Given the pattern of our lives just now is radically different to how I expected this whole home education thing to pan out, I’m applying a bit more forethought to the approach atm. This fits in nicely with Merry starting up a new reading year sort-of-curriculum blog, so I’m going to see what we can do alongside what they are doing. This (brand new) blog category will be used to document our targets and our achievements 🙂
Week one – I’ve printed out The Sing-song of Old Man Kangaroo (unlikely as it seems, we don’t appear to have a copy of Just So Stories around, I was sure we had two!) and Chapter 1 of Our Island Story and I’m going to read one of them to the kids over tea tonight.
Big has requested and done maths already today, as she wants to improve her chess (??) and there was also much scratching of heads over a puzzle at group today with Barbara’s B and Jenny’s C. Both of them did lots of drawing – Small then repeated the letters as I wrote out his name. His other astounding achievement of the day was to inform me that he was going to draw an ‘a’ and then proceed to do so.
Rest of the week, I’ll dig out a poetry book and we’ll read some poetry together (I’ve got lots of poetry books about, so we’ll just see what comes to hand first.) Tomorrow and Weds is school, so I’ll assume that both education and socialisation gets taken care of there (big assumption I know, but I’ve been to this school, and I rather think it’s an accurate one 🙂 ) which only leaves Thurs and then I’m working from home Friday. I might set Big up with a box of bits to pick and choose from over the two days.
Other bits – we’ve had a long discussion about laws, religions, morality and commandments today, and I’m going to see if we can kick off some project work around that.
Only other thing I want to get into is finances, I want Big to understand about money from as early an age as possible, (yes, and Small as well, but he’s not quite past the ‘wow, it’s a coin’ stage yet). So I’ll be pondering what to do with that.
Don’t know whether ballet restarts on Thurs yet, need to fit in some more music and some science I think, then I’ll feel that we’re building a fairly balanced base to all of this. Going to fit in an extra language at some stage, but need to ponder how to achieve that. Occurs to me that our car journeys together could be a possible slot 😉
eta – first poem is Rainy nights, by Irene Thompson, first poem I ever learnt for speech and drama. 🙂 Have printed it out in big type with half a page to spare so that she can illustrate it if and as she sees fit.