Yes, we are still here!
As I mentioned in my previous post, Focus Forward, I have spent much time with the Lord working on household organization and time management. By no means do I have it down pat, but I am further along than I was in December. I have purged items from the house, eliminating much of the clutter (not all, but much). A daily household focus has been set, such as Monday is laundry, Tuesday is floors, etc. This has been great, because Mason has now caught on to each daily focus and likes to help.
And then there is the biggie…
…planning the school year. This was a struggle for me. My natural desire was to set a calendar with days on, days off, holidays, etc. Then an accusing voice came in saying that I need to just go with the flow and not be so structured. After all, I said I didn’t want to simply copy a public school setting for our homeschool. I wanted more freedom, didn’t I?
This really took me pressing in with the Lord to seek what He had for me and my children. He led me to the passage of Jesus feeding the five thousand (Mark 6). Before feeding the multitude Jesus had them sit…in groups of 50 and 100.
He organized them!
After defeating that nagging accusatory voice of the devil, I felt free to begin planning and organizing our year. Once I realized this whole thing is about us and what’s right for our school/family, I decided to tackle the school year calendar. There really are so many options out there. You can follow the local public school calendar, year round school, online school, and everything in between. I have always been a fan of year round school. To me, it makes more sense to have frequent small breaks, rather than one huge break giving plenty of time to forget important building concepts.
This is why I chose to do a 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off calendar. “Officially” it is called a 30-10 calendar meaning 30 days on, 10 days off. Wanting to schedule 180 days of school, I started highlighting six week sessions. It turns out to be six sessions total.
This is perfect.
I can break up the planning of curriculum into six separate six week sessions. Planning one session at a time seems much less daunting to me than having to plan the whole year or even a nine week chunk.
I shifted days around during Thanksgiving and Christmas, left some days in around Labor day that I’m sure we may make up some other time. However, I knew if I tried to guess all the days we wouldn’t be “at school”, I would be second guessing the whole calendar! So, I scheduled around the holidays, and left the rest to flow with the Lord during the year. Here is our 2014-2015 school calendar:
After tweaking the holidays weeks, I found that our schedule ended the first week of June. Perfect! This allows four weeks off before starting the next school year with the first full week of July. I am excited to walk through our first year with the Lord, Mason, Madison, my hubby, and many others who will make this possible. There is much excitement to experience first-hand how the Lord will tailor our lessons and learning to each of our individual personalities, as learner and teacher.
Next step, curriculum…
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