Hello again! Whew! I have been keeping myself busy. Even when I’m not busy, I busy myself with something or other. For instance, I am readying myself and my son for home schooling coming up here pretty soon. Yes, other “schools”, public, private and homeschool have already begun, but I have chosen to wait until after Labor Day. Gasp! Yes, the time kids Use To start back to school… that seems like a long time ago in a galaxy far far way! Anyhoo, I figured I would share a bit of my planning and planner right here, with you. But first I thought i would share a bit of pyrography that I have been working on. Now, please note, this is not yet even near finished. Much more to go with this one, but I thought I would share what I have been doing…
This is my tedious little eagle that I just HAD to do. Its taking a bit more of my time than the usual wood burned artwork, but that’s okay, as I think this one is going to turn out really pretty. (You can even see my crossed pistols in the background, that I posted here a while back.)
Now, on to the main things I have been working on… SCHOOL!
(Above is my white-board(dry erase) that has the calendar, schedule, reading list, and will have the word-of-the-day and artist-of-the-week. It is a large EXPO board that someone was getting rid of and I got it Free! The dry erase markers, seen on the bottom left of the board, are magnetic, have an eraser on the top of each one and I found them at Dollar Tree. 3pk for a $1! Can’t beat that! The Lists/schedules are taped to the board using a thin duct tape I also found for $1 and can be removed easily as I need to change things out.)
I chose an online curriculum for my son, but plan to mix it up and use other things as well. We are using All In One High School for the basis of his learning, as I have found it has many things that I believe he will both enjoy and benefit from. This is NOT a virtual school and I don’t plan on using one of those. I did look into it for him and his older brother started out using a virtual homeschool… though we did NOT stay with it for him. I have many reasons for this, but mainly because it follows a school districts set plan and allows just as little flexibility with schedules as a standard, brick and mortar, public school. You still have to attend virtual lessons at preset times(that you cannot miss), you have to go along with the exact curriculum, and you cannot slow down if you need to make sure you understand something and you can’t move ahead if you are done quickly. Which leads me to the next point… you STILL have to spend almost as many hours a day/week as a standard school(even if you finish ALL your work in a very short amount of time) and if you don’t, you will not be in “attendance” for that day. Needless to say, that was not for my oldest when he was in school and it most certainly is Not for my youngest. So, if I am not doing that, what am I doing, you ask? Well, I have have chosen standard, as well as different courses from that, that you would find in a public school.
The tentative daily schedule is as follows…
Word of the day and Artist of the week, Breakfast & Bible reading, Computer, PE/Health, Algebra 1, Oceanography, World History, English 1, ART
And in addition to the online curriculum that we will be using I am adding Word of the Day and Artist of the Week. This is quick, simple work that can be done without difficulty, but can and will be beneficial as I will choose words and artists that are different and possibly new to him. At the end of the year he will have a brain full of an entirely new vocabulary and so many artists and their works, some that he will not have even heard of previously.
As I am making breakfast he will copy the word of the day from our white board and look up/write down it’s definition in his notebook. He will also have to write a sentence using said word.
Artist of the Week is similar, consisting of…
(day 1) Writing down the artist’s name from the board and looking up birth/death dates
(day 2) Writing down where they were born and died
(day 3) Writing down notable traits or facts about them
(day 4) Choosing 3 favorite works of the artist and printing them out for the notebook
(day 5) He will write down what kind of art this artist creates/created. In addition to that, he will have to write down 2 other artists that create(d) similar types of work.
Here is a look at the front of his assignment binder…
Note the paper taped into the left front pocket. This is the weekly/daily schedule for him to follow. Each week I will write one of these out and place it in his binder. Most times things will not change, but if they do, it will be noted here. As you can see on the right side of the binder, it starts with Bible. This will consist of the chapters and verses that he needs to read for that day as well as 4 daily questions that he will answer on what was read.
I also have a reading checklist(above) for his reading outside of school time. This is very important to me as well as him. He Loves to read so much! At the top of his must-read list this year are all of the Harry Potter books, Armada & Ready Player One. He has read only but a few of Harry Potter’s adventures so he wants to read them ALL, as well as his other favorites that he has read and re-read several times, Armada and Ready Player One. I have no problem with this as long as we mix in some classic literature in there as well… and we will. I have a LIST.
Here are a few things that I have included in my “teacher” binder. I need places to put lists and calendars(above) and lots of stuff like that, as well as attendance sheets and grade sheets.(shown below) I printed these (that are a part of a really cute planner) from The Frugal Homeschooling Mom. Check it out!
I have no idea if I will use the 6 week(not pictured), 9 week, 12 week(not pictured) or Monthly pacing guides, but I am glad I have them… you know, just in case.