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Friday, April 16, 2010

If You Fail to Plan

You know the old adage, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!"   That little tidbit of wisdom is so very true. I haven't been planning our school days very well lately and our school work has been suffering.  Jeff was at home today and I was able to get a good bit of school time in this morning and got lots of planning done this afternoon.  I still have more to do, but it is such a good feeling to know where we are going and how we are going to get there!!

I have gone back to making daily folders for all the children but my high schooler.  In the folder go Calculadder sheets, Daily Grams, Building Thinking Skills, paper for copywork and a sticky note with other assignments like McGuffey readers, history reading, writing assignments and others.  On the front of each folder I list the assignments that need to be done on that day.  This gives me a reminder of what I need to put in each folder and lets the child know what else he should do (we are using Teaching Textbooks this year and I can't put that in their folders).  It takes a little more time for me to do my planning this way, but I think we  get more accomplished and in a shorter amount of time.

My high schooler has an assignment sheet of daily lessons which include Carson's A Basic History of the US, MUS Stewardship, Daily Grams, Calculadder, McGuffey, Learning Language Arts through Literature: British, reading and writing assignments.  He works three afternoons a week editing programs at The Homeschool Channel unless he is out of town at a conference.  Last week he missed three days of "school" while filming at the Cincinnati conference.  We just have to "school" around his work schedule.  I am so thankful for all he is learning with his job.  I did ask him the other day if he learned anything at the conference.  His reply, "No, not really.  I think I've heard it all now."  Oh, have you, my son!!  In his defense, I was a KONOS rep for a few years and he traveled with me and he has filmed and edited several homeschool speakers this past year.  I said, "Tell me something that you heard."  He began telling me about someone speaking on notebooking (which we have done) and about how she was talking about the three types of learners:  kinesthetic, visual and auditory.   I was impressed.  He is learning much about filming and editing, but also lots about homeschooling methods and lifestyles.  I wonder how I can "label" the info he is learning about homeschooling on a transcript?    So much of our school cannot be planned, but it helps me so much to plan what I can.

Now I am off to rock Caedmon and watch a Netflix movie with the middle children.

4 comments:

I am blessed! said...

I was running such a tight ship until I got pregnant then I just started letting things slide- mainly because I didn't have the energy to stay on top of their work. Now we're getting back on track and I'm so glad. My girls have been waking up at 6am and even starting the next day's work the night before. What a wonderful change it's been.

Laura at By the Bushel said...

In Home Economics, we talked about a wide range of subjects, such as learning styles(child development), homeschooling & training children could easily fall into this. Also, management of finances & small business.
I see Home Economics III or IV.
Child Development would/could potentially include child care courses, and a student who is learning about a related business could be called upon to observe/participate in, or film/document such an activity.
I like the idea of Child Development course under the elective option. If he was also called upon to demonstrate understanding of the methodology of a daily schedule of a homeschool environment... you might have a 'quarter's worth of a class. you see where I'm going with this...

Whoz Your Doula said...

That is so true. I can run such a tighter ship when I plan for the day's activities. My jr higher enjoys being able to work at her own pace so when she is bored in the evenings she reads ahead in some of her assignments. Having a longer weekend is an extra incentive for finishing on time.

The Hair Family said...

I just started blogging, and my sister Marley Sullivan told me about your blog. I am very interested in homeschooling, and I like your ideas. I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old. I really don't know where or when to begin. Any suggestions on helping me get introduced to homeschooling?

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