I’ve not done what I wanted to on school planning, nor on any of the cleaning and sorting I wanted to do this summer, nor have we made much progress on the free reads. (This is partly because the children insisted on Tanglewood Tales and I hate it.) Dealing with debilitating medical issues has a way of taking over life like that. I don’t think the summer has been wholly wasted as far as the children go, as time spent playing outside, reading for fun, and building legos, is hardly wasted, but I certainly do not feel at all ready for school. And I do want to start school, and in early September, too. It may be more streamlined than I was hoping for, and we may not do as many extras as I would like, but we will do what we can.
I printed out the art prints and made up grooveshark lists of the composers. This worked very well last year and I am glad to be all set to continue it.
I have bought all the core AO readings. I have finished Duchess’s schedules but still need to make minor modifications for Deux. I have not gotten as far on the second and third term, but I think it will be better to wait and see how they are handling the workload so I can make adjustments.
I have scheduled out Marco Polo, drawn up a map to use, and made some simple but I think fun assignments to allow them to create a scrapbook as he travels along. Duchess is enthusiastic about doing some kind of project.
We had to get new tires for the wagon, and while we waited at Walmart we got the school supply shopping done. A lot of notebooks this year–I hope that works well.
The first term of Y4 of MEP is online, so I will have them do that, but we will also have math notebooks for doing some of the group activities and to give Deux more practice writing.
I got my sister’s MP3 player working and downloaded The Heroes and This Country of Ours onto it. If these readings prove too long for Deux, he can listen instead.
I must finish making the memory selections (Spanish, poetry, and Bible–I have hymns and folksongs) and get them printed out. I don’t think I’ll change our setup this year. No sense trying to wrap my brain around something new–it may not be perfect, but it does work.
I must schedule out the variations for Deux (he wants the Bible selections broken into daily readings, and his biography is different.) And print out the weekly schedules, and the geography pages.
I must prepare the timeline notebooks to be filled in. Also, I’d like to have a Calendar of Firsts ready to use with the twins.
I must still put away *last* year’s work. Sigh.
I must put the poetry on my Nook. And, if possible, the math lessons.
Hoping to do:
I still hope to order Spanish curriculum and squeeze it in. I’d hate to lose our progress and I think we’ve exhausted what I can teach informally or through free videos.
I’d like to go through Their Majesties’ old National Geographics for ones relevant to Marco Polo. But I forgot about it when I was over there last week. Bother.
We have, intermittently over the summer, been working on very basic singing lessons, and I have been heartened to see some hint of improvement. I would like to make this more regular.
I might try printing out some fun handwriting preparation papers for the twins, although I might just have them work on whiteboards.
Probably going to postpone:
I’m probably going to put off the expense of acquiring all the science equipment until we find out what the medical bills are likely to be like. Maybe I can plan some lessons that we didn’t give enough attention to from the last book, plus some ones from the new book that don’t require specialized equipment. If not, I’ll try to be really intentional about nature study.
I think I’m going to try something roughly like this:
- Big kids do Bible reading/I read Bible story to twins.
- Everybody does Singing Time.
- I do a morning meeting with the big kids: go over math lesson, do any prep work on readings for the day. Twins play.
- Big kids work independently: math, readings, copywork; I do a reading lesson and story with twins.
- Finish up with big kids, especially Deux while Duchess does some independent computer lessons. Twins play.
- After computer time and lunch, one brief extra lesson (science, geography, art, etc.)
I’m still *very* nervous about how narrations will work in all this, but we’ll give it a try.