Friday, January 28, 2011
Well, it has been a busy month. Sorry for the lack of posts!
At the start of our term, I made a few changes to how we are doing things, and I've been very happy with how things have gone so far!
First off, I was given a copy of the Accountable Kids book - and made myself handmade sets. We are still only in Stage 1 of the 4 stage system, but we have been having some fairly good results. Delta earns most of his tickets. Echo sometimes earns some, sometimes doesn't. Foxtrot also earns some... she is technically a bit too young for the program.
Second - Although I had been using the Simply Charlotte Mason Organizer for about a year, I recently made a change that has been helping. I'm now printing off the daily plan for Delta and Echo, and putting them in a planner for them. I highlight each item that I think they should be able to do on their own (not many at this stage, but usually a couple...). They get out their planners, and pick what they are going to do next - based a bit on my availability. I do sometimes have to remind them to mix-it-up so that they don't end up with all the readings at the end.... They get to check things off as they finish things - and it seems to give them a feeling of accomplishment. The general idea of planners and a bit more independant learning was from URtheMom.com
Third - I now plan our weekly schedule to be mostly accomplished between Monday and Thursday. (with a math lesson on Friday...) Yes, this makes a little more work each day, but it has done wonders! Why? Well, if the weeks work has been all done, then we have a "Wild Day". If not, then we get it done on Friday. (if still not done, we can do some on Saturday too...) So, our Wild Day involves getting out of the house and going wild. Many weeks it will include Nature Study, and/or Scouting activities. On other occasions, it may be a field trip, or other fun activity. Today there was a blizzard - so we drove carefully to the conservatory and had a picnic in the tropics! We have also gone swimming, and in the spring I look forward to hikes and other fun outside activities.
Between all these things, homeschool activities have gone a lot easier. The kids are more motivated to get things done, and we have found time again for the fun activities I've been missing (and I'm sure they have too.)