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I’ve finally finished most of my planning for M1 who will be in grade 6 this year.
I’ve organized my curriculum closet, even though it may not look like it. My curricula has been arranged in terms of time. This I will use this year, then next year, and things that won’t be touched until M2 comes along. That won’t be until another 6 years, but I’d rather keep it then sell it and have to repurchase it again.
This year, I was more budget conscience and only needed to purchase 3 new books for this year. I had already purchased M2’s book during the spring, which we’ve already started and will continue. I love getting new books, so this year it wasn’t as exciting. My Story of the World 4 book already has a bent cover since M1 has not put it down since it arrived a couple days ago.
I’ve planned out our first 12 weeks at least for everything. A lot of my curricula just has us doing the next thing so I didn’t put in all the page numbers since there are days where we’ll finish more or less and it throws off my page numbers. I usually fill it in after we’ve completed the week. This just gives me an overall picture of where we’ll be at the end of the year if I want to finish our math and history book. I know things will change but it’s nice to have goals.
After that, I decide on a weekly schedule, it’s not fixed, he can do whatever he wants in any order as long as the work is completed on that day.
I’m excited for the new school year, I hope to proceed with an open heart and start anew. There were some math challenges and I’m hoping and praying this year will be better. I was not able to attend our local homeschool conference so I decided to freshen my homeschool spirit by reading some of my favorite books:
- The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
- The Three R’s
- You Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4-8
Susan Wise Bauer has audio lectures on her site that are wonderful, I had to listen to them over again to remember what it was I needed to focus on.
I recommend Homeschooling the Real Child and Well Prepared Student: How to get ready for high school. The writing ones and literary analysis one are great as well.
I was all set on doing physics this year because I thought we should complete the 4 year science cycle. However, M1 loves doing lapbooks still and because of that his favorite subject is science as well as history. I don’t want to change things too much there. We’re going to finish The Elements and then go onto a Electricity lapbook.
I’m so glad we took these last 2 weeks off, I was able to complete so much.