It is nearly the end of 2010 and I have been busy planning for 2011!
We filed all this year’s completed work.
I wrote out evaluations and recorded our work we accomplished.
For several months now, I have prayed and planned for the right combinations, curriculums and materials for my children for next year.
Using a wonderful Overview and Year Planner from “The Wholehearted Child” I jotted all the basic ideas I had in the ‘foundation’, ‘circles’ and ‘roof’.
Starting with the foundation – Discipleship Studies
We will continue with the very successful “Bible Draw!” pictures of each Bible book; concentrating on the New Testament this year.
For Disciplined Studies –
These are our basic 3R’s and 2nd language. We will continue with our current Singapore Maths, Sonlight readers and Language Arts, Sequential Spelling and Copywork and Dictation for handwriting.
Discussion Studies for 2011 –
After the most wonderful year using my first eclectic curriculum, I have chosen to re-use my eldest daughter’s Sonlight American History Core 3 and 4 for the younger 2 next year for the spine of our Discussion Studies. Although I have purchased the condensed core, I have planned to branch off and take whatever tangent and hands-on activity we may find along the way. I also want to create new notebook pages and minibook combos, and maybe a lapbook here or there … so we may not complete the package in a year … or at all.
For our Classic Literature we will continue our Little House Series with the wonderful free lapbooks from Homeschoolshare.com. This has been an absolute highlight for the girls and it will fit in perfectly with our Sonlight cores.
For Fine Arts we will further our monthly studies of Famous Impressionist Artists and Famous Musicians using Charlotte Mason’s wonderful principles and methods.
For Discovery Studies –
We will enjoy our weekly Nature Study and Exploring Creation With Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day. I have purchased the lapbook to go with this book (one of the very few purchased lapbooks!) and used my time-saving method of preparing the minibooks. We’ll complete Geography cards and definitions and add as much map work with our other studies.
Our Discretionary Studies –
We will include homesteading skills, cooking, baking, sewing, needle crafts, farming, gardening, guitar lessons and other skills or interests
- There! Planning phase 1 done!
- Now, 2. I create a simple page with my 2011 Year Plan. It is a basic planner with daily, weekly or monthly columns.
- Next, 3. I type in the most important subjects on my 36 Week Subject Plan and Record of Work. This forms the most detailed plan and I record everything we do on this same page. This took the longest time because I had to schedule the Artist/ Composer/ Science Lesson/ Poem/ Bible books across the 36 weeks.
- Lastly, 4. I made the Week Timetable for in front of our files. This is the basic daily schedule.
Filing done √
Planning done √
Printing done √
Timetables done √
New Cover Pages in the girls’ files √
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I trust that your final preparations for the end of this year are going well.