Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Plan (and Some Pre-First Day of Homeschool Excitement)

Since my last post I thought we had come to a decision regarding this coming homeschool year (we'll start the week of the fall equinox). T-Guy wanted to move into grade 8 and to use Oak Meadow, so we ordered that. J-Baby didn't want to use OM7 (we'd already covered the science and history), and while I had written that I would consider moving him into grade 8, once I looked at the OM8 assignments I thought maybe they were more work than he would be willing to do.  Not more than he was capable of, just more than I thought he'd be willing to do. I've tried to make children do more than they want to and I've never found it to work all that well. So I thought we'd piece together our own grade 7, with J-Baby joining T-Guy for the OM math and science.

Yesterday J-Baby brought up the idea of moving into grade 8 (I hadn't offered it as an option). We talked about the level of work required and I mentioned my concerns; he thinks he can do it. It's true that he is a different child than he was just a few months ago, more helpful and more willing to do work. I decided that we'll give it a month or two and if it isn't working out we'll come up with something else.

The decision takes a weight off me; I know what we will be doing academically for the first couple of months. That gives me more time to imagine and plan everything else we will be doing - the Waldorf-y parts of our days. Our festivals, crafts, handwork, cooking/baking, etc.


2 comments:

Carla said...

Hi, How's it all going? I've been recently following through your blog and posts on Homespun Waldorf, particularly relating to Enki - which I've just purchased and haven't received. Thankyou for sharing your thoughts about educational choices. Wow what a lot of options there are eh - and always changing. I'd love how things are going with Oak Meadow and a more skill based teaching focus.

Sunshine Alternative Mama said...

Hello Carla! Everything is going well for us, although this homeschool year looks far less Waldorf or Enki than any previous year. We ditched the Oak Meadow for this year and are putting together our own curriculum with various choices. I guess I should update the blog, lol.