Our School Journal-Entry 14

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

I have been gearing up for the school year. Our new year will officially start the first week in September, and I’m trying out a new schedule this year. I’m going to try six weeks on and one week off. During my one week off, I’ll plan our field trips, library trips, make-up days, and also plan the next six weeks of lessons. I’m really excited about this system for a few reasons. First, it has made lesson planning much less daunting of a task since I only have to do six weeks worth. The process is going much faster. Second, I can make any adjustments that I think need to be made with ruining my whole year’s worth of plans. Third, I don’t have to worry about those plans for another six weeks!

We’ll see how it goes, and I’m sure I’ll keep you up-to-date on the process. I’ve also been morphing my geography plans for this year. I’m taking two different curriculum plans from Confessionsofahomeschooler.com and HomeschoolCreations.com and merging the two together. But that is a whole post of it’s own!

In our homeschool this week…

My son got to read one of my books from when I was a child. It was so much fun! The book is a collection of stories, and the first story “The Monkey and the Bee” focuses on the “ee” sounds, which fits with right where we are in our phonics lessons: long vowels and “e” in “me” rule.

Also, we finished up Around the World in 80 Days during our read aloud time. As I finished the last chapter, my son jumped up and exclaimed, “Yeah! He made it! He made it!” He really loved that story and tracing Mr. Fogg’s journey on our inflatable globe.

We’ve nearly completed the life of Van Gogh in our sticker book, and for those of you who are curious about how I’m handling his insanity. I’ve just told the kids that just like we get sick in our bodies, some people get sick in their minds. Mr. Van Gogh was sick in his mind and had to spend a lot of time  in the hospital. They’ve been totally satisfied with that and very content to just look at his pretty pictures.

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4 thoughts on “Our School Journal-Entry 14

  1. I like the idea of your new schedule. We’re doing a more balanced calendar this year as well. Our breaks will be spread out more throughout the year instead of a huge chunk in the summer. I’m excited to see how it works.

  2. Ooh, I’d definitely like to hear how the six weeks/on one/off goes for you! Very interesting and I love how you can use the week off to handle the planning. Looking forward to those future posts 🙂

  3. I love seeing what things other homeschool moms are trying. We do 13 weeks on and 4 weeks off as per the Charlotte Mason method. I can’t wait to see how it all works out for you!

    I loved studying van Gogh. He holds a very very special place in my girls’ hearts as you can see here: http://holistichomeschooler.blogspot.com/2010/12/ending-2010-where-we-began-van-gogh.html

    Stopping by from The HMJ.

    • Post Author Tracy

      Loved your blog post and the video! I added it to my playlist. The kids loved watching it, and I’m sure we will add it to our study. Thanks so much!

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