I mentioned in my last, rambling post about how I was taking a leap of faith this year. So this year will look different. If you want a list of curricula, the only thing I have to tell you is we will still be using Teaching Textbooks. That is it. Rylan will be starting Pre-Algebra, Cale will finish Math 4, take few weeks to better master multiplication and division then jump up to Math 6. Cohen will complete Math 3 and move on to Math 4, while also taking a little bit of time to brush up mastery.
So, what is our curriculum?
It's an idea board. Where I will pin up ideas I find that might be of interest to the kids as they explore their topics.
It's a weekly meeting with me to discuss progress. To go over projects. To share and edit. To ask questions- both theirs and mine.
It's getting out of the house, going places to spark new interests.
It's going to the library to research and collect resources.
It's a shelf, fully stocked- with most of the basic science experiment supplies, paper, notebooks, art supplies, etc.
It's books. It's chores. It's life.
There is a blog- Project Based Homeschooling- that I have read over and over again. And every time I read through, I think: this is how I want it to be. But I was lost on how to implement it- so I wouldn't. Then I would come across it again and read it all once more. If you get a chance- go and read, all of the past posts on project based learning, they are very good with a lot of good information in both the posts and comments (note- they have recently changed sites, the old one has a very easy to navigate side bar with lots of the posts highlighted).
I am still not exactly sure how to implement, so we are doing our own thing and seeing what comes from it and what it morphs into.
What will I expect from them?
- To choose a project topic to study, research, explore.
- To spend at least a week on that topic. (no maximum)
- To spend a minimum of 2 hours working per day.
- To own the work that they produce
- To work to the best of their ability
What can they expect from me?
- To provide them with the materials they request or need
- To suggest ideas
- To stand back and let them work, research, etc without doing it for them
- To be a partner in their learning
That is my rough plan. I have a feeling it will change as we go along and feel our way. I am sure we will all go through a deschooling period. I am excited to see where this leads. I am apprehensive too- and have to actively push back the 'what-ifs' that tend to take over.