January is Back to School for South Africans and many moms are getting their last few plans in order.
This year I put together my very first eclectic curriculum for my junior and middle school girls and I’m so excited!
I thought, in my early days of homeschooling, that it was always better to use a bought, professional package, but during the past few years, I used my bought curriculums more as guidelines (and not as strict schedules) and in that flexibility, I could see that it wouldn’t be too hard to put together my curriculum package. I began to pray and the Lord led me and provided me with materials. Much of my curriculum is FREE! Free downloads, notebook pages and free lapbooks will make up the core of the work! 🙂
I’d like to share the processes and steps I took to plan the year and then the weeks plans and share the organizers and planners that I made. Feel free to download and change anything/ ignore what will NOT work for you/ or be encouraged to take these first baby steps ~ yes ~ YOU can also make your own programme!
1. First I used the wonderful “Home Centred Learning Methods” model from The WholeHearted Child Home Education Handbook by Clay and Sally Clarkson from Whole Heart Ministries (read the review on my Book List) and created my overview plan.(Download pdf:Overview_Year_Planner WholeHearted Child)
This is a bird’s-eye view of all that one needs to give a balanced and holistic education.
Next I wrote in all the materials I had to serve each subject and jotted them in the spaces. This is where I jot in the circles all the basic concepts and books, downloads, programs and ideas.
2. From this I created my 2010 Year Plan (Download pdf: 2010 Year Plan Blank) deciding on skills, activities and time I would use. Basically I used this to decide on daily, weekly or monthly workand what skills and activities we would use.
3. Then I broke the year into a 36 Week Overview (Download pdf: 36 Week Overview) and split the work into the weeks for the year. This will become my master plan, but (typical of homeschooling) it will be flexible – I don’t REALLY know how long some work may take or if we decide to spend more time on something. It is not a schedule to be followed, but a guideline! [sigh of relief …]
4. Now my 2010 Weekly Timetable (Download pdf: 2010 Weekly Timetable) was ready. I filled in the work we need to cover for each week and record and comment on the work we complete. This becomes my record of work.
5.And finally I created a Daily Timetable (Download pdf: Week Timetable1) .I will laminate this and place 1 in each girl’s file for reference.
So ~ there it is!
I hope this helps you to ‘ take the plunge’ and use all the curriculum materials lying around your shelves waiting for another year. GO FOR IT ~ create your own curriculum package!
My Subject References:
Maths: Singapore Maths
Reading, Language Art & Writing: Sonlight.com
Poetry: Classic Poems for the Literacy Hour THE WORKS 7 by Brian Moses ISBN: 978-0-330-44424
History: Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (with free lapbooks from HomeschoolShare.com)
Geography: K-2 Maps! by IntellegoUnitStudies.com
Art: Impressionist Painters by Guy Jennings ISBN: 0-7537-1073-0 and further sites found on AmblesideOnline.com
Music: Schedule for composer studies and their music from AmblesideOnline.com
Crafts, Needlework and Sewing: The Encyclopedia of Two-Hour Craft Projects by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc ISBN: 0-49725-51137-8
Typing: Typing Tutor or similar online program
Thinking Skills: Brain Gym for all, Audiblox and other similar books and activities