I have taken an extended break from posting, wrapping up an especially tiring pregnancy and adjusting to life as a mother of four (yes, four!) children.
We have maintained a light school schedule through all of the new baby chaos, focusing on Math and Spelling, and a little Science for good measure. But I have been in full planning mode, getting ready for the Fall term, and I figured our curriculum plan for the new school year would be the perfect first post after my hiatus.
Though we do school year round, I typically “promote” at the end of Spring. We spend our summer keeping up with Math and Language Arts, and then move into our full schedule in the Fall.
I’m excited for this new school year! Kyri is becoming more independent in her school work, which frees up time to work on early preschool material with Ender. We’ve changed our Science and History curriculum for this year, and I’ll be posting more details on both as we get into them in the coming weeks.
Kyriandra – 3rd grade (age 7)
Ender – Early Preschool (age 3)
In the past year, I have been doing a lot of reading about the Thomas Jefferson Leadership Education philosophy. It has really resonated with me, and I am incorporating more of the philosophy into our educational style here. Leadership education isn’t something just for the early years, though. It is meant for lifelong learning.
I am always in need of some motivation to declutter. It seems I am always dodging piles of stuff, or rummaging through various junk drawers in search of something.
A friend posted about this “40 Bags in 40 Days” challenge and I was immediately intrigued. The goal is to tackle one room or area each day during the 40 day of Lent. You can read more about the challenge on the website or Facebook page.
What a great idea!
I woke up early this morning and planned out the next 40 days. I figured I would start out easy for my first day, tackling the first of four (yes, four!) junk drawers in my kitchen.
I’ll periodically share updates on my progress. If you are in need of some motivation to declutter, I encourage you to check out this challenge!
I’ve had two different stories about children and math come through my Facebook feed in the last two days.
In Monday’s online edition of The Atlantic, there is a piece that discusses young children being capable of learning algebra and calculus concepts through play. You can read the article here.
While we are spending time each week on formal arithmetic instruction, we also incorporate more concept-based learning experiences.