I have never been a huge New Years resolution person; however, this year, I decided that setting some goals, especially for our school, might be a good idea.
Though I didn’t put together any real evaluation checkpoints for the year, I have gone through our books and worksheets and projects and looked at our progress and I think we are doing well. We are at the half way point, have advanced through some subjects faster than others, and, overall, are making progress, especially in Math and Reading, which are our emphasis.
We are adding Mandarin Chinese this semester and continuing our Latin and Spanish. We are doing well with Math Mammoth for Math and tons of reading and read aloud’s for our reading. Time 4 Learning and Reading Eggs are still fun supplements and we are having fun with unit studies and lapbooks to go along with our Classical Conversations. (You can see the rest of our curriculum in our previous curriculum post.) And of course, we have had a blast on field trips and projects to go along with our studies (see picture above of Avarie as an underwater archeologist at the Children’s Museum in October – one of my favorites!)
So, overall I think we are doing well. However, I feel that where we can improve is a schedule. We have not done well with sticking to a schedule. I think sometimes we get burned out on subjects because we spend too much time on it or, conversely, we don’t get enough done because we don’t do it often enough.
Therefore, my big plan for this week, the 1st week of the new year, is to get a daily schedule in order and see how that goes for a while. I know it won’t go smoothly, especially at first, but I think we would like to try it.
How about you? Do you use a schedule? Time blocks? How do you fit everything into your day?
Jack V Sage says
Here are two lesson plans you might find useful:
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These are great. Thank you. I appreciate your sharing them.
I have three homeschoolers with one on the way khants a little bit to your theme of being fruitful and multiplying in the Homeschool Today magazine over the summer anyway, I print the curriculum and put it in my notebook to use throughout the month. I keep all the important stuff in there (hands off for all the kids so nothing is ruined) so I like to have it there also. Currently we are using it for all three so it works really well just having one but in the future when we need to begin again the notebook seems much more appealing to keeping everything organzied and in one place. Right now, we do not have a good computer and we do not have an e-reader, but maybe in the future it would be something to consider. These two factors are certainly part of why I prefer a notebook no gliches or crashing hard drives. All in all, although I am all for saving the trees from needless paper waste, I prefer to have hard copies so I have a tangible system to work with.