|Best laid plans of yesteryear|
|My plan for this year|
- I have fully embraced the idea that homeschooling is as much as about a relationship among the family as it is about a relationship with our studies, and therefore, I’m committed to teaching the kids together as much as possible.
|Homeschooling is so much more than just studies|
- I have fully embraced the idea that recording what we’ve done is as successful an approach as planning what we will do: more so, in fact, because the stresses of “falling behind” are gone entirely, and the joys of “capturing the moment” are here to stay.
|Recording what you've done is less|
stressful than planning what you might do
- I have fully embraced the stage of the children’s lives that they can both work together, and work independently; this means that we study together in the morning, and the afternoons are free for play/handicrafts/Spanish/music lessons/hobbies, or further studies for the older two.
|Afternoons are free for hobbies|
|This is what madness looks like|
|That's the English Cream Tea diet|
- short lessons
- use of living books as opposed to dry textbooks
- employing narration, dictation, and copywork for Language Arts skills
- nature study
- art- and music-appreciation
- free afternoons to work on handicrafts, outdoor pursuits, or other personal interests
|Free-day Fridays are just plain fun!|
I realise this has been a really long blog post — probably the longest I have ever written — but I wanted you to know that it’s possible to combine your kids for a great learning experience. If you have babies or toddlers, you will be a few years away from this luxury (I used to employ a lot of Montessori-type activities to keep the toddlers busy: Tot Trays is a great website for ideas), but start getting everyone into a routine of learning together in the mornings, and it won’t be long before your youngsters are right in the thick of it, discussing which Canterbury Tales is their favorite, or arguing whether light is a particle or a wave, or saying they're sad because we'll only be in the penumbra and not the umbra of the solar eclipse.
Honestly, with a diet of great books and great thoughts, stuff like this really happens!