so appealing and my eyes are bigger than my stomach! The same is true for homeschool curriculum and field trips and unit studies…it all looks so appealing and I tend to order and plan for more than I can actually pull off! It’s a problem that fixes itself naturally as a few months into the year we find our groove and let go of anything that isn’t working well and hang onto what is a good fit for us.
My goals for this year:
-to have all of my kids reading by the end of the year
-to keep our focus on Jesus…if the kids learn nothing more than how much He loves and cares for them, I will have succeeded
-to actually do math
-to find balance for myself
-to enjoy my kids for the short time that they are young
My students for this year:
I only have 5 homeschool students this year as The Ferrari has graduated and Fred has chosen to attend the local Christian school again for his grade 10 year.
We don’t really tend to go by grades but for your reference, I will include the grade they are considered to be in.
strengths: crafts, art, cooking, compassion, positivity, home ec., determination
needs to work on: math
wants to work on: writing
strengths: science, facts, generosity, kindness, loyalty, reading
needs to work on: writing, math
wants to work on: taking things apart
strengths: math, athletics, sketching, drive, social skills
needs to work on: reading
wants to work on: reading
strengths: drama, athletics, humour, adventure
needs to work on: reading, her “quiet voice”
wants to work on: climbing
strengths: cleaning, generosity, caregiving
needs to work on: attachment, trauma healing
wants to work on: convincing us to let her get a guinea pig
What are your plans and goals for this upcoming year?