This year we are trying to be more intentional about our learning. I know I say that EVERY year. However, with 2 middle school students and 1 high school student it HAS to happen.
If I had the ideal life, we’d be organic unschoolers, always learning, never stopping for a moment to watch twaddle or twitter our life away. We’d be up and ready to embrace the world from sunrise to sunset.
Reality. I make plans. Life interrupts. I have grandiose ideas of in-depth lessons on the merits of dangling participles and my son would rather dangle his feet in the creek. I want to admire the beauty of Monet’s paintings and my daughter would rather create her own version. I want to snuggle up together on the couch, reading the latest literature book and my kids would rather snuggle in their own bed reading the latest twaddle.
The problem is if I don’t have a plan it doesn’t happen. And if I don’t plan to follow that plan it doesn’t happen. I have to stop the cycle of not happening from happening. Before the kids reach college.
So, I said all that to say this. We chose Earth Science Made Simple as our spine for our science study this year. Divided into 18 chapters covering Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology and Planetary Science, this book is set-up for easy lesson planning. I could choose a "meatier" book for our spine but I like the simplicity of this book. This allows me time to add the things that my kids truly enjoy. Videos. Hands-On Experiments. Interactive Notebooking. Field Trips.
Inspired by Guest Hollow’s planning format I sat down last night, book in hand, ready to create a map of intentional learning. 5 hours later I had the first week finished. At this rate it’s going to be a long year of late night planning sessions.
I have included a link where you can download a copy of the 1st week to see how I’m scheduling the days. We are going 4 days a week. Friday is our study/project-based learning days.
We shall see how the first week goes!