…In Your Curriculum?
In my ideal world, we’d lean unschool-y and do lots of project-based learning, weekly field trips, etc. In reality, I stink at follow-through! I piece together our curriculum (boxed is too structured!) and choose curriculum that I can adapt to fit our homeschool (no scripted or planned-out-for-me curriculum, thankyouverymuch). And, where I can, I veer us to projects, field trips, etc. I’ve learned how many of those I can realistically expect to do and what types, so my follow through will be successful.
…In Your Space?
I like for each kiddo to have a dedicated physical space to work. In various homes, that hasn’t always looked the same. Most of our years have been spent around a table. This year, we are building desks for each child. Even with dedicated space, they are free to work wherever they want to work–the couch, on their bed, on the floor. It doesn’t matter to me, as long as the work is completed! With the exception of reading, they consistently choose the table most of the time.
…In Your Schedule?
This is the one area I want to rebel!! I abhor strict schedules. A-B-H-O-R! But the part above about follow through? If I don’t have a fairly firm schedule, school doesn’t get done or at least not to the level it needs to be completed. To allow for the variety I crave while providing the structure I need, I block off our day in time chunks–independent work, together work. Within those chunks, I can change the order but they serve to guide me through our day. (Next week I will put up a post with our daily schedule…I’m still fine-tuning it!)
You can also watch my video on this topic. I go into a bit more detail in it.
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