Susan has a good post on her blog on
a Sabbath season. Started me thinking.
Talking with a priest from our parish added to the thoughts already swirling in my head, about homeschooling and seasons.
We don't do a lot of planning in our educational process. We live and learn.
I read about education issues. I look at our state's education documents.The boys and I talk - we follow interests. I know what we can do and should do, over a term or a season.
And then the days just flow on from there.
We do some Maths. Some writing. Some reading. Some themes. We talk. We watch movies. We participate in groups. Some art - symbolic self portraits! Music lessons and band practice. Ice skating. Skateboard lessons.
We have meetings to discuss progress and paths.
I keep a log of what we do. And it all gets done. I can check off outcomes achieved on the education outcomes checklist.
This season our focus is Chemistry, via Group Learning and follow ups at home. Alexander is studying Latin. Thomas and Anny French, via some fun computer programs.
We all keep journals and nature journals. And the boys will be blogging this season, as a way to extend writing skills.
Wednesday mornings, before Group Learning, seem to have become a good time for more focused religion reading and writing and discussing. We read about the Saints and celebrate the liturgical year as a matter of course. And Anny is copying out some Latin prayers.
Current events - reading and viewing and talking about the news - takes place.
The Maths we do takes the form of Kumon or workbook or activities or maths journals .
And there is some Kumon English study .
[As an aside - I am a Kumon Education Centre Supervisor and the children have the option of studying with Kumon. Or not. What has been interesting for me to see is that some of my boys like a methodical programme, with clear goals. ]
This term I have replaced our artist and composer of the month with a weekly Latin quote and poetry selection - rotated on the refrigerator. A nice change.
The choices for this week? They are e e cummings and
Cogito ergo sum - I think therefore I am