Sunday, August 19, 2012

Establishing Rhythm for Homeschooling

I've found that Sunday's are the best day for planning curriculum for the week. It only takes about an hour and a half, or less, to get a basic structure down. This week I added some vocabulary out of last weeks lessons to practice throughout the week for a test on Friday. I've got a pretty good rhythm down for getting everything on paper to reference the night before a lesson. I do all of the curriculum for one child at a time to help me feel less scattered. Because we teach a Waldorf curriculum, we have block rotations dedicated to one subject for 3-4 weeks. Once you're in a subject and lesson planning for the week, I find it easier to stay there instead of bouncing back and forth.
  We open with a review of the previous days main lesson followed by the main lesson of the day. I try not to be too detailed in what I want to do to leave room for being excited and inspired in that moment. I can expand on the topic in any way that feels interesting and fun to us! Then they do their main lesson book writing and drawings from the day before. This is how it's done at the Waldorf schools, present a story about the subject with interesting info, they sleep on it, review it and then put it into form. After their mlb work, they do a simple math sheet to just keep that repetition of facts. This is not a favorite of either child and it's just one of those things they have to practice and keep fresh. This week they'll be practicing their vocabulary words last. All of this only takes about 2 1/2 hours! Their work is turning out beautifully! The rest of the day will be open to any other activities they want to participate in. Molly loves to cook and we've been enjoying looking at Pinterest together in preparation for a fun Halloween party! This is just the rhythm that's working for us so far. Flexibility is the name of the game but having a basic rhythm to go by is so helpful. Good luck to any newcomers to homeschooling!

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