I had hoped to be a little more organized. As it is, the pencils are sharpened and I have the first semester planned, but I can’t find Owen’s math books. It’s the school equivalent of getting a ding in your new car on day one. At least I will start the year with realistic expectations.
Our curriculum choices and the books I am planning for us to read are posted on our Learning Plans 2013-4 page. Not a lot of change in the basics there: just separating Jonah’s science out from everyone else (he’ll do Apologia biology, and they’ll do the elementary Apologia Astronomy). But I am planning two new weekly “specials” about which I am very excited.
First, once a week we are going to have a Mystery Day. That is, once a week I will tell the children, “Be sure to wear/pack ______ today,” and then we will leave the house on an adventure. On my list is fishing, visits to friends who live a bit away, hikes, Rocky Mountain National Park to watch the elk, skiing and ice skating. I’m sure I’ll find lots more up here for us to discover, but this is my starter list. I have a feeling that once we settle into our new home, I won’t want to leave it
ever for awhile, and while we’re at my parents, have an extra day that we are out of the house is a good thing.
Second, we’re going to keep a running list of questions that come up during our conversations and school reading, and then on Friday we will research them together (online and at the library). The question that came up this weekend was, “ how do 3D printers work?” This idea came from a Ted talk by Sugata Mitra, which is linked here.
What’s new in your school this year?