What's New in Our Homeschool for the Coming Year?

 

Some changes are in the works for year number 12 of our homeschool journey!

What's New in Our Homeschool?

 

The biggest change is that we are planning....  

Planning for periods of work and periods of rest.  This coming year we are cutting back from three co-ops down to one.  Granted this is a shift in workload, but now we have greater control over our schedule and are able to have definite and complete times of rest rather than "high and low" periods of activity with some 'thing' (usually co-op) always going on.  As a bonus we can jump in on those spur of the moment field trips that pop up from time to time!

 

No more visual confusion....

I discovered at the end of this year that my Rhetoric (high school) and Dialectic (middle school) level students were not using their history and literature sheets to their fullest capabilities.  These sheets from Tapestry of Grace, contain the Thinking and Discussion questions for History and Literature  and are the back bone for our weekly Socratic Discussions.  It turns out that the problem was these questions were spaced too close together causing "visual confusion".  The remedy?  I typed them into a word document and increased the spacing.  Lots of work?  Yes.  Chalk this one up to a labor of love!

 

Mom's in "school" too....

I also figured that since I'll have 2 Rhetoric level students this coming year it would make the book discussion that much lively and rewarding for all if I read the literature selections myself instead of relying on the teacher's notes.  Yes - Mom will have homework too!

 

Start with the youngest first....

After our devotional time in the morning, I'll be working with my preschooler right off the bat.  Then, he'll have a time of quiet play followed by a rotation of time with each sibling.

 

What my kinestetic learner will be doing....

My 6th grader will be using Winter Promise.  I love this open and go curriculum and know she will too!

 

What's new in your homeschool for the coming year?

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