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Planning Retreat: Main Lesson Blocks

Tonight was step one of planning for next year– figure out main lessons. I mostly went by standard Waldorf main lessons, but looked at some Charlotte Mason syllabi as well. The verdict is:

Kindergarten
Easy peasy. We’ll just work our way through the alphabet with fairy tales and do crafting, cooking, etc. that fits in with the story.

Third Grade
Multiplication Tables
Farming and Gardening
Housebuilding and Shelters (including building scale models)
Old Testament Stories and History
Native American Stories
Flood Stories
Life of Jesus
Astronomy
Telling Time

Fifth Grade
Decimals
Geometric Forms
Botany, including fungi, ferns, algae, conifers, monocotyledons and dicotyledons
North American Geography
Mapmaking
The Book of Acts
Shakespeare
Fractions

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Planning Retreat: Words of Wisdom

We take for granted the rhythm of breathing: filling our lungs with air and emptying them again, drawing something from outside into us and then releasing something of ourselves (for we make the CO2!) back out into the world. But how aware are we of the way the soul breathes also– taking in the content of the world though eyes, ears, etc., transforming it and releasing it again, maybe as a poem, a piece of knitting, a nice clean kitchen? This “soul breathing” goes on all the time and one can see the different rhythmic patterns in it.

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Planning Retreat: Words of Wisdom

The life of hearth and home is contradictory to the busyness of modern materialistic society. It is less, slower, simpler. It is sitting and reading. It is the fireplace. Meals together. Board games. Going to the movies. Taking walks. Watering the garden. Doing nothing. Brunch. Watching the sunset. Lying in the hammock. These things are not frivolous; they are essential. They are the foundation. They are the roots. They are sacred time. All expansion into the world requires times of contraction, of doing nothing.
– Peggy O’ Mara, A Quiet Place, “Hearth and Home”

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A Homeschool Planning Retreat

‘Tis the season– wrapping up one year, ready to start another. Even though I don’t yet have Michael’s portfolio completed or his evaluation set up (note to self: must get on that), I’m already planning ahead for next year. For us, next year begins on the very first day we can start counting towards the 2009-2010 school year, July 1.

I’ve already warned my husband that I want a planning day. I’m kicking him and 4 kids out for the day–maybe even overnight if Daniel can stand it–and planning out the next school. With Nicholas starting kindergarten next year, Katie Grace in third (and my first year of having to report her to the state!), and Michael in fifth/sixth, and two sets of standardised tests to get through, I think planning ahead can only help.