We start school on Wednesday (tomorrow). I recognize that we’re behind the public schools around the country, but I also wanted to take two weeks off to gather what crumbs of entertainment the tourists left after they returned to work and school.
The kids and I spent our summer inside my husband’s business doing construction work, and I felt that they needed a little extended playtime on beaches that weren’t crowded, and catching up on the relaxing that they didn’t get to do this summer. One of the many perks of homeschooling; and while I haven’t taken advantage of this perk in the past, I am playing that card this year.
I have been prepping this year a little differently. First of all, I have one fewer student to prep for (sigh…) so the time will be dispersed a little differently.
Second of all, I am planning with college in mind. After walking through this last year with my eldest being bound for college, I’ve learned some academic lessons. While I believe that we’ve done a good job with home education, I also have seen that there is more that we could be doing – more that I could be doing to get the kids ready for college.
Therefore, this year I am introducing homework to the kids. I am introducing the use of a syllabus to them. I am giving them some self-paced materials for them to complete. I am having them take notes on what they’re reading. All skills that should help make their transition into college easier.
I am also using their input as to what subjects that they’d like to study. One picked graphic arts. One picked linguistics. One picked spelling and handwriting. I found high school curriculum to guide them (including iTunesU – a great resource) and will give them time to study these subjects.
I also will be leading them in developing their worldview. In an effort to be intentional (see my post Passing It Down – 9/11 Reflections), I am having discussions about values that I have, in the past, assumed were being caught by my kids.
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” – C.S. Lewis
In whatever way education flows through your life this school year, I hope that it fills your minds and your souls.