After reading a few different homeschooling blog posts about end-of-year and next-year planning, and (more importantly) after getting six hours of sleep in a row!!!! I'm thinking about what I want to accomplish next year, while taking into account my weaknesses and the gritty aspects of life planning. We generally need an outside activity in the mornings, and a lot of the time I'm so tired by lunch that it's hard to imagine anything but books/videos/educational computer and Leave Mommy Alone! time in the afternoon. But I do want to recover some deliberate activity and set some goals. We're generally strong on science and math, because of Nathaniel's general inclinations. We've fallen down a little on reading, but since he's still writing phonetic words and sentences and will sound out words in books I think we're doing okay.
He won't narrate unless he wants to. He loves me to tell him fairy tales that I've memorized, but he's not that interested in history. He's fascinated with how things work (still) and I need to think about how to use that- maybe read about great inventors? And maybe tie it into art through Leonardo Da Vinci? We're not doing art study, although all of them draw and craft and paint (when I can stand paint. Paint is the devil). I found Thomas 'reading' himself aloud a story yesterday, remembering the parts. I think Thomas might be better with narration but I won't push it.
So, hazily, I want to continue the math that we're doing, and possibly get a math book or two for more direction. I want to start studying art and history, so we can get more out of the museum. We have that map on the wall- I could look for Andrew Lang fairy tale books and we could read stories from different countries, and maybe visit some of the ethnic neighbourhoods. Little India and one of the Chinatowns are close by. But first I'd want them to have context, so maybe do some research first, find stories or videos.
Might be insane, but I'd like to try to take the boys to noon Mass once a week or every two weeks. I might die, but maybe we can manage it.
I think I will also carefully plan for my weaknesses and inadequacies. Better to take them into consideration than blithely pretend I don't need time alone, get snarly, despair about the housework. If we can do something intentional and educational every day- reading, field trip, nature walk, science experiment, listening to music and dancing- I think we'll be golden. I'll look up the entering grade 1 requirements, and that will probably give me extra goals to shoot for. I'll make some kind of comprehensive list after I've thought and brainstormed and synthesized.
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