I’m constantly learning and coming up with new ideas on how to do things in my life, particularly in regards to homeschooling. This whole adventure called “homeschooling” has proven to be a HUGE learning experience for me (and I’m thoroughly enjoying it…most days. grin)
This week I am attempting to launch a new “school year”…something which always seems so weird to me since as homeschoolers we’re not bound to the public school year. I know this, but find it still easier to ramp myself up to start fresh when everyone around me (the public schoolers and many of my homeschool friends) is starting a “new year.”
Even more than Jan 1…Aug/Sept just feels like a new beginning every year. The heat is coming to an end (though where I live we will still have at least another month of it) and the school supplies and new season’s clothes have taken over all the stores. Everywhere you go you see items and ideas and articles on fresh new beginnings at this time of the year. So, what the heck, I’m jumping on the band wagon.
This past month I’ve been reading a fabulous book called “Homeschooling and Loving it!” by Rebecca Kochenderfer, from Homeschool.com. I cannot say enough how wonderful this book is! Rebecca is teaching me (via her book) how to work with my children to create their curriculum. I always meant to follow my children’s lead in this, but never really put it into action completely. I considered myself an “unschooler” for a while, but the reality is that I don’t even really do that very well, as I find it far too easy to get caught up in life and forget to watch for my children’s interests. I need a wee bit more structure. But not too much structure because I cannot seem to do that either.
So when Rebecca suggested that I ask my kids to set the goals and WRITE THEM DOWN…This just really struck me as an “AH-HA!” moment! Duh! Why didn’t I figure that out years ago?
But Rebecca goes even further…She says to have your children each set a main goal for the semester or year, and then to have them detail a goal for each subject. BRILLIANT, I say!
So I set about this task and I am now gathering ideas and info to move forward. I’ll keep this site updated with my progress as I feel there are things to share…But for now, I’d like to hear what YOU are doing that is a “new” idea for you this year!
Whether you start your “school year” in the fall as many of us or if you prefer an ongoing education integrated into your daily living…What “new” ideas are YOU exploring this fall?
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