Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Homeschooling A-Ha Moment

I really struggle with curriculum. What should we be doing? What should Eli be learning? Am I leaving something out? STRESS, STRESS, STRESS!!! My a-ha moment came when I realized several things:

1) I just LOVE the Montessori Materials
2) I resonate with the Waldorf Rhythm of Learning

I really struggled with what much of the Montessori style expected from such young children. I don't think a 4 or 5 year old needs to know the Latin for the Kingdoms of Life, for example. The Waldorf relaxed style fits for us much better and I use certain Montessori materials as units are introduced. 

I do like having an outline to help keep us focused. Here's the general outline for next year.

XX means we're off, or using this time to follow Eli's interests.

1 Aug 5XX
2- 12- OCEAN
13- 9
4- 26
5- Sept 2- FARM/ SPACE
6- 9
7- 16- APPLES
8- 23- XX
9- 30 FOREST/ ANIMALS AT NIGHT
10- Oct 7
11- 14-HUMAN BODY
12- 21-
13- 28 - PUMPKINS
14- Nov 4- ANIMALS IN WINTER-
15- 11
16- 18
17- 25XX
18- Dec 2- RAINFOREST
19- 9
20- 16- WINTER SOLSTICE
21- 23XX
22- 30XX
___________________________________________________________________________________________

23- Jan 6XX
24- 13- SNOW/ ARTIC
25- 20- ANIMAL TRACKS
26- 27
27- Feb 3 HUMAN BODY
28- 10
29- 17- DINOSAURS
30- 24
31- Mar 3 BIRDS
32- 10
33-17- WEATHER
34- 24
35- 31 XX
_________________________________________________________________________________________

36- Ap7- PLANTS/ GRASSLANDS
37- 14
38- 21- EARTH DAY
39- 28
40- May 5- INSECTS
41-12
42- 19
43- 26- POND
44- June 2
45- 9- SPACE
46- 16-
47- 23- XX
48- 30XX
49- July 7XX
50- 14XX
51- 21XX
52- 28XX

Eli is really loving learning how to read, so we will continue with BOB Books, Explore the Code, Pink Language Series. We will also be adding RightStart Math. 

I have lots of hands-on activities and Sensory Bins to go with most of these units, in addition to utilizing community resources. There's also plenty of space to explore any topic further if he wishes. I've recently been inspired by Unschooling and could very easily see us going that direction, especially if Eli starts to go that direction. But for now, we're doing what works for us.

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